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We make the perfect bi-fold wallet: durable, ultra-thin and custom printed with images of your choice. 100% crafted in the USA. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on November 7, 2013.

We make the perfect bi-fold wallet: durable, ultra-thin and custom printed with images of your choice. 100% crafted in the USA.

About this project

Miss us on Kickstarter? Get your custom wallets at www.thinfolio.com.

What are you going to put on your wallet? We'd love to hear from you! You can reach us on Twitter, connect with us on Facebook, follow our progress on Instagram or check us out on Pinterest, Behance or Fancy.

The ThinFolio Story

ThinFolio is a great minimalist wallet design, but the most unique thing about it is what you get to put on it: YOUR images. This new, full-featured bi-fold wallet features photos, graphics or any image that you choose. Select your images and get ready to smile.

These are the ultimate item for yourself or your biggest supporters. Many have trusted us with their brand - our attention to detail, color reproduction & craftsmanship is second to none.

Custom wallets we've made for events, brands, employee gifts and more
Custom wallets we've made for events, brands, employee gifts and more

Pre-designed Rewards:

You can get your own custom wallet by clicking “Back This Project” or selecting one of the rewards to the right. If you want to learn more, read on...

Our wallets have also proven to be a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for people in our lives – take pictures of things they like and voila! - a great gift.

YOUR images on YOUR wallet

Perfecting the physical design

A wallet must be functional, and ThinFolio wallets are no exception.  Our wallets have individual slots for six credit/ID cards, a full-length area for bills with divider and two secure inner pockets.  We’ve been using these wallets for years and there’s nothing clumsy or inconvenient about them -- and we're picky.

The best, most versatile materials

We manufacture our wallets out of Tyvek, a synthetic polyethylene “paper” invented by Dupont’s Jim White. It’s thin, light and so strong that we can make a bifold wallet that is dramatically slimmer than leather, but with all the space and durability you want.

Unfettered by the limitations of traditional materials like leather, we started to obsess about possibilities in design and printing. Along the way we melted a lot of material and nearly destroyed some rather expensive machinery (!). After countless prototypes, we finally mastered the process of printing completely custom, one-off designs at high-volume and with very high-quality results. And our printing & finishing process also makes it extremely resistant to fading over time.

"This wallet seems functional and unique, but how does it look out in the real world?"

How did all of this start?

Mark tells it best: "A few years ago, my 'traditional' wallet fell apart. I looked over at the secondhand Singer sewing machine my mom had given me and some used postal service Tyvek envelopes I had laying around and the first prototype was born."

"Then Anna and I met, we hit it off and all of a sudden we’re cutting out 70 wallets with an Xacto and a straightedge for our wedding invitations. It was an epic project, but wallet requests kept coming from our friends, so we automated the cutting process."

This spring, a software company had to have 400 wallets for their European conference series. Despite a very recent addition to our family…

We worked around the clock and delivered in seven days.  We used the proceeds to purchase a computer-controlled industrial sewing machine off Craigslist and get some additional cutting machines.

We want to begin a whole new conversation about your wallet.

If we hit our minimum project goal, we'll be able to kick our wallet production into high gear.  We will be able to purchase and bring all of the printing/finishing machinery under one roof.  We will acquire additional sewing machines to increase our quality and speed even more.  And we'll be able to complete the online design tool that you'll use to upload your photos to us and design your wallet.

Production: made by us in the San Francisco Bay Area

We are the ones who will custom print your wallet, cut it with precision tooling and sew it on computer-controlled industrial sewing machines. We know how long each step takes down to the second.  We are confident we can meet our goal well ahead of schedule.

We recognize that by backing this project you’re putting your trust in us.  We’re going all-in to deliver an awesome, personalized product for you in a timely fashion and with a great experience.

How are we going to stay organized?

Though creativity has always been our passion, our experience is designing software to manage global supply chains -- which simply have no margin for error.  Our Forward Thought software has been organizing sales, production and shipment of custom, seasonal and international orders for years.  We intend to leverage every software and organizational lesson we've learned to ensure efficient production and delivery of your wallet.

Building your wallet: how it works

What are you going to put on your wallet? We'd love to hear from you! You can reach us on Twitter, connect with us on Facebook, follow our progress on Instagram or check us out on Pinterest, Behance or Fancy.

Looking for Hi-Res Photos, Logos & Content?

Miss us on Kickstarter? Get your custom wallets at www.thinfolio.com.

Risks and challenges

We are the ones who will be manufacturing your wallet. While this gives you a completely personalized product and reduces our reliance on any outside manufacturers, we are shouldering all of the risk related to producing a significant quantity of mass-customized products and still must provide our supporters with a superior customer service experience.

Equipment and suppliers: we have redundancy with both, but with any significant machinery downtime or a supply chain disruption, the project may be delayed.

General manufacturing delays: we’ve streamlined the process and have run many tests of each step of the process. We know where the bottlenecks will be and hope we can address them before they become an issue.

We have years of experience with complex, fast-moving global supply chains and our software runs some of the most sophisticated businesses on earth. We are confident we can overcome any manufacturing limitations and deliver an awesome product to our backers.

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    14 backers

    THE SUPPORTERS CLUB. We'll keep you up to date on our progress and any future offers. Plus we'll list you on a special page on our website. High five provided when you visit us in Sausalito.

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    24 backers

    VELOIMAGES WALLET. Pre-designed wallet with spectacular cycling photos from VeloImages. We'll print, cut and sew it with love.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    11 backers

    TARDIS WALLET. Pre-designed wallet with that classic icon from your favorite doctor. We'll print, cut and sew it with love.

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    2 backers

    FOODIE WALLET. Bright, colorful images of harvest of the earth. We'll print, cut and sew it with love.

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    100 backers All gone!

    SUPER EARLY ADOPTER. We will custom print, cut and sew your perfect wallet based on the images you upload and layout using our website design tool. Tête de la Course!

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    168 backers

    YOUR THINFOLIO WALLET. We will custom print, cut and sew your wallet based on the images you upload and layout using our website design tool.

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    20 backers

    YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS WALLET. We will custom print, cut and sew your wallet based on your Instagram photos that you lay out using our website design tool.

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    38 backers Limited (2 left of 40)

    THE HOLIDAY WALLET. You know what you want and when you want it. We'll hustle to lay out your photos by hand and will build the perfect wallet for you as soon as the project succeeds. Delivery by the holidays!

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  • You selected
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    30 backers All gone!

    THE HOLIDAY WALLET 2. You know what you want and when you want it. We'll hustle to lay out your photos by hand and will build the perfect wallet for you as soon as the project succeeds. Delivery by the holidays!

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    THE COLLABORATOR. Visit us in Sausalito and we'll have a blast designing the perfect wallet with you. We'll then print, cut and sew it together. Lunch at Le Garage is included; travel + lodging are your responsibility.

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Funding period

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