Breast Coat Wallet

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by honeybadger, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. honeybadger

    honeybadger New Member

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    So, I don't know much about quality leather wallets for men. I want to buy my boyfriend a nice leather breast wallet/ coat wallet.

    I know he likes Ralph Lauren Black Label...

    Do you guys know how good Gianfranco Ferre wallets are?

    Thank you for your help![​IMG]
     


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    If you are looking for a coat/breast wallet for him, I would go with a leather specialist rather than a designer. The quality of many designer-made leather goods can be...inconsistent with the price, shall we say. Take a look at Ettinger, Smythson, Launer, Foster & Son, or Swaine Adeney Brigg. If you have a higher budget, you could always try Hermes or April in Paris.
     
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    Not everyone is permitted to purchase this amazing wallet. We must know more about the OP before making a suggestion: height, favorite shoe style, bespoke maker of choice?
     


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    jrd you should know you're not at liberty to discuss that at this time. A MC death squad is being scrambled to your residence...
     


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    I hear Hermes makes a nice green breast wallet.
     


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    If your boyfriends style is anything like mine he'd like anything you give as long as its from the heart.
     
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    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Brigg leather goods are made of bridle leather; as such, a Brigg breast wallet makes little sense and would be near useless. A breast wallet needs to be low-profile and thin in order to fit nicely inside a jacket or coat. Calfskin makes a lot more sense in that context.

    Smythson leather quality is no good and overpriced; I'd avoid. Launer seems nicer, but I only have an eyeglass case from them so I can't say much. No experience with Ettinger or Foster & Son, though the latter is a shoemaker and not where I'd think to go to first for a wallet.

    My Hermes breast wallet is fantastic, but cost a small fortune. If you are willing to do a little more leg work, you can get similar quality for much less from an independant craftsman. There are plenty of Hermes alum out there to pick from (see T4phage's recent thread on his bespoke sharkskin belt for an example). However, they are mostly in France.

    I've seen April in Paris goods in person and met Bea, the owner and founder. Quality seemed top-notch, but her default designs are a touch too 'stylized' for my taste. From all accounts though, she can make something to suit your specific preferences.
     


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    Calfskin would be my preference ... but the bridal leather isn't so thick that it will ruin the lines of a coat made to hold it. I doubt I'd hesitate to use it even with a OTR coat and 'stock' breast pockets.


    She does indeed carry out custom designs. I have a tendency to draft my own designs for wallets. Shops like April in Paris come to the rescue.
     
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  12. mafoofan

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    My own experience was with a Brigg hip wallet in bridle leather. The quality was great for the price, but it was like carrying around a small hardcover book in my pocket.

    Also, the refinement level of Brigg's workmanship is more suitable to luggage and bags. On smaller items, the stitching can appear a bit heavy-handed, even a bit rough-shod.
     


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    Launer do an excellent breast wallet and it can be made in other colours than shown on their website - just email them fr details. No extra charge for this.
     


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    I have an Ettinger bridle hide coat wallet and haven't had any problems with it ruining a jacket line, although I could appreciate the aesthetic pleasure of softer calf...

    Your observations about Smythson are interesting; I have only seen their items in passing, so haven't really had a serious inspection of their workmanship.

    WS Foster/Henry Maxwell make bespoke wallets and individuals that I know who have used them have spoken highly of their wallets etc., irrespective of whether they are "normally" shoemakers. Our friends over at LL were recently discussing some of their wares...

    Ex-Hermes workers seem very much the way to go if you have cash to spare... I have an AiP credit card case that is lovely, and would consider commissioning more pieces from her in future.
     


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