I turned to a rubber little thing called a Swallet. It’s by no means beautiful, but it is effective in keeping my money and IDs safe as it held them tight with a band. Beyond that, it was made of this rubbery material that stuck to the inside of my pants pocket and with that, I traveled nine months around Europe without issue. And then someone created a much higher end alternative.
The fine leather making brothers over at American Bench Craft came up with the Frontier 1 wallet. It is a single piece of leather, folded and secured with metal rivets. There’s no thread stitching or glue, only a simple, yet brilliant design with three areas for cash and cards. Similar to the swallet, the Frontier 1 provides a safe and sticky environment that holds your things tightly inside.
Immediately, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Frontier 1 wallet. It may not have the outer stickiness of the rubber swallet, but the inner pockets still have that feature in mind. But it is a beautiful, finer alternative. American Bench Craft does fine work and I feel they certainly knocked this minimalist design out of the park. Besides the quality of their product line, I particular love and give absolute props that they are environmentally conscious and strive for total sustainability.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen