About this project
Simple, practical and attractive.
"Little Red Wallet" & "Red Jac" options.
High end full grain leather will develop a rich patina over time.
"Back in Black" & "Red Stitch, Blue Stitch"options
Color combinations and materials (leather, vinyl, fabric) are almost infinite, but I am keeping it simple to start.
It fits well in the front or back pants’ pockets and has no uncomfortable sharp edges or angles.
Classic color combination of Black and Tan, just like my Dobe.
Yellow lizard skin with tan lining
Monaco Blue lizard skin with tan lining
The Color Combinations
All Rewards are for one (1) wallet - You need to pick the pledge that corresponds to your desired color combination.
"Back in Black" options
(a) - Black leather with Black stitching and Tan suede lining,
(b) - Black leather with Black stitching and Black suede lining,
(c) - Black leather with Black stitching and Red suede lining,
(d) - Black leather with Black stitching and Blue suede lining.
"Red Stitch, Blue Stitch" options
Only available with $90 pledge.
(a) - Black leather with Blue stitching and Black suede lining,
(b) - Black leather with Red stitching and Black suede lining,
(c) - Black leather with Blue stitching and Blue suede lining,
(d) - Black leather with Red stitching and Red suede lining.
"Little Red Wallet" options
(a) - Red leather with Red stitching and Tan suede lining,
(b) - Red leather with Red stitching and Red suede lining,
(c) - Red leather with Red stitching and Black suede lining.
"Red Jac" options
Only available with $90 pledge
(a) - Red leather with Black stitching and Black suede lining,
(b) - Red leather with Black stitching and Red suede lining.
8 years ago, I wanted a slim wallet and could not find one anywhere so I decided to make my own with a piece of scrap leather. I ended up using that wallet for 7 years, during which I got a lot of compliments and inquiries, even though it was roughly made. Now there are more options for slim wallets on the market, but nothing as practical and elegant as this one. So one day, when I found myself in between jobs, I bought a heavy-duty sewing machine and started making different prototypes, working to refine the design to optimize the size and quality. I played with the colors of leather, thread and lining, and dreamed of the possibilities that were not in my budget (custom made elastic band, leather embossing...) The first wallet I made 8 years ago (I sewed it on a basic machine and broke the needle several times). Over the year it developed an amazing patina. A year ago, I made a bunch of prototypes with leather scraps I bought at Tandy's Leather to refine the size and look of the wallet. I gave them to friends to test their strength and usefulness, Some of my prototype were pretty ugly with bad stitching, but all my friends kept on using them. I tried different sizes of threads, leather weights and elastic bands. Then I bought some expensive Italian leathers, suede lining and a $900 Sailride Ultrafeed with a walking foot to make new wallet prototypes. The right machine was the third one I bought, one that is used to sew sails for boats. The problem I encountered was getting the stitching perfect, especially with the contrast stitching. There is a machine that does this perfectly, the Brother BAS-311G, but it costs $10,000. Factories own that type of machine. For production reasons, I picked up 2 leather colors, black and red, and 4 lining colors, tan, black, red, and blue. I made a sample of each and had my friend take some pictures which turned out pretty nice. The feedback I have been getting on them is overwhelmingly positive and everyone agrees on one thing – I should get this out as soon as possible because the world is ready for an attractive slim wallet. They have encouraged me to launch the design on Kickstarter, because its forward-thinking audience might embrace this unique wallet and help make this design a reality. After searching for the right manufacturer, I am finally presenting this concept to you on Kickstarter. I am using top-grain and full-grain leather, which will develop a rich patina over time. This is a luxury, hand-made product at a reasonable price range. The leather, finishes, and thread are the same as high end luxury products. I actually use a 2.5 oz leather weight, which is much thicker than the paper thin leather used for most wallets, and it adds to the strength and durability without compromising the slimness. I use an elastic band designed for garments, that is resistant to wear and tear, and even washing. This got put to the test when one of my friends actually forgot his wallet in his pants while doing laundry and, although we would not advise trying this with yours, the wallet came out just fine.
It is classic and yet innovative
The lining is made of soft suede leather, and reminds me of an Italian sports car.
Compact and secure with clean lines when full.
Dimensions are optimized for the width of a US bill note and the length of a credit card on each side. When I travel, I simply fold the larger foreign currencies.
This is way more cash than I usually carry, but if you’ve got it, this slim wallet can take it. It is shown here with a wad of cash, 8 credit cards (4 in each pocket) and a few business cards. Also shown with 2 credit cards only (side view).
A lot can be stuffed in that small wallet and still look good
A standard wallet size and iPhones comparaison
Foreign Currency Predicament
The wallet is optimized for the size of credit cards and the width of US bills. Euros, Pounds and other currencies come in various sizes. I like the US standard of having all bills be the same size and while there are definitely pro's and con's for both standards, the wallet are made to US standards When I travel, I just fold the foreign currency one extra time and it stays secure in the wallet. I will add some pictures soon.
Slim Wallet Taken To The Limit
(it got a thick skin - 3oz leather weight and a strong thread - 92 size nylon thread)
I inserted 8 cards on each sides (16 total), new record! See video:
Patent Pending US 20130056119 A1
I have ordered several samples from different factories in the US, which are few and far between these days. Some are charging as much as $400 for one sample while other charged $100. Only 2 factories sent me samples that were to the specifications and quality standard I expected. I sent prototypes, explanations and drawings of the design, and my process to make the wallet.
These US factories only produce minimum orders, the funding will help achieve that and will go towards:
WEEK 1 & 2 (mid-June)
- buying the black and red hides and the suede lining
- ordering several die cuts
- ordering an embossing stamp for the logo
- ordering the packaging boxes and labels
WEEK 3,4,5,6,7 AND 8 (July and early August)
- production starts and wallets are sent as batches are completed
- pay for help to do the shipping and handling
Risks and challenges
The challenges will be getting the word out, and convincing Kickstarters and new comers to participate. There are many amazing projects and getting the attention and momentum necessary to get funded will depend on my ability to motivate my friends and the Kickstarter community to pledge and tell their friends.
The wallets will be made in the USA. I have had many people advising me to produce them in China, India or even South America, but I strongly believe in supporting US manufacturing. I think that not only is this good for the US economy, but also that any of the extra cost of producing in the US will be offset by the hidden costs associated with overseas manufacturing (traveling, customs, quality issues, language barriers and work ethics.)
Once the funding is in place, my challenge will be producing a very large quantity of wallets, maintaining the quality and delivering on time. I have been working with leather suppliers and two US-based factories that have consistently made samples to these quality standards and can handle large orders. Although I would like to offer even more, I have tried to limit the color combinations to assure a fast production to deliver on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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