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pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 14 2019

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Can you spare a few dollars out of your old wallet to help finance this new one? With your help, we can expand the Bench Built wallet range to include beautifully simple leather wallets designed and handcrafted by Bench Built,

Welcome to the wallet that pockets were designed for. The Bench Built leather wallet is for anyone who wants a unique accessory without the flashy excess. 

Let’s face it, most wallets are too big, too thick, and have too many different compartments to slip snugly into any of your pockets. On the other hand the minimalist style wallets don't hold enough cards or cash when needed.  So we created the best of both worlds with our stylish, slimline minimalist wallet that can grow with your needs.  1-10 cards /  0-15 bills.  

The new collection of leather Bench Built wallets features styles ranging from staple neutrals to exotics. And our backers will be among the first to get their hands on them for a discounted price.

High quality, handcrafted, genuine leathers. That’s what we’re talking about here. These wallets are pocket-sized works of minimalist art. There simply aren’t any other wallets like these on the market.

If you’ve never received a compliment about your wallet before, you’d better start getting used to it. Bench Built wallets are handcrafted to attract the eye and get you nods of approval.

The simplicity of the design allows you to securely carry 1 to 10 cards.  You can safely keep folded paper documents in between your existing cards.               

 RFID? That’s radio frequency identification to you and me. Our RFID-blocking wallets are designed to help insulate you from a very particular brand of electronic pickpocketing, called RFID skimming. Identity theft is at an all time high.   When an active card reader is in range, you are at risk for credit card theft.  All of our leather wallets are equipped with RFID Blocking technology. Bench Built has you covered and secured!  

These wallets will be hand sewn with a statement, patent pending money clip. It firmly grips up to 15 bills, yet lets you effortlessly slide them out from under the magnet when it’s time to pay.   

This isn’t your ordinary magnetic money clip. The clip works with two rare earth magnets. We’ve researched and tested the distance requirements to operate effectively and keep your cards safe. 

We've been delighted with how well previous Bench Built wallets have been backed by our supporters and bought from our websites. Our wooden wallets and military grade wallets have their own fan base. But we knew we needed to get into leather wallets. The wallet collection just wouldn’t be complete without them. 

When I was designing this new wallet, I was thinking what do I want from a wallet? I didn’t want a gimmick. I wanted a classic leather feel. I wanted a uniqueness that I could patent, and I wanted a wallet that would make people stop and say wow, where did you get that?

When you say wallet, most people think leather, so our leather range is made for most people! Our products will especially appeal to those who appreciate minimalist design and who want something unique and classy in their pocket.

We treat every wallet we make as a work of art, not just another object we’re trying to sell. And we really hope our customers appreciate the care and attention to detail that goes into the creation of each wallet.

Whether you just want a wallet to carry your cards, or you’re the kind of person who wants cash to remain king, the Bench Built range of leather wallets is for you. And we’re ready to ship worldwide.

As you can see, ours is a slimline design, but unlike other slim wallets out there, you can fit up to 10 cards and 15 bills into a Bench Built. And you can rest assured Bench Built has you covered with our lifetime guarantee.  Simply put: If anything happens to your wallet, send it back for a repair or replacement.  We want you to keep a Bench Built wallet in your pocket.

Every product we sell originates from my workbench in my shop. Hence Bench Built. I like to put time, thought, and effort into each design, and I’m never content until my product is unique and carries that wow factor.  I really believe I’ve achieved that with this latest leather wallet range.

It’s minimalist, it’s stylish, and it has a patent pending segmented wooden money clip, a feature that really distinguishes our wallet from all other pouch style leather wallets on the market. There is nothing else like it. So even though dollar bills and credit cards all look the same, there’s no need to carry them around in an average looking leather wallet anymore. It’s time to stand out in style. 

 We are going to make two types of Bench Built leather wallets: Staples and Exotic.

The Staples will be fashioned from classic genuine cow leather and available in two beautiful shades. These will normally retail for $69. But our backers in our funding campaign can pick up one for 

just $49.

Our Exotic wallets will start at $179. These will be made from materials that include: 

  • Supple Ostrich
  • Edgy Cayman Crocodile
  • Statement-making Hornback Leathers

We will also be offering backers the chance to get a free Staple wallet when they purchase an Exotic. 

  • All Bench Built Wallets offer plenty of space for your cards and cash without the hefty silhouette. They are available in a variety of shades and feature stitching detailing that add elegance to the simplicity.
  • The card slot keeps your essential cards such as a license, credit or debit card, insurance cards, and membership cards securely in place. 
  • Cash is secured by means of a unique wooden clip that is integral to the wallet and attaches with a strong and reliable magnet. The magnet does not interfere with the cards you keep in the wallet.
  • The wallet is also RFID protected for worry-free card carry.

