Barrett Alley's Indigo Wallets

Indigo is not just for pillows, duvets, scarves and bags. Barrett Alley of Dallas, Texas works with skilled artisans to create a handful of sumptious, indigo wallets

Barrett's popular Devilish wallet is now available in plant-derived indigo, hand cut and sewn from a single alum tawed calfskin. Over time the indigo will slowly rub off, creating a cool fade pattern, similar to a pair of jeans.  

The Destiny 5 pocket flip wallet, like the Devilish wallet, is lined with with an antique Japanese cotton boro textile, dyed with natural indigo. As both these wallets are limited editions, there are just a few left to get your hands on...

These wallets are meticulously made by hand, never by machine. Each one is constructed using a traditional saddle stitch, which is more durable than a machine stitch. As described on their site, "If a hand sewn saddle stitch breaks, the thread is only loosened on one side and the stitch on the other side of the material continues to hold the materials together."

Each Barrett Alley wallet is individually numbered. My personal favorite perk is the antique fabric (sourced globally) that gives each piece a unique feel and character. Sigh,...our collective indigo obsession continues. See the entire Barrett Alley shop, which includes belts, pouches and jewelry, here.

 

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Nisolo

The one thing my wardrobe currently lacks is an array of good shoes. I tend to spend my money in every other direction but my feet. That's not to say I wear flip flops every day of the summer but I dare admit, I find a bit of bliss in their cozy simplicity. Yet, truth be told I do aspire for something more- something eye catching, well designed and if I'm lucky, made by a true craftsman...

Nisolo in Nashville, Tennessee was founded in 2011 after Patrick Woodyard took a job in Trujillo, Peru. During his stay, he met shoemakers who shared an exceptional talent as well as an inability to find a foothold in the industry. Although highly skilled, they were unable to find consistent work. 

Inspired, Patrick brought in designer, Zoe Cleary, whom after seeing the quality and passion of the Peruvian shoemakers firsthand, quit her job with a major fashion label to help create a company that would empower this group of craftsmen. Their work collectively would have purpose, meaning...and great style. To their credit, Patrick and Zoe have started one of the world's first social impact fashion labels. 

Besides shoes made for both men and women, their fashion label includes classic essentials like bags and accessories. I'm a bit head over heels for these leather totes, all priced under $200. The small leather clutch is $44...

For their producers, Patrick and Zoe facilitate sales, offer skills training, safe working conditions plus pay an average income increase of 300%. These are craftsmen who should be proud of their work and not worry about inconsistent employment or a savings for their family. As I aspire to find more meaning in my day to day work, this special group of artisans offers incredible inspiration. Now, about those shoes...

 

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Wallet and Man Bag Selects

Bags, Shoes and Such...

Happy Monday- hope everyone had a good weekend. While I'm still flying high in the sky, I wanted to share this great boutique shop I found called Need Supply in Richmond, Virginia. They opened in 1996 and have slowly expanded their well curated wares to create quite the collection- including clothes, bags, shoes and all manner of manly accessories. 

They have an impressive selection of shoes, covering all price points and styles. I really like their selection of ties, scarves, gloves and pocket squares... 

All their bags have great quality and style but this black satchel by BillyKirk is pretty perfect. It's classic, well made and will stand the test of time. 

Check out Need Supply here- either in person or on-line. They do cater to both men and women and their large selection will keep you happily browsing for hours...

 

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Barrett Alley

Just like a good man is hard to find, so too is a good wallet. But if you met Barrett Alley, you may just kill two birds with one stone. 

Barrett is a Dallas, Texas based leather goods designer who takes great care in handcrafting items for the modern man that have integrity, style and durability. He utilizes U.S. vegetable tanned leather as well as a selection of organic materials such as cotton, linen, glass, bone and vintage metals. 

The Revelation Wallet has three separate areas for your credit cards, business cards and folded cash. I love the exposed stitch which is made with an ivory colored thread. All their goods are hand stitched using a traditonal saddle stitch. Although a slower process, the end result is a much stronger and durable product. 

This is the Devilish Wallet, which took a lot of time and care to perfect. Each is individually numbered with 5 card pockets and a large bill opening. The highest quality leather allows it to age beautifully over time. As stated on their site, "Our leather is cut by hand with a knife and pieces are trimmed to fit together perfectly." As Barrett shared, "I worked on prototypes for over two years to get it just right." 

My favorite part is you get to pick out which antique lining you prefer...

The Petite Pill Pouch is such a stylish way for a man to carry his meds or vitamins. At 1.75 inches by 2 inches, it's made to fit inside your jean coin pocket. I could use one of these for my next plane trip...

