The older I get, the less crap I like to carry with me. This means my wallet is supposed to be getting thinner, and more compact. Unfortunately it isn’t, it’s actually gotten a bit thicker which means I can’t keep it in my back pocket when I’m driving or sitting. The thickness makes my butt and lower back hurt. Yes I’m serious. So what’s a guy to do? Look for a new wallet that limits the amount of crap you can carry with you.
Cuoiela is a project I found on Kickstarter from Virginia based Nolla Design. This wallet has roo for 2 to 8 cards plus some cash. The design is thin, compact and flexible. It is a cure for the bulky oversized, overstuffed wallets so many people carry with them today. Cuoiela is a completely smooth wallet with no over stitching, that holds your possessions discretely. The Cuoiela wallet is made from high quality Italian leather and elastic fabric band, and has a nice simple look to it. Once again, form and function joined seamlessly to produce a well designed useful object.
During my design research, I found that many card wallets are simply about function but if you think about it, a wallet is something that we carry around every day and show off to the world. Thus, I was motivated to design the Cuoiela, the wallet that is not only slim and convenient, but also feels stylish and precious to the owner.
cuoiela from nolladesign on Vimeo.
I’ve been using the same wallet for about 10 years now. Actually I should say I have been using a Tumi business card holder as my wallet for about 10 years now. I actually had the matching wallet but never used it. There is something really nice about the compact size of the card holder, and since I hardly ever carry cash, the business card holder made perfect sense. After 10 years though, my poor hip pocket carrying case needs to be replaced.
I thought about getting another Tumi business card holder, but I discovered the A N V E Envelope card holder which is a perfect size, minimal, functional, and hand crafted. Carefully made by hand from lambskin with an incredibly with a kid glove soft touch, Envelope is designed to be the modern wallet. It features enough room for your ID, a couple of plastic cards, a bit of cash, and a few other small thin items. With an approximate size of 4 x 3.25 inches it meets all of my needs. At a cost of $100.00 it isn’t cheap, but if it lasts as long as my Tumi did, it’ll be worth the money.
I’m the kind of person that likes to have very little in my wallet, and I like to carry a very small compact wallet in my back pocket. I don’t like the idea of sitting on some thick lumpy chunk of leather, and the idea of having to take it out of my pocket every time I sit down seems rather stupid.
Now, with all that said, I have to say I am rather intrigued by Maison Martin Margiela‘s line 11 wallets. This line showcases an unconventional wooden wallet for the spring/summer 2011 mens collection.
The wallet is lined with supple calf-skin leather, and the exterior is made lacquered wood in a variety of stains. The wallet looks beautiful, and it looks like it would hold all my personal items, plus money and identification. As much as I like the idea of it and the way it looks, I doubt I would ever buy one. From the photos, the closed wallet looks like it is over half an inch thick. Sorry I don’t have enough padding on my rear end to offset the pain this thing would cause me.