Born from the isolation of COVID, EJV’s leather wallet and other designs proves good things can come from difficult situation.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Walletopia spends time reviewing not only well known wallets, but also those that aren’t. This review presents one such wallet from EJV leather, made by Elliott who lives in the United Kingdom and decided to take his hobby to a new level over the COVID lockdown.
What is really mesmerizing about this wallet is the stunning color combination within. It has navy, cognac and taupe, which makes it very attractive. The sewing on this wallet is all done by hand, by Elliott in his bedroom. Impressively that is how it sounds, he is a young adult, and does all this in his bedroom. Besides being sewn up very well, it’s also done in two different colors of thread, one is tan and the other is a cream color. It provides some diversity in texture, with visually engaging downward and upward slants.
In regards to the feature review of the EJV leather four-slot bi-fold, the exterior has no appreciable features, except for fantastic leather. On the interior, the wallet has four card slots, which can hold one to two cards each, in addition to two additional interior rear slots, which can hold two additional cards each, or four cards plus slips of cash. The attractive aspect to this wallet is that it is not as open as other wallets, yet it provides access to its entire capacity. That is very attractive from a security point of view, moreover, it adds some beauty to it.
From a capacity perspective, a minimalist carry on this wallet is four cards, and the company states that it can accommodate up to 10 cards. However, it does not fit all the currencies. The taller currencies, such as the 50 or 100 Euro or the Yen do not fit, but the rest of the cash notes work just fine. This is designed and made in the United Kingdom. It is a full-grain vegetable-tan Maya leather from the Conceria Il Ponte tannery. Moreover, in addition to the leather components, Elliott has included a fabric backer, which introduces the great texture mentioned earlier. It provides the type of diversity sought in wallets, because not only should they be functional, but also are meant to look great.
It is fully handmade, hand-cut, glued, stitched, and burnished. It also presents the mix of the leather colors nicely. It is very similar to the Benjamin Bott wallets previously reviewed. The thread is a tan Ritza Tiger. The effort put in by Elliott in making an excellent piece makes customers want to own it. It is priced for $80, and from a usability perspective, the sizing of the wallet is excellent. The smell of the leather is amazing, and measures 4.2 x 3.0 x 0.6” while weighing 57 grams.
Finding new makers and exploring their wallets is always delightful. Elliott started digging in on his hobby during the pandemic, doing the entire handicraft from his bedroom. The EJV stamped on the products reflect his name. He is certainly demonstrating that it does not take years of experience to make quality products.
The final score of the EJV leather four-pocket bi-fold wallet is 5 for quality, 3 for both price and features, a 4 for usability and perception each, which makes this great score 40 out of 50.