Meet Gyhl Koeppen and Jared Barta, from Bench Built Wallets, the team behind these new leather wallets. Gyhl also creates and builds custom handcrafted furniture, benches and trunks at ChucksWoodbarn.com but that’s another story. 

I love to design and build new things and with wallets, I started with wood because I’m always looking for the unique. My latest wooden wallet had a segmented wooden money clip that people loved. I’ve got a patent pending on the clip and have incorporated it into the latest leather versions of my wooden wallets. 

I’ve always been artistic, and I love designing and creating new things.  After high school, I served my time in the Marine Corps, then finished college with a business degree. This led to me managing a large distribution center which I dreaded. So, with the support of my family, I changed career paths to something I loved – creative woodworking.  Now I'm building and finishing custom handcrafted furniture for Chuckswoodbarn.com 

Chuck’s my father-in-law, and it’s a family business. I love going into my shop and building things from scratch. It allows me to use my passion for creative design, and it feels more like art than a job.

My wooden wallets became very popular. So, I adapted a version of one of my earlier designs, then took it from the drawing board to create a manufactured military-grade wallet. The business grew and I brought Jared Barta in as a partner.  We currently run two locations in Cambridge Nebraska and Topeka Kansas. The process of getting the product to market has been a ride and we've learned a lot.  

We see a big future for Bench Built as we continue to expand our range and offer customers unique high-quality wallets with guaranteed services. And this campaign is our next big step as we aim to introduce our stylish range of leather wallets to the world.  

2014 Gyhl Koeppen creates Bench Built on Etsy as an outlet through which to sell his ideas. He starts with wooden money clips and then moves onto wooden wallets. 

2015 Gyhl adapts his wooden wallet designs to create the Bench Built Military Wallet. Jared Barta became a business partner and together they create - Bench Built LLC

2016 Thier military wallets became very popular, and gave them a valuable learning experience, with a steep learning curve, as they successfully dealt with a problem posed by many customers losing the separate magnetic money clip. They found a dedicated customer base within the military and law enforcement but this wallet wasn’t for everyone. They knew they needed to expand.

2017 Gyhl builds a new style wooden wallet with an integrated wooden money clip. The product is very well received by consumers.

August 2018  Gyhl builds his first new leather wallet. He gives 20 samples to customers for trial and receives overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

Spring 2019  Sensing they are onto a winner, with the manufacturing in place and prototypes made, Bench Built plans a crowdfunding campaign to get support for bringing his new leather wallets to market. 

You can still support our campaign by spreading the word about our new range of leather wallets across social media using our hashtag #BBLeatherWallets #BenchBuiltWallets #BenchBuiltLeather

Help us prove to the world that leather wallets are simply better when they’re Bench Built.

Thank you.

Risks and challenges

There are no risks as far as your rewards are concerned, because your rewards are already approved for production. Our staple wallets are ready to be hand stitched by a great company that’s ready for our order. We will place this order towards the end of the campaign to expedite the delivery of your rewards. We’ll also build your Exotic leather wallets as your pledges arrive. We will deliver as promised! Our challenge is growth. How do we grow our company and keep our customers satisfied? We will go out of our way to make you a satisfied customer. This is a project that came out of my garage. Where else can you introduce yourself and your ideas to such a great group of people, other than "Kickstarter" Thanks for everything! We are nothing without our customers.
Gyhl Koeppen
Jared Barta

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Long-lasting design

Our guarantee states that if anything happens to your wallet we will repair it for free. It's not a throw away item.

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    1 Bench Built Select Wallet - 35% off our retail price of $69. Cognac or Tobacco Select. Choose the color during your survey.

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    2 Bench Built Select Wallets - 30% off our retail price at $140. Cognac or Tobacco Select. Choose the colors during your survey.

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    The Ostrich Moca wallet. With this pledge you also receive a free "Bench Built Select Wallet" of your color choice Savings of $69. Choose the color of the "Select Wallet" during your survey.

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    The Caiman Wallet. With this pledge you also receive a free "Bench Built Select Wallet" of your color choice. Savings of $69. Choose color of your "Select Wallet" during your survey.

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    The Hornback Wallet. With this pledge you also receive a free "Bench Built Select Wallet" of your color choice. Savings of $69. Choose color of your "Select Wallet" during your survey.

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Funding period

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