Minimalist Wallet

$69.00

View our gallery for color combination ideas.

For the interior leather choice, it is recommended to go with Buttero to give the wallet a little firmness. 

  • Exterior


    Pueblo is a full grain vegetable tanned leather from the Badalassi Carlo Tannery in Italy. It has a slightly rough feel initially that will turn into a lovely sheen with time. Its unique look and feel has made it one of the most popular leathers in high-end leatherwork.

    Buttero is a full grain vegetable tanned leather from Conceria Walpier in Italy. It's one of the most popular leathers in the leathercraft world, prized for its wonderful look, feel, smell, and versatility. It has a medium-firm temper and matte finish. 

    Chèvre Crispé is a full grain vegetable tanned goatskin from Relma in France. It has a beautiful natural grain and luxurious texture. 

    Rugato is a full grain vegetable tanned leather from Tannerie Masure in Belgium. It is medium-soft with a glossy finish. Its defining characteristic are the wrinkles that are highlighted for a striking contrast.

    Interior


    Pueblo is a full grain vegetable tanned leather from the Badalassi Carlo Tannery in Italy. It has a slightly rough feel initially that will turn into a lovely sheen with time. Its unique look and feel has made it one of the most popular leathers in high-end leatherwork.

    Buttero is a full grain vegetable tanned leather from Conceria Walpier in Italy. It's one of the most popular leathers in the leathercraft world, prized for its wonderful look, feel, smell, and versatility. It has a medium-firm temper and matte finish. 

    Chèvre Crispé is a full grain vegetable tanned goatskin from Relma in France. It has a beautiful natural grain and luxurious texture. 

    Thread Color


    • Ochre

    Order Notes


Category:
  • Minimalist wallet for a lean every day carry
  • It’s ultra slim and perfect for front pocket carry
  • 3 pocket version carries just the bare essentials: up to around 5 cards + folded cash
  • 5 pocket version carries up to around 7 cards + folded cash
  • Hand stitched and edges burnished by hand to a smooth, glassy finish
  • 100% Full grain vegetable tanned leather from world-class tanneries
  • Semi-lined
  • Made to order

Dimensions: Height 7.8cm (3.07 in) Length 10.5cm (4.13 in) Thickness 0.4cm (.16 in)

Note: 3 pocket and 5 pocket wallets are identical in height length and thickness (at the edge). The 5 pocket wallet has 2 pockets on either side and a center pocket, while the 3 pocket wallet has 2 pockets on the front and a center pocket.

Need a little more room? Check out our minimalist bifold.

How it's made

Here’s how I make our minimalist wallet.

Here are the hand tools I’ll be using to make the wallet.

First, I cut out all the pieces.

I’m using two of my favorite leathers, Pueblo from Badalassi Carlo and Buttero from Conceria Walpier. They’re two of the most famous leathers in the leathercraft world. A lot of the world’s best leather comes from a cluster of tanneries in Tuscany, these two included.

I’m using the ‘nazionale’ color for Pueblo and orange for Buttero. Blue and orange is quite easy on the eyes.

I use a die for the 2 ‘T-slots’ to save some time. The other pieces are hand cut. Quality-wise it doesn’t matter much how the pieces are cut initially.

Next I remove some material from the slots, which reduces a little unneeded bulk and helps so that the slots’ shape don’t show through.

Next, I crease and burnish the card pockets. Creasing is is decorative, and burnishing is a process of using friction to create a smooth, glassy edge that protects it from fraying. Only vegetable tanned leather will burnish properly.

Next, the smaller T-slot is glued to the top of the of body.

Few card holders utilize the design I’m employing. It does takes more work to glue and sew the extra material at the top, but it offers several advantages. 1. The middle pocket will be lined with leather 2. The top of the wallet is stronger 3. The edges are all one thickness, making it very sleek and streamlined.

The next T-slot can be immediately glued on.

Next, this pocket is prepared for stitching.

The pocket is sewn on and the stitching is flatten with flat-faced pliers.

The next card pocket is then glued on.

The top of the body is trimmed flush. Most handmade goods skip trimming which lead to poor finishing (if done at all) and crooked stitching lines.

Everything needs to be perfectly even for proper edge finishing and straight lines of stitching to take place.

Next, the stitching holes are made.

The tops are saddle stitched and the top is creased and burnished.

The two halves are now ready to be glued together. First I rough up the interior edges for better adhesion. Then the halves are carefully aligned.

As you can see, the top is lined up just right, but the other edges aren’t even. The wallet is made oversize for this reason. I now will take about 2 mm off the side and bottom and take the whole wallet to its final size.

The wallet has been trimmed and the stitching holes made. The dimensions have been carefully thought out so all the stitches are the same size and the card slots are not pierced.

Wallet is saddle stitched. Almost done here. Saddle stitching takes a lot of time, but other forms of sewing cannot compare in aesthetic or strength.

Sewing has been finished. Next the edges will be rounded, creased, and burnished.

Done

Compare Wallets

ProductCard CapacityCash CapacityFront Pocket FriendlyPrice
3 Pocket Minimalist Wallet6~5 folded billsYes$49.00
5 Pocket Minimalist Wallet8~5 folded billsYes$69.00
Card Case8~3 folded billsYes$59.00
Minimalist Bifold12~10 folded billsYes$89.00
Money Clip Wallet12~30 billsYes$109.00
Modern Bifold14~20 billsBorderline$119.00
Classic Bifold14~20 billsNo$149.00
Long Wallet12+~50 billsNo$179.00

Listed capacities are a rough guide to help you choose a suitable wallet. If no wallet suits your desired carry, we’d be happy to discuss making a custom wallet for you. If you need further recommendations, feel free to contact us.

Note: Cards and cash compete for space in many of the wallet designs, so carrying at or near capacity for both cards and cash simultaneously won’t be possible.

Customer Reviews

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D.V.
Very Satisfied

The quality of the wallet is something that I could have seen myself buying in the past years, but at this price it was something I had to try. I would normally buy bifolds but this wallet is doing the trick and it is doing it well.

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B.I.
Solid wallet

Well constructed from a good leather. Customization gives the wallet an edge compared to others at price point.

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B.S.
A work of art

This is the ultimate form of the 5-slot cardholder wallet. I love that you can see how it’s made on the blog, and it looks wonderful up close.

Cards stuck in the slots at first, but loosened up after removing and replacing a few times. The centre pocket opens fairly easily by pinching the sides. Comfortably holds my 5 cards and ~6 bills so far. Cards seem to bend outwards slightly regardless of how much or how little is in the centre pocket, but I expect the pockets will loosen up a bit with some wear.

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B.S.
Custom ordered minimalist wallet

I ordered a minimalist wallet with a special request to use a leather not available on the website. Silas was quick to respond that they could make it for me! The wallet is even nicer in person, and the quality is very good. Shipping to Canada was also quicker than the outlined estimates, as my wallet arrived in about 2 weeks time. Would absolutely recommend, and will probably be buying more in the future as gifts! Thanks.

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J.C.
Great wallet, A+ quality

Received the wallet yesterday. The leather feels amazing, the cards fit in effortlessly and just a wonder to look upon. The stitching is fantastic as well, would buy from again if the need ever arrived but the quality leads me to believe the wallet will last me more than a few years.

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