Introducing the Monk Made x worn&wound Wallet

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Today we’re incredibly excited to announce a new product to the worn&wound shop–a series of wallets, handmade in America. We’ve tossed around the idea of making a wallet for a while, but we wanted to make sure that if and when we did, we’d make something not just great, but incredible. After all, there are a lot of wallets on the market.

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Cordovan wallets, cordovan straps

As fans of leather goods, we keep an eye on brands and makers of particular skill, and Monk Made Goods stood out from the rest. A one-man shop in West Virginia run by Jason Boone, Monk’s goods are nothing short of art. Our managing editor, Ilya, bought one of his wallets last year, and we were all enamored by the quality of the piece. Everything, from the stitching to the burnishing to the way the card slots inside of the wallet stacked, was executed with the highest attention to detail. Yet, like our High Craft straps, had a certain charm that only comes from handcraft.

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8-slots and a Cash compartment for all your wallet needs

So, we hit up Jason to see if he’d be down to collaborate, and as luck would have it, he very much was. Together with Jason, we hammered out the details of the wallet, being sure to make it uniquely styled for worn&wound. We started with a classic eight-slot concept with six card slots, two hidden pockets and a cash compartment. For the shape, we took a cue from Monk’s Japanese-inspired goods and stuck with large-radius, rounded edges, as they really show off the high-quality burnishing that takes place. For the card slots, we mixed things up a bit, and went with a straight cut that dips down, allowing for extra easy grasping while maintaining a clean appearance.

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First he cuts…
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…and then he sews

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With the shape set, we then approached the materials and palette. Over the last couple of years, we’ve fallen in love with the natural vegetable-tanned lining leather from Wickett & Craig of Pennsylvania that we use to add structure and durability to our straps. Not only is it really sturdy stuff, it ages beautifully, changing color slowly with use. It just so happens that Jason uses this leather too for making interiors, so we settled on that decision quickly.

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Natural lining will patina with use

For the exteriors, we wanted to use something really special, and decided that Italian Shell Cordovan from Comipel, the same stuff we use on our Cordovan straps, would fit the bill and make these distinctly worn&wound. This exceptional leather is made from a small area of subcutaneous muscle from the hip of a horse, and is regarded for its durability, smooth feel and rarity. It’s the perfect leather for the exterior of a wallet, as it will stand up to constant friction from being in a pocket, and gain character with age.

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Nothing compares to the vibrancy of Shell Cordovan

As for colors, we couldn’t pick just one, so we decided on four–Burgundy, Emerald, Oceano and Whiskey–all of which are complemented by the natural interior. The first is self-explanatory; Burgundy is a deep, dark plum color with a subtle sophistication. Emerald, a custom color made for us, is a rich green with a slightly grassy, yellow undertone. Oceano is the bluest blue we’ve ever seen, with just a touch of green in it, bringing the Mediterranean to mind. Lastly, we have Whiskey, a best seller in strap form. This golden tan is bright and beautiful and will patina the most over the years, given its lighter tone.

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Emerald
Whiskey
Burgundy
Oceano

The result? Nothing short of stunning. I’m not just saying this to encourage you to pick one up. Everyone in the worn&wound office took a sample wallet and has been using them daily for a couple of months now. I’ll never buy another wallet. It’s not only the best looking wallet I’ve ever used, it’s the best made. Jason is a true master, and his skill is visible in every square millimeter of the wallet.

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Stacked, waxed, and burnished leather

Every hand-done saddle stitch turns ever so slightly, giving what is often an overlooked detail on accessories a texture and a rhythm. Since it’s done by hand, there is no blind backside stitch either, which can often look less appealing. The edges have been beveled, waxed and burnished by hand, not just on the broad outer edge, where each layer of leather is visible like on a stacked boot heel, but also on the thinner pieces inside. And it goes without saying, but it’s 100% leather, through and through. No fabric lining that will eventually tear away.

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Saddle stitching

We think we succeeded in making a truly exceptional wallet with Jason, and we’re sure you will, too. The Monk Made x worn&wound Wallet is available now for $250 in very limited quantities. Please head over to shop.wornandwound.com to pick one up today.

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  • Bryan M

    I purchased one of Jason’s wallets last year after it was recommended on the Black Friday post here. The quality is superb, and the customer service was great! I’m happy to see this collaboration and hope that the W&W and Monk Made names reach more people because of it.

  • Jonathan Ferrer

    Beautiful wallets, everything from the colors to the quality of the finished pieces. I was lucky enough to have a hands-on recently and can confidently say these are great!

  • Andrew Hughes

    Dang… great handiwork. I cannot lie… these are a bit out of my price range at the moment… However, my thinking on this sort of thing has changed in the past few years. There may be a point in a guy’s life where he stops buying cheap crap and decides to splurge on a high-quality artisanal item made by hand with lots of care. That includes shoes, belts and apparently wallets too. I will put these on my “therapy-through-buying” list… they really are nice. Now… the harder part… which color? Hmmm….

  • PABLO T.

    This is frustrating. If I absolutely didn’t need a new wallet, I’d be getting one of these. Scoured the internet and wound up with a Bally wallet that is fantastic, but doesn’t have the same panache of these things. Absolutely gorgeous. If you look around, I doubt you’ll find a better wallet for the money.

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