The wallet is the beginning of a series of prototypes exploring leather as a material. The emphasis of this series is to establish patterns and construction methods that achieve beautiful, functional forms with as little material as possible.
This is the original prototype for the 2-Ply Wallet. The name suggests the objective of the design, to create a minimal, beautiful leather wallet with only two pieces of leather. Through this prototype, I learned about material tolerances of leather, hand stitching, leather finish, tanning processes, and common tools (industrial vs. artisanal) that are used in leatherworking. The main feature of the 2-Ply, the credit card cutouts, were tested to see if a shared compartment with cash and cards would be problematic.
Although simple in form, I consider this wallet, and leather working in general, a work in progress. In it's current iteration, the 2-Ply is made from oiled and top coated vegetable tanned leather. The stitching has progressed from a sewing awl to a more traditional two-needle saddle stitch. The saddle stitch falls in line with traditional leather construction, and creates a seam that is more consistent in appearance, stronger, easier to repair, and more aesthetically pleasing. The outer edges and credit card cutouts are burnished to a gloss finish, which seals the leather and prevents fraying.