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Edition #29 Notes

The Leaders edition is a special collaboration with educator and writer Marcie Alvis-Walker. Marcie runs the Black Coffee with White Friends blog and Instagram, alongside Mockingbird History Lessons for Adults, and the Cream & Sugar book club.

This edition contains a timely reminder by author Octavia Butler, who in Parable of the Talents wrote about what it means to be a true leader and the active part we all must play in making sure we choose leadership that is kind, just, and for all.

Watch how the notebooks were made and listen to my conversation with Marcie about how Leaders came together.

We are donating $5 from every notebook to Color of Change, an organization that empowers us to do something real about injustice through legislative action.

Also available in a Junior size

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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Leaders specs

"Kindness Eases Change" and a portrait of Octavia Butler
Created with
Marcie Alvis-Walker
Online at
Cover Material
Organic cotton
Material Fray
Bright lime
Endsheet Design
Octavia Butler's writings
Endsheet Material
80lb coated
48 pages on 70lb smooth white
Room205 by Simon Walker and Caluna by Jos Buivenga
October 2020


Choose with wisdom

"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought" – Octavia E. Butler

Three gradients

Leaders comes in three gradients, from the color palette used by Marcie in 2020 on Black Coffee with White Friends.

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 Leaders 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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