WALLETS

WHAT’S YOUR TYPE ?

I can’t answer what your type is, but I can tell you that it is a personal choice with no logic for anyone but the owner of the wallet itself.

 I can also tell you that People’s Leather can make you a solid long lasting one that can be modified from standard designs to fit the type you think makes best sense for you.

The following information will be useful in helping you arrive at a selection of concept for the perfect wallet type that fits your needs.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Historically described as a bag for carrying food, clothing, toilet articles etcetera during a journey.  Later described as a flat folding pocket book especially one large enough to hold paper money, credit cards or other important cards.  Sometimes these wallets have a compartment for coins.

Wallets have been made of leather or cloth and started as small bags.  Changes in what society placed a value on changed the shape and carry styles of the wallet all through history.  Wallets in the form of flat pieces of leather first appeared in colonial times as a way to store I.O.Us and calling cards collected during the course of a business day.

As late as the 1950s wallets were flat pieces of leather sewn together and carried in the breast pocket of a coat to accommodate paper money. Then the credit card appeared!  Wallets especially leather ones took a U turn and were folded in half with pockets to accommodate credit cards.  Later Identification cards and licenses were placed in the pockets. 

From flat to folded and designs that cover everything from checks to credit cards and important photographs, the wallet is an ever changing but always useful carry style.

RECENT TIMES

The most recent development to impact the wallet is the smart phone.  Remember those important photographs?  Well the smart phone’s ability to store those as well as phone numbers and calling cards for contacts, has changed the game again.  Additionally, features that allow the phone to be used to transfer currency means there is a reduced requirement to carry multiple cards.  Now the wallet looks nothing like its original sack design or the folded design but more like two flat pieces of leather.  It’s just smaller and more manageable.  In another twist, there is even such a thing as a Phone Wallet which combines cards and phone all in one spot.

Bifold Wallet-

Some call it the traditional wallet.  Usually made of sheets of thin leather and lined with silk all sewn together with a heavy upholstery thread.  It contains a compartment for Bank notes and pockets for cards.

Pros- Compact, able to carry large numbers of items, easily carried in the back pocket, elegant appearance, makes a great gift.

Cons- Can be bulky, dissimilar materials and many layers limit the durability of the thread, staggering of the cards can lead to skimming by con artists without a special layer.

The People’s Leather Answers

Our slim minimalist bifold wallet is available in different leathers and has nothing in it that does not have multiple purposes.  Cards stack in the two wing pockets automatically providing the best RFID protection as indicated by bank security experts.  Bank notes tucked in either folded or full length behind the cards keeps that classic bifold profile.  Classic for sure but this wallet can be carried in the front pocket as well as the back because the foot print is kept very close in size to the smaller card wallet in fashion today.  Use of quality full grain leather that requires no silk lining to look great inside as well as out means that we can sew it with a thick cord to improve durability.  Durable enough to be handed along for generations.

The People’s Leather slim Bifold.  Not entirely minimalist in nature, but close.  This wallet incorporates a sewn in layer for those that want a more traditional wallet but with all the same features as the minimalist.

Card Wallet-

Card wallets both with and without money clips or money pockets can be the answer for those that are in search of the bare bones approach.  As simple as the first colonial flat wallets it’s a great way to carry what is important to have. 

Pros- Compact, simple, easily carried in the front pocket which is the second layer to defending against RFID skimming as described by bank security experts.

Cons- once the leather becomes used for a few weeks, its memory is suited for the number of cards it has been molded to handle making the practice of stacking fewer cards in that wallet later a not so good idea.  Money clip features can cause excessive wear to trouser pockets. 

