Filed Under: Once in a lifetime wallets, made to last a lifetime.
Overview: Extraordinary collection of benchmade wallets personally designed and handmade by Barrett Alley using rare textiles, American vegetable tanned leather, and stitching and hardware tough enough to survive years of back-pocket ingress and egress
Appreciate: Authentic and detailed craftsmanship. Barrett Alley approaches wallet-making the way Rolls Royce approaches cars: from beginning to end, substantive attention is given to the best combination of design, materials, and process to create the finest possible product. Leather is US vegetable tanned, and fabric linings are made from antique local and exotic textiles, like 19th Century Japanese hemp umakake (horse blanket). All materials are cut by hand, using a good ol' knife, and a traditional saddle stitch (no machines!) brings it all together. Yes, these methods take longer, but the increase in time is proportionate to the increasing in affection and appreciation that follow
Know: Shown above are the limited edition (individually numbered) Disciple Wallet in Black Shell Cordovan (top), and the new Judas Pouch in Deer Split suede (lower photo). Although it's not much bigger than a business card, the Disciple Wallet's simplicity will inspire you to carry it as your daily, all-purpose cash carrier. It's made from a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, a rare leather from the subcutaneous layer of a horse's hindquarters, stitched together using Irish linen thread. The Judas Pouch has recently been re-introduced to the collection following an extreme limited edition run of four in Deerskin, one of which The Diego Files is proud to personally own. The new Judas Pouch is available in Deer Split, which is like suede, as well as a gorgeous Red Deer and a Corbeau (black). The deerskin strap secures easily by looping around the antique antler button, and inside you have lining options of French Toile, 1900 Black Weave, or 19th Century Japanese Solid Indigo textiles. Tip from The Diego Files: drop a pouch-sized cardboard liner inside your Judas Pouch to give it definition; these wallets are wonderfully soft
Special Comments: The Disciple Wallet and Judas Pouch are unquestionably minimalist in both their design and capacity. Thus, if your current wallet is stuffed thick like a club sandwich, consider these styles an opportunity to lighten your load. Or, consider instead Barrett Alley's Devilish Wallet, of larger dimensions. No matter which you choose, they ship free to anywhere in the world, and arrive in a nifty linen gift pouch, which you'll unthread like a giddy kid on Christmas
Cost: $165 for the Disciple Wallet; the Deer Split Judas Pouch is $185
See them: Here.