Part 2 of the project, the wallet itself.
Made by Travis at Bad Love Leather, California.
I love his edge lacing work and exotic hides – this piece looks like it will last quite a few years.
Has 14 card slots and 2 notes compartments.
Completely custom piece – I think the colour combo is very interesting…
Not your traditional Americana I guess, but I like it.
The outer shell is elephant, whilst the inner, lacing and pockets are kangaroo (custom burgundy dye).
The elephant has a very dense and intensely tactile grain.
Judging by the ridges this seems to be from a trunk cut.
I predict it will evolve into a darker shade with central pigmentation on the individual bumps.
The kangaroo is very impressive too, a very high quality Italian vegetable tanned piece hand-dyed to the burgundy you see.
The grain has that characteristic ‘cell-like’ appearance of veg. tanned kangaroo.
I’ll try and get a more detailed photo of the kangaroo grain up soon…
Check out Travis’ lace-work!
There’s mammalian tendon stitching, and then there is kangaroo edge lacing…
Kangaroo skin has a very high tensile strength, and weight for weight is one of the strongest leather around – the ideal material for lace work.
It’s a very labour intensive process, but it makes the wallet practically indestructible.
(Elephant hide versus any kind of thread? The thread will give up long before the elephant hide shows any significant wear~)
This wallet will age and change with wear…
Perhaps not to the same flavour as vegetable tanned cowhide, but it will be unique and very interesting.
Here are some more Americana interpretations of the elephant elephant wallet from Japanese makers (cowhide-backed).
A different aesthetic, but lust worthy all the same =)