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  • Corduroy & bookcloth cover
  • Hand-made in Fair Lawn
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Edition #43 Notes

Playground was designed by artist Hugo Moura who lives in Portugal and goes by the studio moniker Xesta. Hugo's work centers around typography, textures, and lots of sketches big and small. A peek into Hugo's sketchbook is an absolute delight, and designing this edition with him allowed me many peeks and to experience quite a bit of that delight. To make sure Hugo's prolific doodling came through in the final design, we decided to add an EXTRA endsheet into the notebooks with some of his initial sketches.

The cover of Playground was screen printed my me onto a textured corduroy fabric using pearlescent white ink. It's a cover that is fun to look at –  the contrast changes as the light shifts – and feel too. Inside you'll find a yellow lokta endsheet with an inky pattern Hugo illustrated, which I screen printed as well.

This edition was without a doubt the most ambitious production yet, and for the both of us it felt like a playground of craft and design. We hope this edition inspires you to find the playground within.

Fray level: High

Most Dapper Notes covers are made using fabric, which naturally frays with use. Each material behaves differently, and this meter will help you gauge how much fraying to expect from your notebook. Read more about fabric covers

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Playground specs

Hugo Moura
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Cover Material
Material Fray
Cover Ink
Pearlescent white
Endsheet Material
Handmade lokta
Cover & Endsheet
Screen printed
Sketch Sheet
17lb Neenah UV transparent
70lb dot grid smooth white
Notebook Size
3½ × 5½ inches
February 2023


Textures everywhere

From the cover's coarse corduroy texture that is soft and oh so fun to hold, to the endsheet inside and everything in between, Playground is a delight for the senses

Process of play

Explore the process of making Playground with any of Hugo's sketches for the cover's design, printed onto a semi-translucent paper in what is the first Bookhead Club edition with a double decorative endsheet.

All in the details

Can you pinpoint what inspires you to write, to doodle, to journal your everyday? No matter the source, your Dapper Notes was made with extra care for all the little details, and is ready for you to capture life!

How Playground was made

Every Dapper Notes notebook is made by hand, from scratch using a variety of materials including: a fabric cover that's bound to bookcloth, a decorative end-sheet, all sewn with waxed thread. Watch this video to see how they're made, step by step.

Dapper Notes notebooks are

Fabric covered

Every notebook cover is made from two materials: a good looking fabric on the outside backed by book cloth inside.

100% made by me

Straight from my studio in Fair Lawn, you’re getting premium paper, wax coated linen thread stitching, glue and a little love.

Shipped everywhere

My hand-made notebooks can be sent directly to you to any location in the world where USPS delivers.

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Dapper notes are the antidote to the digital age. Every item is handcrafted, hand-sewn, and designed for maximum delight.


Highest quality construction and materials, keen eye for detail, and delicious design, month after month.


Dapper Notes are the best quality pocket sized notebooks you can get. The textile cover and thread binding means the books will hold up through time. I love the thick paper as well; good for fountain pens.


I am a lover of texture, both visually and physically, so the different book covers are perfect for me!


Wow, beyond beautiful. They are very well made and sweet. Thrilled to have these gorgeous notes.


Beautifully made, exceptional craftsmanship, wonderful customer service!


I love this notebook. It's beautifully hand crafted, very sturdy, and makes a great conversation piece. 10/


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