Help me with some ideas. I know there must be some artisans around who make something classy and quality.
I would say give etsy a try. There are many artisans there, and a lot of the items are made to order all by hand at very reasonable prices.
They have quite the selection to browse through, I think something like this would work well: https://www.etsy.com/listing/269143842/leather-xl-moleskine-folio-notebook
I'd look for something that uses vegetable tanned leather and saddle stitching. Very happy with my leather macbook sleeve I purchased from Capra Leather.