Minimalist Wallet

$89.00

  • Made to order. Typically ships out in ~2 weeks.
  • Numerous leather and thread choices available. View the gallery for examples.

    The 5 pocket version has 2 card pockets on either side and a center pocket. The 3 pocket version has 2 card pockets on the front and a center pocket.

    *Exterior

    *Chèvre Exterior

    French goatskin with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Sherpa Exterior

    French buffalo calf with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Pueblo Exterior

    Italian cowhide with a lightly sueded grain. More information.


    *Vono Exterior

    Japanese cowhide with a glazed aniline finish. More information.


    *Museum Calf Exterior

    Italian calfskin with an aniline finish (+$10). More information.


    *Shell Cordovan Exterior

    Japanese shell cordovan with an aniline finish (Shinki-Hikaku +$60, Leder Ogawa +$70) More information.


    *Sharkskin Exterior

    Japanese sharkskin with a matte or nubuck finish (+$30). More information.


    *Python Exterior

    Japanese tanned python with a soft matte finish (+$70). More information.


    *Python Exterior

    Japanese tanned python with a soft matte finish (+$55). More information.


    *Other Leather Exterior

    Leathers not part of the main offerings can be selected here. Please make your selection from the drop-down menu.

    Previously discussed leather selection can be entered here.

    If you were quoted a surcharge for this leather, please enter price below.

    • 1 $
    *Interior

    *Chèvre Interior

    French goatskin with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Sherpa Interior

    French buffalo calf with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Pueblo Interior

    Italian cowhide with a lightly sueded grain. More information.


    *Vono Interior

    Japanese cowhide with a glazed aniline finish. More information.


    *Museum Calf Interior

    Italian calfskin with an aniline finish (+$5). More information.


    *Other Leather Interior

    Leathers not part of the main offerings can be selected here. Please make your selection from the drop-down menu.

    Previously discussed leather selection can be entered here.

    If you were quoted a surcharge for this leather, please enter price below.

    • 1 $
    • 15 $

    Open-sided construction allows easier access to the center pocket.

    Default accent pockets are the bottommost pockets on both sides of the wallet. If you wish for the middle pockets instead to be the accents, please add your request to the order notes.


    Default accent pocket is the bottommost front pocket. If you wish for the middle pocket instead to be the accent, please add your request to the order notes.


    Accent Pocket Color?

    • $

    What color would you like?

    Please summarize discussed customization.

    Please enter quoted customization cost.

    • 1 $
    *Thread

    Matching thread to the lighter colored leather is generally recommended (except in the case of exotic leathers, where matching the thread to exterior is preferred). For more contrast, consider off-white or gray thread. Note: As item is hand-sewn, thread color will be the same on both exterior and interior.

    • 5 $

    Standard font is limited to capital letters only (max 2 of the same letter). The old style font is smaller, but more expansive allowing for upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols.

    Initials will be stamped in the inner bottom right corner for folding items and in the front bottom right corner for non-folding items, unless specified otherwise. For items with the mini pocket addition, initials will be stamped in the center.

    Please note that foil show may premature wear compared to the rest of the item.

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    Order Notes


Category:

Design & Capacity

  • 3 pocket version best suited for carrying 2-5 cards + a few folded bills
  • 5 pocket version best suited for carrying 4-7 cards + a few folded bills
  • Super slim design is perfect for front pocket carry

Construction

  • Hand sewn using the saddle stitch method
  • All edges are finely creased and polished to a smooth finish
  • Middle pocket lined with leather

I employ both burnishing and hand painting in my work. I will choose a suitable edge treatment depending on the leathers chosen. If you’d like a specific edge treatment, please add your request to the order notes.

Materials

  • World-class French, Italian, or Japanese leathers (according to above selection)
  • Polyester thread for superior abrasion resistance

Water-based glue is used to glue edges and lining. After edge burnishing or painting is complete, a paraffin beeswax blend is applied. Reinforcement is used with Chèvre Crispé, Sherpa, Python, or Sharkskin to prevent stretch and reduce bulk.

Dimensions

  • Height: 7.85cm (3.09″)
  • Length 10.5cm (4.13″)
  • Thickness (at edge) ~0.36cm (.14″)

3 pocket and 5 pocket wallets are identical in height, length and thickness (at the edge). Thickness may vary slightly depending on leathers chosen.

Examples

Smooth black and red with red thread.

Petrolio Pueblo, orange Buttero, and orange thread.

Black Saffiano and black thread.

Wallet shown first shown empty followed by with 6 cards + 2 bills.

Additional information

Weight35 g
Dimensions10.5 × 7.8 × 1 cm

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 Wallet5~5 folded billsYes$65.00
5 Pocket Minimalist Wallet7~5 folded billsYes$79.00
Compact Wallet10~10 folded billsYes$115.00
Minimalist Bifold12~10 folded billsYes$109.00
Vertical Bifold12~10 folded billsYes$129.00
Money Clip Wallet12~30 billsYes$129.00
Modern Bifold14~20 billsBorderline$149.00
Classic Bifold14~30 billsNo$169.00
Long Wallet12+~50 billsNo$219.00

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

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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J.K.
Must buy!

Its like a little work of art. Excellent craftmanship and attention to detail. Very clean work. Coupled with great customer service and fast shipping makes for a great buy. I will definitely place more orders in the future.

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Anonymous
Fantastic, My Go-To Wallet!

Silas has done it again, fantastic quality on both my cardholders. The Sharkskin and Saffiano leathers are great choices and cannot be beat! Thank you Silas :).

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Michelle C.
The Perfect Gift

I bought this wallet for my boyfriend’s birthday gift. He loved to have a little bit of red in it so I asked Silas if he could do a customization for me and he delivered! The wallet came a few days early which was perfect! (I am purchasing from the US btw). My boyfriend loved the wallet and kept showing it off to his friends and family. Thank you so much!

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Anonymous
Sharkskin Minimalist Wallet

I am totally blown away by the quality and craftsmanship that went into this wallet. Silas was fantastic to work with as he helped me find the right configuration for my wallet.

I highly recommend purchasing one of his wallets!

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Tom Lee
Better than expected

Finally got my green shell wallet today through the post. Great stuff! Getting another burgundy one. Thanks Silas.
Tom

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