The People’s Leather answer –

We simply call it the minimalist.  A card wallet with a flap feature for placing just enough pressure to hold folded bank notes.  Our Minimalist card wallet is designed to be made from one piece of stoned oil leather, folded and stitched in such a way to address both the chief complaints we hear about other card wallets with a bank note solution.  I don’t want to just lay out how we do it but we managed to design a simple card wallet that is great for holding up to ten cards for a period of time and then being used to carry fewer cards with the expectation that the cards won’t slip out.  When one selects the stoned oil or Kodiak tanned option, one can expect to carry this wallet into the ocean on occasion and then simply dry it out, oil it and continue to use it with no fear of damaging it permanently.

Here is a couple of questions one should ponder.  First, how does it hold up for real?  Second, has this guy actually used one of these.  Both can be answered with a picture. The picture of one of these wallets after two years of use.   A picture along with the assurance that one or more of the People’s Leather family has used every wallet, bag or belt that we sell.  This family has been working with leather in one way or another since 1929 when Alma Gayle and Medford (Meddy) Jones started People’s Shoe Shop.

The cash pocket on the used wallet is shorter than our final design because it is the prototype used for the final design.

The Breast Wallet-

By far the most classy of wallets with the most variations.  This is closest to the colonial two-piece leather pocket.  It goes by other names with only slight variations.  Such recognizable variations include Biker wallet, Trucker wallet, Chain wallet, Long wallet and that wallet one might find in a purse.

The free-spirited biker uses a chain to carry it in a pocket or without a chain to use it in jacket pocket.  Some motorcycles don’t have bags or glove boxes so all the pertinent paperwork needs to be carried some place.

A dress version with no snap makes for a great way to carry all the items a gentleman needs without the bulk in a suit breast pocket.  Thin and flat, it forms no crease in bank notes as well as holds the cards one might need on that important business lunch meeting.  These wallets are usually plain with no tooling but may include small classy personalization on the inside.

Pros- Classy, slim very easy to customize and fit to suit the user.

Cons- Somewhat larger than a typical wallet and may require a way to tether it if used without a jacket or purse.
 
Trifold Wallet-

Somewhat a traditional wallet.  Also made of sheets of thin leather and lined with silk all sewn together with a heavy upholstery thread.  It contains a compartment for Bank notes and pockets for cards.

Pros- Compact, able to carry large numbers of items, easily carried in the back pocket, elegant appearance, makes a great gift.

Cons- Can be bulky, dissimilar materials and many layers limit the durability of the thread, staggering of the cards can lead to skimming by con artists without a special layer.

The People’s Leather Answers-

We do have a pattern for this type wallet.  The cards are inserted vertically rather than horizontally in three of our arch pockets.  While this wallet is not a frequently requested one, we have made them with an interesting hand stitch.  Our original trifold prototype is still in use after many years and the owner reports he has no intention of replacing it.

Travel wallet-

A folded wallet designed to take the abuse that a frequently used passport gets.  Once again changed by the smart phone, these wallets have become more the size of the passport since the mobile boarding pass has taken over.  Several people even use this as their daily wallet as it has plenty of space for a couple different kinds of currency, cards and of course the passport.  A good travel wallet will incorporate places for visas and such things as baggage claim tags.

Pros- Classy appearance, organized, easily customized and personalized, compact and can be used for daily carry requirements.  

Cons- None have really popped out to me since I started using one.  Additionally, no one has ever mentioned one.




Wallet Buckle-                                                 

A Victorian answer to the Strap wallet or Money belt which isn’t all that user friendly and more a backup cash hider.  Original Victorian models were a pan style buckle with a flip down door that concealed cash.  We carry a newer version which is basically a Cowboy trophy buckle that has a slide in style operation that holds from one to four cards and some folded cash between cards if the user chooses.  We source these blanks from WalletBuckle and then attach various kinds of leather work to the front to suit our customers. 

Pros- Fills multiple clothing needs, acts as a secure wallet with RFID protection, holds just wats needed, easy to use, relieves the user of an asymmetry in the back pocket to help with back problems.  This wallet is easily moved from one belt to another.

Cons- Limited space to carry many items, typically all cards need to be removed to access one.


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