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Bellroy Slim Sleeve Designer Edition hits the pinnacle, but at what price?

Building on the successful “sleeve” line, Bellroy has launched a Designer Edition line. For the Slim Sleeve, which is my favorite, they’ve increased the leather quality, construction and design elements. This is a home run, but the cost may be a detractor.

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

Today we will be reviewing a designer edition of a Bellroy product. It is the designer Slim Sleeve wallet. Their regular products come in a very consistent packaging. The designer edition products come in this very nice cardboard layout, which is fairly clever. As you unhook the clip, it opens up into four pieces where the presentation is laid out. It also includes the product specifically. They are really emphasizing the quality of the material and the different construction methods they use. This is all based around the luxury of the product. This particular color is the galaxy gray which kind of looks bluish gray to me. It is a design from a limited run print from a French artist named Elsa Boch.

Now onto the feature review. There is a lot of bling with this wallet. The designer edition of the Bellroy Slim Sleeve, and really all of the designer edition versions of their wallets, come with the Bellroy logo imprinted on the front. There are no specific features on the exterior of the wallet. As we move to the interior, there is also the Bellroy name as well as the designer edition notation imprinted in the leather. The characterizations of the leather also carry all the way through it. On the left hand side there is one card slot and a single card slot is a similar but different layout than the normal Slim Sleeve.

Now onto the card and cash insertion test. The company says it can hold four to twelve cards plus cash. I was able to get six cards in here, which I think is about the perfect number. I think if you’re a minimalist, about four or six is really good before it starts stretching over time. I got three slips of cash in there, folded over once. For foreign currencies, you would have to fold it over twice to make it work. 

From a quality perspective, this is designed in Australia and made in India. It is also made from environmentally certified top grain Nubuk letter leather and is veg tanned. Nubuk is kind of like a suede, so it has a soft, but semi furriness to it. It feels really good and there is no RFID in this.

The product itself costs $139. It is on the higher end since it is their designer edition. It does have higher end leather. It also has a specialized treatment on here that you will not find on any of their other normal wallets. This color is also their designer edition. 

It measures 3.74 x 3.15 x  0.4” which is slightly larger than the regular Slim Sleeve, but that’s really due to the leather, which is great. It weighs 37 grams, which again, there is no RFID material in this. There is also no metal. It is made completely out of leather and I really love the look and feel of this. The Slim Sleeve is one of my personal favorites. It is a great design. They really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Bellroy is a certified B corporation that meets the highest standards of verified social, environmental, performance, public transparency and legal accountability, where they balance profits and purpose. Of course they want to make money, but they want to make sure they are doing it in a very conscientious way. They are based in Australia and were founded in 2010. 

Now onto the final score. For quality a 4. Price, a 2. Features a 4. Usability, a 4. Perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50. 

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