The uber handsome Dom Sunglasses Case comes in 5 different colors with some incredible antique lining options. 

The Judas Pouch may just be my favorite creation of Barrett's. It's finished off with a deerskin strap and an antique bone button. It's one of those items a guy can have and use for a lifetime...and it just gets better with age. 

It' always so nice to stumble upon a good artisan and craftsman, to find goods you know are top notch and made with care and passion. See all of Barrett's beautifully handcrafted creations, (which make amazing gifts) here. 

 

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Makr

My friend Stephen recently sent me a suggestion for Manly Monday that I knew was a perfect fit the moment I opened the link. The company is Makr and they craft exceptional leather and canvas goods for men. I especially like their iPad Attache available in three yummy, rich colors.  

Makr was founded by designer and artisan, Jason Gregory in Winter Park, Florida. His love of design drove him to craft a smart selection of accessories and bags that fit well with any man's lifestyle- from the corporate executive to the surfers or chefs who just want nice, useful items that are built to last. Jason shared in a recent interview, "I appreciate products created with thoughtfulness and care." It shows...

It's safe to say that all of Makr's products easily enhance a man's style quotient. Like this eyewear sleeve, hand sewn with an antique brass button. 

Jason took his time creating man bags that play well dressed up or down. He achieves a modern look with a classic feel with these two beauties. Find the cross body Farm Messenger at this link and the Utility bag here. 

Cards and cash are easily accessible with Makr's hand stitched angled wallet. 

Jason cares about a quality product so therefore cares deeply about sourcing quality materials. Horween, out of Chicago, which is often referred to as one of the finest tanneries in the world, provides the leather for Jason and his team. Makr continues to raise eyebrows for their thoughtfully made goods that feel as good as they look. Goods, that as Jason says, "are as beautiful as they are functional." 

 

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Americana Dry Goods

There's a lot to admire about Shaun Garcia. Not only is he the Executive Chef at Soby's in Greenville, South Carolina, he's also the guy behind these gorgeous leather pieces. As he told me at his house the other day in Spartanburg, "Everything I've made, I've taught myself how to do. It's trial and error and I work at it till I get it right."

When I asked Shaun what inspires him, he said, "The loss of the American worker." Shaun grew up in Startex, South Carolina where his dad, great grandfather and uncles worked in the cotton mills. Shaun adds, "Every area of the South had its own cotton mill. We were the epicenter of cotton and textiles for many years." Shaun not only watched his dad lose his job at the mill, he also saw the mills closed and torn down, as if they never existed.  

Shaun is inspired by the American workers of years past and is motivated by their efforts to use his own hands in labor- sewing, crafting, cooking, creating...and always with the highest level of skill and respect for the job at hand. His wallets (average price $30) differ in design and can be customized to the needs of the client. 

Shaun taught himself how to sew and his perfectionist side keeps him tweaking and trying until he gets each piece exactly as he wants. He loves the challenge of a new idea and I especially liked his leather portfolio, above. The gorgeous Carolina Brown leather, which he purchases from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago, (which in itself takes a month to produce) is so rich in color, smooth and soft. When you purchase one of Shaun's pieces, you are holding something that has been built to last..to care for and pass down to your kids. 

These belts are expertly made with a simple yet handsome design. Shaun utilizes the Conway Buckle, which allows the wearer to adjust the belt from the inside. The belts come with two buckles; stainless steel and solid brass. 

You may remember Shaun's gorgeously made mailbag from last week's post. John Rich of Oakleaf and Acorn picked it as one of his Top Six Men's Gifts for this holiday season. It's what led me to Shaun and I was happy to see he has been inspired to build upon his success. First the mailbag... then wallets, portfolios, aprons, key chains...and now he has dreams of making his own pair of jeans. If anybody can figure it out, it's Shaun. 

I like how Shaun told me that as a chef, which is his full time job, most of his culinary colleagues like to go out after work and drink. Him? He wants to get home and sew. Gotta love that in a man...

The quality of his goods is immediately apparent in the details- from the shiny brass tack to the perfectly placed rivet. 

You can often find Shaun on his front porch with his bag of tools, adeptly utilizing an old railroad tie as an anvil. Good craftsmen are resourceful...

Shaun revealed his greatest satisfaction, "When I make something and it makes my customer happy." All of his work, via his Americana Dry Goods shop, has an ironclad guarantee. As he says, "I will always stand behind my craftsmanship." I like what Shaun is doing. I like that he cares about making things with his hands; about high quality, care, respect and hospitality. He's the modern day American worker and it feels good to know the legacy of his family continues on...and inspires the rest of us. 

**To request your own leather item from Shaun, just send him an email, he'd be more than happy to hear from you. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach