The wood frame is a natural minimization tool. Because wood creates a rigid edge, a reasonably-sized pocket thickness therefore already exists. All that is left is to fill it up. The temptation with traditional leather wallets is to stretch the leather pockets out simply because you can and there is no real defined end to how far the pocket can stretch. Leather is great at stretching – which is a wonderful inherent quality – but is not always desirable. A wallet that has become stretched will not go back to the size it once was, which makes downsizing later on impossible.
When you know how many cards your wallet can handle, you are forced to be more deliberate about what you want and need to carry in your wallet. Decluttering and then organizing what you really need to carry becomes an automatic reaction. In the end, you end up carrying less and only what really matters.
When I think about traditional leather wallets, I immediately think of the edges. And I cringe. Brand new leather wallets that have not been broken in or used are stiff. The edges where two pieces of leather have been stitched together pinch whatever is put inside the pocket and that can actually cause damage to your credit cards. Why should you want to use your credit cards as the mold for a pocket instead of a pocket made specifically to hold credit cards? It seems counter-intuitive to me.
When considering something even more fragile, such as business cards, my cringe intensifies. Keeping business cards neat, tidy, and presentable is honestly the most important aspect of having business cards to hand out at all. This exact problem got me into this wood-framed obsession to begin with. When I think about traditional leather wallets pinching and tearing up the edges of nice new business cards, it genuinely upsets me. But my wood-framed wallets don’t do that.. The wood frame wraps around those delicate cards and they emerge as clean and beautiful as when they went in.
If you have used a leather wallet long enough, you know that the pockets become stretched to suit the object you normally keep inside them. By this point, the wallet has been broken in and the cards that you kept jamming into those stiff pockets have finally taken the correct shape. Well now they’re the right size and your cards come out with ease.
The same is true for a wood-framed wallet except you don’t have to wait to break in the pockets or damage your cards in the process. Your cards go in with ease and they come out with ease. It really is effortless and, dare I say, an enjoyable experience.
Attractive and functional design can sadly be difficult to find these days. When first impressions are important, appearance is king. My wallets are designed with not only function, but also appearance in mind. The distinctive bi-material characteristic is what really sets my work apart from most. Not only does the wood frame add its own unique appearance, but I have designed the leather and felt to also have a distinct and attractive look.
My wallets are designed with a deliberate and minimal aesthetic as a base. The base was designed to be beautiful on its own, but to also allow for embellishments, much like a blank canvas. Leather can be embellished with engravings and hand-tooled motifs, while felt takes well to embroidered patterns. This chameleon-like adaptability means you will get the look that you want.
One of the first constraints I gave myself was that I would only work with materials that are found in nature. There is something warm and inviting about natural materials – they have a life to them that man-made materials lack. Choosing natural materials also means choosing materials that have stood the test of time. The four materials I choose to focus on – Leather, Wool, Wood, and Concrete – are all from nature, enhanced with modern techniques – much like my own work. These are formed into products using time-honored finishing and assembly techniques so you can enjoy them now and into the future.