This leather cover is beautifully constructed of rich authentic leather. The thickness of the leather has enough weight to protect my journal but not make it too heavy. (the stitched edges of the flap sides are 1/8" in thickness) I only inserted only the back cover of the soft cover journal into the right flap of the cover- a hard cover Leuchtturm 1917 would work better. The embossing looks hand tooled. The stitching is of nicely contrasting cream colored waxed thread. I have used a bit of brown Kiwi wax shoe polish on it to cover little marks that come in daily wear with leather and along the fold of the spine. After considering 20+ covers on Etsy to fit the Leuchtturm 1917 and Rhodia Goalbook I'm so happy with this choice. Shipping time worth the wait- 15 days. I am in love with this cover and highly recommend it.