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Leather Wallets - Hermes and Louis Vuitton

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dreamtripper, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Winam

    Winam New Member

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    Nice idea. Had a look at the tom ford wallets and i like them. Might get one


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  2. eddievddr10

    eddievddr10 Senior member

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    i like the berluti wallets, great patina
     
  3. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Senior member

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    I have a Nomade leather wallet. Got it 3 years ago and not a stitch has come lose. However, it has darkened due to the untreated nature of the wallet and stains from jeans.

    I think the LV lines that are still made in France are of higher quality.

    Note, this excludes the canvas stuff
     
  4. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    I have a black leather LV wallet. I think the line is called Utah leather. I have been very impressed with suppleness of the leather and the construction. It looks brand new after a year of being bit to smithereens. There's a very discreet logo.

    I wasn't too keen on the Hermes designs, but they are top of the line. Of course you're paying for the name partly with these things but with that name comes the particular aesthetic.
     
  5. Michigan Al

    Michigan Al New Member

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    Forget the foreign stuff go for the foreign sounding stuff. Bosca. I have used a series of their single fold wallets for cards and ID's for years.I bought two at an old line luggage store in Traverse City last summer. They are really well made and a great value. Love the blog. I linked to it after a mention on Ivy Style regarding a Corbin madras patch jacket. I recently bought a Corbin patchwork jacket that looks like a quilt. Originally sold at Jacobsons in Michigan. Great stuff.

    Al
     
  6. HLow

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    LV quality:
    Stitching is tight and straight (machine stitched and it better be), folded over leather is done well but the fusing done with glue really leaves much to be desired. The lined card compartments are splitting too. All these after very light usage for less than a year.

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  7. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Yeah I had that issue with my LV wallet 5 years ago or so. It lasted about 8 months before issues started with decent usage.
     
  8. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

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    ???? LV wallet I had gave me good service for a number of years without pulling apart at the seams. Is it possible newer production models are inferior quality to older models?
     
  9. HRoi

    HRoi Senior member

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    i think there is a HUGE difference in quality between LV and Hermes. not that i think LV falls apart or anything, but i'm not a fan of the type of leather they use. Hermes, on the other hand just screams top quality and the leather is butter soft.

    my wallet is not a Hermes but my wife has a couple of Hermes wallets. superlative stuff but x3 the cost of equivalent LV or Valextra.

    BTW just to throw another marque into the mix i was very impressed by the Bottega Veneta women's wallets when my wife dragged me into their shop last month. do they make men's wallets?
     
  10. Aaron01

    Aaron01 Senior member

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    As far as monogrammed pieces go, I prefer Maison Goyard to LV. You should check out Valextra, Smythson, RLPL, Cartier and Bottega Veneta as well. I will second the reccomendation for the TF wallets, I checked out some of them at his BH store, they're very nice; thick, supple leather. There was a lot of gator/croco (Spoo) stuff there too...

    LV is not really in the same league as Hermes, the latter uses much better quality of leather. A lot of the LV stuff I've seen has been very flimsy, actually I thought some of the Chanel card cases were nicer.
     
  11. eddievddr10

    eddievddr10 Senior member

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    i have a bottega cardholder really well made , i picked it up at a saks off 5th for like 30 dollars have it a year and half and i abuse it , its still holding up well
     
  12. Fred49

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    I have an LV wallet and it is well built and lasted about 5 years. It is the Nomad or whatever they call it. I like it...
     
  13. TheWraith

    TheWraith Senior member

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    Im a big fan of Smythson wallets/leather goods. Really great stuff, and a nice selection of hides, too.
     
  14. TimelesStyle

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    Yes, they make men's. I've seen them available at Barney's and sometimes on Blue Fly. Never been a fan of the woven pattern but have also heard only the best about quality. Prices are closer to LV or Valextra than Hermes.
     
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    Meh, their stuff isn't constructed particularly well (glued pieces, etc.) but you're right, the saffiano leather itself is pretty durable. If price isn't an issue I'd check out Valextra (similar style, about $90 more) or perhaps Launer (should be a little less but from what I hear, excellent quality leather and workmanship.
     
  17. HRoi

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    thanks. i always thought the weave was too old fashioned but it's growing on me. if i get one it would have to be a crazy color, not black or dark brown.

    now the Prada wallets i do have some experience with. mine was shit.
     
  18. dafein

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    Thanks, that's helpful-- I want to avoid the glued pieces. Valextra is a good suggestion (I have looked) but I'm not particularly fond of the stitchwork. It doesn't look as clean to me.

    Any thoughts on Smythson?
     
  19. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    No experience there, but I think they are well liked here. What is it about the Valextra stitching you find objectionable? I agree that on those pieces using contrasting colors that it is a bit much. In fact that's exactly why I bought my card case in navy instead of tan; the navy used dark blue thread while the tan used light green which stood out in the wrong way, particularly since the fusing on the sides was in black (though I don't know if folding wallets require such fusing).
     
  20. dreamtripper

    dreamtripper Senior member

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    Ended up getting the Hermes.

    Point of interest, custom is possible but needs to be approved by Paris which takes 1-2 weeks. The main downside once approved is that the piece takes a little while to make: >6 months and as much as 2 years in some cases. Best thing appears to be to get something in stock if at all possible.
     

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