Proof is proud to bring to you another great eco-friendly wood accessory, Our custom wood wallet.
About a year ago we came to kickstrarter to fund one of our new wood sunglass designs "the Ontario". We were very happy with the response and all the support we received and thought what better way to introduce one of our newest product lines here at Proof then to offer it to you on kickstarter. Here at Proof we pride ourselves in what we make and are always in the shop working on new products and improving our current ones. Our newist product which we will be bringing to market is the Proof wood wallet / money clip. We are proud of the craftsmanship and functionality that the wallet offers and know you will be to. Let us tell you a little more about Proof and our newest product.
Who We Are:
We've been asked the question "What's next for Proof? More Wood Sunglasses?" Well, that's a given. We'll continue to make the finest handmade wood sunglasses in the world, but we wanted to expand the brand into some new products without losing what Proof is at the core and who we are as a brand. We feel that doing good and good business go hand in hand and are trying to prove that by making a difference with our products and our company.
So that's why we are excited about our wood wallet that we are offering exclusively here on kickstarter before we make them available to the general public. You help us fund the manufacturing of the wallets, and we hook you up first and with a special price.
So why a wallet?
Well, most everyone carries a wallet. Both men and women, young and old. You gotta carry your cash and credit cards. We also used to have a hulking wallet that carried rewards cards, phone numbers, reciepts, pictures, scraps of papers with phone numbers and notes on them, in addition to cash and credit cards. It looked something like this:
Kinda of sad right?
While it carried a lot of stuff it was disorganized way too bulky and the big bulging right back bulging back pocket look never really caught on.
Then we converted to carrying it in our front pocket (which is safer and more secure) when we'd travel and that wasn't much better. To be honest we were starting to feel a lot like George from Seinfeld as the girth of our wallets grew.
On top of that sitting on a wallet if you carry it in your back pocket can be bad for your back and circulation.
We used to follow this advice and remove our wallet when sitting down or getting into a car,but there were many times where we left our wallet on a diner table or in the car. The Wooden Wallet solves all that that by reducing the mass and allowing you to carry it in your pocket or purse.
How does a wood wallet work?
The design is very minimalistic, its made with a piece of sustainable wood which offers rigidity and protection to your stuff. A single recycled bicycle inner tube holds all your business cards, credit cards, cash, etc. in place. We've used 2 sustainable woods: the quick growing bamboo and the clean looking birch to make the minimalist wood frame that acts as the backbone of all your cards and cash. Coming in at just 3mm thick they are light, strong and good looking. The woods used in our wallet are very durable and protect your valuables from the wear and tear of daily use. The wallets designed in a way to protect and organized your belongings while making them accessible with groves to easily slide out the things you need only when you want them.
Why A bike Inner tube?
We are based out of Boise,Idaho and unless you've spent some time here you probably wouldn't know Boise was a bike town. Its really quite bike friendly and we would suggest one of the best bike cities in the US. You've got the Boise Greenbelt which is 22 miles of biking, walking and running paths that wind their way along the Boise River.
It is pretty awesome. Boise also has the Boise Foothills which has over a 100 miles of trails for mtn. Biking, as well as some local ski hills that provide some sweet single track in the summer. Downtown Boise is bike friendly as well and tons of people ride their bike downtown and park it on the street and pop into their favorite diner or coffee shop. with a friend.
Even the bike racks get love in Boise. Most bike racks in the down town area have been knitted. You can lock your bike up with out having to worry about it scratching your candy paint.
If you can't tell we love our city.
There are a few reasons we used bike tubes to secure yours and our valuables. The most obvious one is that its a great way to recycle a product that is headed to a land fill to take up space. We use used bike tires from local bike shops here in Boise. A lot used bike tires are just thrown away and have no use after becoming old or punctured on a bike. Another reason and just as important reason for using a inter tube tires offer an elasticity and durability a normal rubber band or elastic cloth band can not offer. The band holds its shape after multiple uses and long term wear and tear.
Who is the Wood Wallet For?
Really anyone that wants to carry their cash and cards around. We have people who just use them to carry their business cards, A lot of women like to use the wallet as there secondary wallet when they don't want to carry everything, they will throw a card or 2 along with some cash in it and go out for the day or a night out on the town. We really made the wallet for everyone who wanted a minimalist look and feel with an eco-friendly bent to it. Not only are you getting a cool product, but you're also helping the environment which is pretty cool.
The design is quite simple. We use lasers. Not quite like the lasers from a James Bond movie but laser cut the wallets out of a solid piece of wood. The corners are rounded to mimic the shape of your credit cards and also slide easily in and out of your pocket. On the top and bottom of each slab there are thumb size slots to access your goods. We also added notches on the side of the wallet that help keep your rubber bike tube band in place so it doesn't move, securing your cash and cards. To finish them off we laser engrave our iconic Proof logo with interlocking O's.
All the wood we use here at Proof Eyewear is sustainable sourced from the highest quality timber available. The birch wood used in our wallets is layered to provide a great amount of flex and durability.
Bamboo is one of the strongest natural fibers known to man. Bamboo offers some flex and give, while offering protection against impact and wear and tear.
To keep your valuables protected and safe, we use high quality bike tires made from the best elastic fibers available. All tires used in our wallets are gathered from local bike shops in the Boise area. The bike tire offers a durability and elasticity a normal rubber band or elastic cloth band can not offer. With time and adding more items to the thinness of the wallet it dose not lose its elastic stretch or break very easily.
We also are going to offer a limited number of graphics on a few of the wallets. Theses we've added to provide a little more swagger if having a wood wallet wasn't enough for you. So check out those options in the rewards over to the right.
We are also offering the double slab wood wallet for those who tend to carry more in there wallet and can provide a little more privacy and protection.
Design Series Wallet Coming soon.
We are trying to narrow down the designs we like and maybe add a few more. But these will be an option soon. Stay tuned.
We have added limited awards for some design pieces with artwork by Adam Dennis. Check out our update for more info and a link to his site.
Tentacle artwork by Adam Dennis
Redwood stained birch wallet
Here's an idea for the ladies or really anyone with long hair. You can swap out your bike tire band for a couple hair ties. That way you always have one on hand for a pony tail at a moments notice.
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