There’s something about Little King Goods products that stand out and that’s attention to detail. The Little King Goods V1 wallet shows the simple elegance in a card wallet.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Little King Goods is in Canada and has been creating handmade leather products since 2016. Today, we have their V1 wallet on hand. This is the buck brown color, and it’s a simple slim wallet that smells good. As we look at the sewing we see great reinforcement at points that are necessary to handle abuse that could otherwise begin affecting the sewing. The V1 comes in two sewing options, machine and hand. The hand stitched version costs a little but more, but saddle stitching which can only effectively be done by hand, will not unravel if a thread loop is somehow broken. The wallet also has nice burnishing on the edges, what a great little slim wallet.
On the front, we have the Little King Goods stamp as well as the first card slot. On the flip side, we have another card slot with one more slot in the middle. You will need to fold your cash to fit in any of these slots.
In the card and cash insertion test we were to put in four cards and three slips of cash. Reasonable carry would be three the company recommends up to six cards. It’s designed and made by hand in Canada by Ryan James. It’s made from a full grain veg tan Wickett & Craig leather. They use Japanese polythread, which is incredibly strong and a great choice, with the edge burnishing which accents the layers of the leather, so much texture being demonstrated.
Leather King Goods only uses ethically sourced materials and are Fairtrade made. That means Little King Goods’ products are made according to a rigorous social, environmental and economic standards. The organization, which certifies manufacturers and producers, works closely on the ground with producers to certify the transactions between companies, and suppliers to ensure people making the products are Fairtrade certified goods. This means workers have safe environments, environments are protected and it allows workers to build sustainable livelihoods. Little King Goods is not mentioned as a member or certified by Fairtrade, so Ryan must be following their principles on his own.
It’s priced at $65 and from a usability perspective, it’s very simple, yet subtle design helps make this wallet more usable for the owner. Examples include the downward slants on the front and rear card slots that help you grab cards with your finger and thumb, making them easier to extract. Same ease of use design applies to the interior slot. We have a half moon design, facilitating grabbing the cards with your finger and thumb.
It measures 3.9 x 3.1 x 0.2” and it weighs 31 grams of great full veg tan leather goodness. There are many makers who sell their patterns for DIY options, on their websites, which is kind of fun. But how many go to the effort of creating acrylic templates? All you need to create your wallet cuts is in the template, no PDF files to fiddle with, it gets you that much farther ahead in the wallet construction, very thoughtful.
Since 2016, Ryan has been doing everything by hand and only by hand since that time. So have you ever wondered how Little King Goods’ name came about? We’ve mentioned the owners name is Ryan, which is a derivative of the Irish name, Rian, R-I-A-N. It’s become popularly known in modern times as meaning Little King or illustrious, but the original meaning is still unknown.
So now onto the final score. For quality, a 5, price, a 2, features, a 3, usability, a 4 and perception, a 4. That gives us a final score of 38 out of 50.