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A new line of eco-friendly wallets made from vintage menswear (neckties!), inspired by the time-honored style of iconic male figures

This is your chance to support a great new eco-friendly business, snag some incredibly dapper wallets, and help make my dream come true!

I am gearing up for the first production run of Jetsam, a new line of eco-friendly wallets made from vintage menswear. Here's what they look like: http://carryjetsam.com.

I've personally sewn over 3,000 wallets since 2007, when I founded my first line of handmade wallets. I started small, selling them at local craft fairs and on Etsy, and sales slowly grew through word of mouth.

So many people wanted to get their hands on my wallets that I was constantly selling out and had trouble keeping them in stock. It got to the point where I had to turn down stores all around the world who wanted to carry my wallets. After a long search, I'm so excited to have found capable producers who are ready to start sewing the first large-scale run of my awesome wallets!


Jetsam was inspired by the time-honored style of iconic male figures. I've taken historic masculine textiles and reinterpreted them for the future. It's old-school haberdashery for the guy who doesn't wear a suit.

The initial Jetsam line-up includes 4 editions of the classic 3-pocket billfold.

  • The Prepster edition features dapper patterns and traditional hues from reclaimed classic neckties
  • The Uncle Larry edition features bold patterns and bright colors from reclaimed retro 70s-era neckties
  • The Natty Professor edition features classic tweed herringbone from reclaimed vintage men's jackets
  • The Spiffy Lumberjack edition features colorful plaids from reclaimed vintage shirts

I'm all about sustainability, so I've made Jetsam as eco-friendly as possible. Jetsam is a 16th-century term for unwanted material that was thrown overboard to lighten a ship's load. Each Jetsam wallet is a product of unwanted or discarded materials, such as end-run fabrics, cast-off clothing and vintage textiles. 

Each wallet also comes packaged in a signature gift box, made from 95% recycled paper, perfect for gift-giving.

If you support Jetsam on Kickstarter, you will be helping me take the last step towards making my dream a reality. On top of that, you will get super awesome rewards!

Please support my project; even small contributions will mean a lot. If you know someone else who might be interested in supporting Jetsam, please let them know! Thank you so much!

Many, many thanks to the super rad Longman & Eagle for letting us film there and serving us tasty drinks, and to the talented Sergio Salgado for his amazing filming and editing skills.

International Backers: Please add $3 per wallet for shipping.

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FAQ

  • A "custom" Necktie Wallet will be the standard Jetsam 3 pocket billfold, but it will be made from a special tie that you mail to me. The tie must be heavyweight polyester- silk neckties will not work for this purpose. Please send me a message if you have any questions!

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  • You can't pick out your individual wallet for the super discounted Kickstarter preorder price (they're mostly one of a kind!), but you can let me know which edition you want after the project is funded, and I'll send you an awesome surprise wallet from that style. Please keep in mind that these wallets are one- or few- of a kind! You won't get one of the wallets you see in the photo, but a different wallet in that style category: plaid, tweed, retro necktie (uncle larry) or classic necktie (prepster).

    If the exact pattern or color is super important, you can wait until next month when the wallets are available in my online shop. You won't get the special Kickstarter discount, but you'll be able to pick out the exact wallet pattern you want.

    Thanks!

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  • Yes! Please add $3/wallet if you'd like the wallets shipped outside the US.

    If you're outside the US and you'd like to order the custom wallets, please message me first with your location- it might not be possible to get them to you before the holidays.

    Also- please be aware that it's possible you will be charged customs duties or fees when the package arrives in your country.

    Thank you!

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