The plastic bag to the left unfortunately symbolises how I travelled this summer. I looked extensively locally for a more elegant solution but the local market for carry appears to have changed. No longer can you easily find iconic cases for your iPhone, nor can you find beautiful products like this leather wallet from Bellroy (truth be told products of this quality are hard to find anywhere). In Taiwan, or at least the city in which I have live, perhaps interest has waned or simply changed to online retailers.
I have had one of Bellroys’ slim wallets for a number of years and can attest to the quality. It’s developed a lovely patina in places and still retains it’s original good looks and that great leather smell. It feels great in your hands too, a surprisingly often overlooked characteristic considering the amount of time wallets and cases are in our hands.
Bellroy’s Elements zip wallet features a water-resistant zip closure and vegetable tanned leather for all-weather protection, internal pockets for passport and currency, a micro travel pen with refill and Bellroy’s 3 year warranty. Perfect for your travel essentials or simply a fantastic way to protect your iPhone and a few items you need through-out your day. It’s on my wish list.
Bellroy Elements Travel Wallet
HuMn Wallet in the field
The HuMn 2 wallet is a sleek, minimalist wallet that can be configured in one, two or three powder coated aluminum plates with a shock strap. The aluminum plates protect you from electronic theft by shielding your credit cards from EMI and RFID skimming. The wallet comes in a variety of colors allowing complete customization. And despite being small and streamlined, the wallet can accommodate almost all world notes.
See them here.
Pouches like these are a great way to carry around a number of different objects in one place – with the added benefit that your invest won’t be obsolete when the next great gadget appears. You can likely find these locally but if not these handsome handmade Pouch Wallets are an excellent option. Made with a brass zipper, black matte horsehide outer and natural linen lining.
Black Pouch Wallet Med handmade by Rennes in Boston.
The Stud Wallet by SouthernField Industries is a small, simple, slim & compact wallet for the minimalist. This wallet is hand sewn with artificial sinew thread, and has just only one slot for your cards and folded cashes.
An interesting alternative to the Malcom Fontier Mojito or perhaps Bellroys excellent Note Sleeve. I like it but prefer a bit more organization.
Handmade in Japan of vegetable tanned cow leather.
The Stud Wallet
Bellroy, makers of fine wallets and advocates of improving how and what we carry, have a great short film for the release of their new collection. I think the Micro Sleeve looks fantastic.
Bellroy sent me a wallet late last year and I have been using it ever since. Their products are durable, work well and importantly, look really great. I share allot of bags on Popwuping but only a few do I consistently come back to recommend again and again. Bellroy is one of them. I do so not just for the quality of their craft but also for their passion for all things “carry”; you just know they are going to keep improving over time.
I have their Slim Sleeve Wallet but here is what they have to say about their zippered and water-resistant Very Protective Wallet:
We get taught at an early age about the importance of protection. ‘Don’t forget your helmet!’ Mum would yell as you walk out the door to go ride. While the Very Protective Wallet won’t protect your head, it will protect everything in your wallet against those things like sand, dust, gum and even the odd water splash.
They even have a great stop-motion video for you to check out.
The Very Protective Wallet by Bellroy
Bellroy has produced a nice little video detailing their excellent Hide & Seek Wallet. Made from vegetable tanned leather the wallet features 4 quick access card slots and a protected section for to hold less used cards and business cards. I like how it hides your bill count from prying eyes.
Bellroy Hide & Seek Wallet.
This slim wallet has all that those of us who like to carry light need; great looks, size and simple organization. But as much as I love Hard Graft’s work, and the materials they use, I can’t help wondering if their use of wool works with a wallet of this size. Leather would age better and synthetics would last. I’m nitpicking – like all the accessories in their catalogue it looks great.
I’m hoping for their fold wallet for iPhone for Christmas.
Hard Graft Card Case
From the experts in all things carry comes a quick review of the Temono Pipi, a leather wallet handmade in Melbourne.
I guess the main drawcard with Temono wallets is the love that goes in to them. Every wallet is made to order, completely by hand, by the son of a saddle maker. It means you’ll usually have to wait a couple of weeks for it, but the bonus is that you get to really play with configurations.
This is a wallet for your emotions. It feels amazing, shows it’s craft well, and is incredible value considering the love that has gone into it. It is a craft wallet though, and so does not use tricks like skiving to reduce seam bulk and stacking density. That means there are smaller and more efficient options from non-craft makers.
Very well said.
With the exception of the wallet I picked up in Bangkok for my passport I’ll never put anything in my pocket larger than a jimi. But I do love great craft and these look amazing.
Take a look at the rest of their catalogue as well. I love their hippo notebook cover – very similar to what I use on a daily basis. The te. pon would make a beautiful pouch for your mobile.
Temono. Via Carryology.
Included in vela’s 2010 fall/winter collection entitled “project number two ” are these beautiful vegetable-tanned leather wallets with organic cotton lining. The strap is useful accent. Love the available colours.
The small sized wallet might lend itself to a more comfortable back pocket carry. If given the space we tend to fill it.
Veja Leather Wallet
Wood Wallet, by Israeli designer Itay Laniado, uses a credit card as a lid for a small chamber for money bills and coins. It has room for 4 cards on top of each other. Though they can often be a bit frustrating when hurriedly trying to grab a bill at the cash register, I’m a big fan of slim wallets and this makes for a nice alternative to my often used Jimi.