Some days you feel like your wallet is too fat to fit in your pocket, which is exactly why Brooklyn designer Jack Sutter created Tight Wallets ($16+). Made from soft Italian leather and high-quality elastic, these wallets fit into tight pockets, make pants fit better, and force you to get rid of excess wallet baggage (like that Starbucks gift card with $0.79 on it).
If you are a fan of the all-in-one pocket wallet, then look no further than the RetroModern Aged Leather Pocket ($99). Handmade and aged in Estonia, this pocket wallet fits your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch, your credit cards, and your cash conveniently in one location. The aged brown leather will look like the wallet was handed down from your great-grandfather, but only you and I will know that you bought it through Etsy.
There is a certain, unspoken sophistication level that goes along with protecting your iPad with a leather sleeve. The Tourniquet iPad Sleeve ($110) from the guys at Autum is no exception. Made from a single thick cut of wax finish, brown Horween Leather, this iPad sleeve fits any generation of iPad, with the “new” iPad in mind. It is a simple, snug-fitting leather sleeve that will step up your sophistication level without having learn an appreciation for fine cheeses or Seventeenth Century Art.
There are too many good options out there for you to still be lugging around a boring black laptop bag. Luck for you, TravelTeq and Tenue de Nimes have teamed up to give you the Trash Chambray Laptop Bag (~$496). This Florentine Vachetta leather bag has
high quality, coated Japanese chambray denim lining and enough compartments (including one for your cigar) to fit all your daily essentials. Oh yeah, and it’s waterproof.
Whether you are an aspiring Hemingway or just an avid note-taker, a good journal is your best friend. But with so many impostors out there, finding the right classic leather journal can be a cumbersome chore. Lucky for you, we have found the one: the Pelle Leather Journal ($29.99). This leather journal is handmade right here in the USA from fine American leather, and holds three Pelle notebooks (28 lb, linen cover). As with any handmade leather good, each Pelle leather journal has its own unique distressed look due to the leather, that’s how you know it’s good. Measures 3.4″ x 4.9″.
The only detriment to wearing a field watch with a nylon or leather band is that the band can wear and break over time. If you need a watch strap replacement, consider this HoldFast Gear Watch Strap ($17.99). It’s made from Kodiak oil-tanned cowhide and doubles as a key fob or cuff if you don’t want to use it as a watch strap. Fits best on a Classic Timex or Swiss Army watch.
A good leather portfolio is a timeless piece of everyday carry, and the Field Theories Leather Portfolio ($90-$175) is exactly what we’re talking about. Each portfolio is made from a single continuous piece of full-grain leather. The portfolio is cut, burnished, folded, stamped, riveted, and oiled – one at a time and entirely by hand. It comes in a variety of sizes to fit your carrying needs (they even make an LP-sized version for all of our vinyl-loving readers!).
A fruitful antiquing trip is something to appreciate because it usually produces some good finds. Such is the case with Hard Fast Gear, who found some antique rope and incorporated it into the HF Triple Dopp Kit ($135). This handmade dopp kit features Kodiak Oil-Tanned Cowhide and an antique rope handle for easy carry.
Innovation of the classic billfold is hard to come by, but Noah Lambert has it figured out with his Uni-fold Wallet ($90). This “uni-fold” bi-fold wallet is made from one solitary piece of 5oz vegetable tanned bridle leather from Wickett & Craig of Pennsylvania. Two precisely placed seams give the bi-fold its shape, and as with all leather goods the leather will darken and improve with wear.
Most leather goods tend to get better looking with age and wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to neglect the leather to make it look good. Take care of your leather goods and they will last you a lifetime. We suggest the Otter Wax Leather Care Sampler ($23.95) if you are looking for a complete maintenance solution for leather goods like Clark’s Chukkas. The saddle soap will clean the leather, the salve will condition and prime the leather, and the oil will give it that shiny coat and rich color.