WhipstitchWallets

Personalized leather wallets made in the USA.

Duncansville, Pennsylvania · 389 Sales

WhipstitchWallets

Personalized leather wallets made in the USA.

Duncansville, Pennsylvania 389 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(89)

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Joe

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These leather wallets, handmade by me, will last a lifetime. They are engineered specifically to develop a beautiful and unique patina as they age, as opposed to the "antiqued" finishes that are often seen. A man's wallet is a very personal thing; it goes with him everywhere. That is why I like to leave it up to nature to conform each wallet to its carrier, so that it is a reflection of their own individual lifestyle. The wallet becomes similar to a favorite pair of old jeans, except there is no sizing, which makes it the perfect gift for men!

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Free shipping in USA!

These leather wallets, handmade by me, will last a lifetime. They are engineered specifically to develop a beautiful and unique patina as they age, as opposed to the "antiqued" finishes that are often seen. A man's wallet is a very personal thing; it goes with him everywhere. That is why I like to leave it up to nature to conform each wallet to its carrier, so that it is a reflection of their own individual lifestyle. The wallet becomes similar to a favorite pair of old jeans, except there is no sizing, which makes it the perfect gift for men!

Joe

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5 out of 5 stars
(89)
Aisha Shelton

Aisha Shelton on Jan 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Incredibly handsome wallet. The design is perfect in its simplicity and is excellently executed in the craftsmanship: beautiful leather, good stitching, sturdy hardware. Vendor was very pleasant. I neglected to read the note about included monogramming and they reached out to me immediately asking about my order. Very helpful, very prompt. I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase and would absolutely recommend Whipstitch Wallets.

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I love this one. 20-sepentine: Zag on 'em. Any MBMBAM fans out there? It's one of my favorite things to listen to while I work.
Took a trip out to Wickett and Craig today to get a couple more top grade natural veg tan hides. Pictured here you can see my leather waiting to be split, and below is a shot of the huge splitter. Cool stuff!
Still practicing my photography skills! What do you think?
When shopping for handmade leather goods, be sure to examine the stitching and finish of the edges to help determine the quality of craftsmanship.
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What's in a wallet?

I probably like wallets a little too much, if that's possible. Everytime I see someone take a wallet out of their pocket, I get as good a glimpse as I can. I love seeing older guys with wallets that look like they're about forty years old, purchased back when quality handmade gear wasn't the exception to the rule. The leather develops a patina and molds to the carrier's lifestyle, beginning to visually reflect the person themselves. My personal wallet has been spilled on, bled on, and dropped in the mud; through all of that, I have developed the sort of bond with it that I wish for all my customers.

With proper care, these leather wallets will last more than a lifetime. To me, it's vital that my products hold up for decades because that's what it takes for each customer to form the kind of bond with their wallet that makes it unique and irreplaceable. I create each piece with the dream of it being passed on to a second or even third generation. To help accomplish this, brush occasionally with a horsehair brush, apply some conditioner if it becomes dry to the touch, or even get in touch with me for a full-on refurbish.

My products are designed to be a representation of the carrier, not a designer or brand. I offer my customers a variety of options and do everything I can to accomodate them so that they get exactly what they want. Every individual is so unique; I think their wallet should be too. I have done lucky numbers, poems, inside jokes, anniversary dates, mismatched colors, extra pockets...you name it. I'm always looking for new ideas and experimenting!

Process:
1. I drive about an hour and a half to hand select my vegetable tanned hides at tannery Wickett & Craig in PA. You won't see many sellers saying that!
2. Rough cut all the pieces, dip-dye each piece, and let them set for 24 hours.
3. Clean and remove excess dye with saddle soap. Let it dry
4. Feed with conditioner and lightly burnish "rough" side to remove more excess dye. Let it dry.
5. Lightly burnish again with wax to further protect against dye.
6. Cut out pieces, make stitching holes, bevel and burnish non-seamed edges.
7. Dye burnished edges with Q-tip
8. Two handed saddle stitch
9. Bevel, sand, burnish, and dye seamed edges (then burnish again with wax).
10. Light coat of shoe polish and buff to a soft warm glow with a horse hair brush.

I'm happy to say that I am finally able to offer my wallets in Horween Chromexcel leather as a deluxe option in limited quantities! I highly suggest checking out this article if you're unsure if this leather is worth the extra money: http://horween.com/101/chromexcel-2/

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  • Joe Colquhoun

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've been specializing in leather wallets for way too long. No matter how much time passes, I still get excited every time I begin making or designing one!

Shop policies

Last updated on October 28, 2016
Welcome! Whipstitch Wallets emphasizes the beauty unfolded by the natural aging process of leather. Like a great pair of jeans, these wallets only get better with time.
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Customer is expected to pay at checkout with Paypal, Direct Checkout, or an Etsy gift card.
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Shipping
As of 10/28/16 the lead time for all wallets is 1-2 weeks. The free shipping in USA is First Class Mail which is 3-5 days. International mail is First Class International and time varies by country.

International shipping:
VATs, customs fees, duties, and any other fees are the responsibility of the customer.



No shipping to Italy due to USPS Prohibition 130.
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Refunds and Exchanges
Customer may request a refund up to 2 weeks from the delivery date. Return shipping is paid for by customer.
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Additional policies and FAQs
Guarantee: Stitching and craftsmanship are guaranteed 100%. If something breaks from normal use, I will either refund, repair, or replace at my discretion.
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