No matter what our friends, wives, and at least one writer's editorial director thinks, a wallet is not just a wallet. It's instead something that you have to live with at all times. It has be simultaneously comfortable, functional, and nice to look at. Something you can slide a MetroCard out of in one smooth motion, yet still be proud to pull out when paying for drinks.
So it's no surprise that Ernest Sabine, the grandson of two seamstresses whose now known for designing some of the best bags, outerwear, and tech accessories on the market as founder of Ernest Alexander, should check every box with his first small goods collection.
"Making wallets was a natural transition for us, and something we've been looking to do for some time now," Sabine recently explained. "It was a matter of finding the right materials to use what we thought would be able to sit well with the rest of our products."
The collection, which starts at $75, was designed and crafted at Sabine's New York Flat Iron workshop, and manufactured just down the street. It launches Thursday with a classic bifold and a slim and modern half-zip, both made from Italian cowhide, along with vertical and horizontal card cases made of Horween Chromexcel leather that looks better as it wears.
But it wouldn't be an EA product without the clean minimalism, old school craftsmanship, and durability that mark all his pieces, as well as a few key details that make it different.
"The silhouettes we chose to make are functional, but have the little extra twist added to each," Sabine added. "One of the signatures we added was this very natural and asymmetrical curve line that feels very architectural, but still approachable and wearable."
Just a wallet, indeed... Preview the whole collection here.