Originally Posted by Made in California
Actually you mentioning that book brings up a good point, and I think a point of this thread that we haven't talked enough about yet. I believe Dana notes that there's really only two brands in the whole industry whose quality lives up the name and that you could rate a 5.0/5.0: Hermès and Chanel. Since he's already looking at Hermès we can assume OP's decided that he wants a great wallet and is willing to spend a good amount on it. I think this begs two questions:
- Is there another brand, at any price, that's quality is on par with Hermès that OP should seriously consider? (He's already said he does not live in an area where getting it custom is an option)
- If the Hermès wallet truly isn't worth the money, why not? (i.e. it's going to wear out in 5 year anyways, poor customer support, etc.)
Out of curiosity, where do some of the lesser-known leather makers such as Launer, Valextra or Moynat fall?
Originally Posted by themodestman
I don't know...you can't lose a suit. But who hasn't lost a wallet? Buy some shoes. It's hard to lose those!
Tell that to the guy whose suit I tried on at the Barney's Warehouse sale once. No joke, picked a suit off the rack, went to try it and noticed it looked worn. Upon closer inspection I found a stack of some guy's business cards in the pocket as well as a pass to an industry conference.
Originally Posted by mafoofan
Who the f*ck came up with the rule that a wallet shouldn't be worth more than the money inside?
I never carry more than $50 in cash and see no reason to.
Out of curiosity, why a breast wallet then? I always thought much of the appeal was to not have your bills be doubly thick from being folded over, though I suppose stacking cards vertically (if you have a lot) will cut down on thickness too. And speaking of, how is that green wallet breaking in?
Originally Posted by takashi78
LOL didnt know that this thread was still going on....
Was bored on a Saturday morning, looking at wallet threads and came across it, so sorry to dredge it up again. Out of curiosity, what did you end up with? If you're still waiting, did you ever see this:
in this color:
I just found out recently that it's possible to place orders directly via email with the main Milan boutique. It can be a bit expensive, as the shipping is roughly equal to the VAT I save, but there are some items I cannot find in the States and everything seems to be available there (even style/color combinations not available online). Expensive but still only about half of what the comparable Hermes wallet would be. A pleasure to deal with, too.