Although we live in a highly digitized world, old world items such as a tailored suit, a proper business card or a nice wallet have a tremendous impact on the first impression you make on other people.
Therefore, we decided we wanted to create an unusual wallet, that shows a degree of workmanship not found anywhere else, and so we created the All-Leather wallet with folded edges.
1. German Quality Leather.
A good wallet starts with great base materials. For this wallet, we use a black boxcalf leather that is dyed in Germany from German cows, and then thinned down so the final wallet won't be too thick. The cows are held in the alps where they are rarely bitten by mosquitos and bugs, which results into a beautiful, unblemished leather surface. Unlike most wallets, the surface of Fort Belvedere leathers is not pigment coated, which means you can actually see the fine pores. This makes for a more luxurious tactile feel and it develops a beautiful patina, whereas other leathers just look old.
2. Workmanship & Construction.
This wallet is entirely made in Germany by skilled artisans who have perfected the craft of fine, small leather goods making for more than a century. Most high-end wallets are made with folded edges that are then cut. As such, a contrasting colors of the leather lining never reaches the edge and the edges feel rough. At Fort Belvedere, the edges of the shell as well as the lining are thinned out and then both folded and sewn together. This doesn't just look more sophisticated from all angles but it also helps to slow down the wear of the corners tremendously.
On top of that, the corners are rounded, so they slide easily in and out of pockets.
All linings of this wallet are made of the same leather, whereas other luxury brands use less expensive fabric, leather or polyester blends to create a divider or line the inside of their wallet. Of course, boxcalf leather is much more expensive, but we believe a quality wallet should be made of quality ingredients throughout.
3. 10 Credit Card Slots.
Unlike most wallets that fit 6 or maybe 8 credit cards, this wallet fits 10. Nevertheless, it is a simple billfold without a third card holder layer, thus ensuring it it won't be too thick. The inside of the card slots is lined with super thin, yet sturdy cotton fabric thus guaranteeing a slim feel in your pocket.
4. Contrast Colors.
Most wallets come in either black or some shade of brown. At Fort Belvedere, we offer a wallet that is classic black on the outside, but the red contrast stitching and lining edges hint at what is to come when the wallet is opened: an exquisite edge-to-edge lining in red leather. In order to create a harmonious look, the inside is sewn in contrasting black thread.
Also make sure to take a look at our wallet in Whisky Brown Boxcalf with Blue Deerskin Lining, and our cordovan oxblood deerskin billfold wallet with turquoise deerskin lining, or get all three of them of and match your wallet with your shoes or other leather accessories as your mood strikes.
You can also find the color coordinating business card cases here.
5. Built To Last.
Most wallets today are made of pleather or caoted leather with polyester lining. They are meant to be used for a year and then dumped when they look bad.
On the other hand, Fort Belvedere wallets are built to last.
We tested prototypes in different leather combinations for three years to make sure the wallets hold up and look good. Lamb leather was super soft but wore out the quickest and looked terrible after a few weeks.
The black long grain leather from our business card case was, held up well but didn't look the part because the embossed longgrain resulted in wrinkles. Pig skin was a bit too soft, and suede lining was likewise not durable enough. Saddle and bridle leather were too stiff in the pocket but boxcalf and deerskin help up extremely well, physically and optically.
When you buy this wallet, rest assured that you can happily use it for years to come.
4.5" x 3.85" x 0.37"
115mm 98mm x x 9.5mm
2.6 oz - 75 g
This wallet comes in a beautiful Fort Belvedere Green Gift Box to you that does this wallet justice.
Should you have any questions about their leather products or if you need advice, let us know and we are happy to help.