Most of us want nothing to do with used rubber. But those crazy kiwis aren’t scared. The crafty dudes at Auckland-based Luxford St. designs take discarded materials like used truck tire tubes and pool table felt and upcycle them into sweet accessories like this iPhone/iPod case.
Old men and Sherlock Holmes are the only guys who can really pull off wearing a herringbone tweed coat. But for those of us who want just a hint of the old haberdashery look, these wallets from San Diego-based Jetsam, made of recycled tweed suit coats, are a good, less itchy-scratchy option.
If you went through the time and trouble to outfit your daily driver with an aftermarket carbon fiber hood, you’ve possibly crossed the threshold into full douche mode. But if you just want to store your cards & cash in an ultralight, super durable carbon fiber wallet, well, that’s different. That’s not even remotely douchey.
If you’re a low profile guy who also happens to be a sports fan, it can be tough to show your team pride without looking like a billboard. These wallets, made from leather and genuine, game-used MLB team jerseys could be the thing. Each full-grain leather wallet features a small emboss of the team name and the wallet lining is made from jersey. Online authentication let’s you find out exactly which game your jersey played in.
Whether or not you need a little pocket for your guitar pick, this full-grain leather wallet from Atlanta’s Whipping Post brand could be your jam. It’s flat and durable with 3 card slots, a license compartment, and room for cash. Heard a rumor they’re developing the “poker’s wallet” next, featuring a condom pocket. Maybe you should wait for that one.
What you see here is a wallet made from upcycled firehose. It’s been used to put out fires and now it holds cash. Somewhere in here, there’s a joke about money burning a hole in your pocket and the punch line would be something about a firehose wallet. Imagine it as a funny joke. Thank you.
Portel leather goods is an upstart brand out of Tallinn, Estonia—the Paris of the Baltics—specializing in functional, handmade leather accessories. Crafted from supple, antique leather, their iPhone wallet carries all your cards, cash, and in a perfectly-fitted pocket, your iPhone 4.
It took the creative mind of recycled accessories designer, Laura Skelton, to give wacky, old neckties a second life. We thought hideous Rayon ties were only good for starting fires. We were wrong. Skelton’s process of re-purposing them into colorful wallets looks pretty good and you won’t even have to worry about matching them to your socks. Not that you could anyway…
The wood-grain emboss on this Italian leather wallet is from real wood. They could’ve used cheap, faux woodgrain, but no. Hlaska founder, NorCal-based designer, Anthony Mazzei, would not stand for faux. He demanded real wood grain patterns and matched them to all three colors: ebony, cedar & pine.
Just a place for your cash & cards? Yes … but there’s more. The Barrett Alley brand is making hand sewn, vegetable-tanned leather wallets that are smarter. Their choice leathers are American and tanned using natural processes eliminating industrial waste – vegetable tanning creates a supple hand & warm tones in the leather. The wallets are also hand-made by humans, craftspeople, artisans … is that progressive or what?