"I am not shocked to see, with the current popularity of the Moleskine,
that someone has finally gotten the idea of producing a knock off. The faux-skine is a dead ringer for the trusty black books except that the cover is
sort of slick like wallpaper, and the elastic band is attached on the
inside of the back cover rather than the outside. Apart from
that…well I thought it was one of the new Moleskines–it even has an
expanding pocket in the back."
"I was shopping in TJ Max today when I saw a brightly colored journal that
resembled a pocket Moleskine. Upon picking it up, I noticed that it had the
elastic band, page marker, and back pocket that are all trademarks of
Moleskines. Unfortunately, I could instantly tell that the quality of these
notebooks was nowhere near the quality of the Moleskine in my jacket pocket; in
fact, I took mine out to compare. The knockoffs were from a brand called Kolo
(kolo.com). I took a picture with my phone because they looked so similar. Also,
the paper wasn’t that good, and the binding didn’t lay flat. And at $5.99, it
wasn’t nearly worth it. Have you seen or heard of these before?"