Natural Lamb Veg Tan Leather

When I first received this batch of grade AA leather, I know that basic natural veg tan leather will start resurfaced again from our collections.

The leather are so perfectly skived (standard 1.5mm) and tan, quickly i start making prototype for our year end collection (due Dec-Jan 2014)

Some pics

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The leather are not big, 5 to 6 feet max.
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Immediately, i prepared 3 prototype collections.

1st, inspired from 1950s police officer pistol holder.. a bifold wallet with a detail thumb release snaps
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Basic bifold with 6 card slots and 2 hidden slots.

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2nd, our new 5inch mayan wallet

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Emphasize on some detailed tooling on the covers. 3 card slot, 1 bill slot, 1 hidden slot and 1 coin change compartment.

3rd will be our finalized trucker wallet (after 4 version, this is final)

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Most of the trucker wallet available have only a stack cards slot, this time round, i redesign the whole sizing to accomodate 3 full card slot and 1 stack slot.

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The usual long wallet sizing are measure 7.5 by 3.75 fold, I have increase the broadness of the wallet to 7.5 by 4.5 inch, add in another layer of leather to create another compartment slots divide them up to 3 slots at 2.5 each. It fit the card perfectly for the height. It can now hold more than 10 cards amd not creating the bulge.

You will be probably asking, how this big fat 4.5 wallet can fit into the back pockets??!!

Sorry to the slimmer jeans user, this trucker wallet fits only heritage cuts jeans. (Go take a ruler measure your back pocket opening)

And I have made 1 myself using Japanese tooled leather if you follow my instagram.

Next pics will be the new coin change compartment that we will be implementing from 2014 onwards for all product in future.

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Lastly, again a family pics

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Hi, Mr. Editor, your wallet looks cool!

This segment of WX2 Tradesman, lets look at how an Editor wallet should be.

Flipping back our records of custom-made wallets, we remember this design, the Ranonranonrat wallet. A wallet designed by the user that is unique and one of its look.

While we were brainstorming for a tradesman wallet for the ‘white collar’ class, we looked back and improvised the Ranonranonrat wallet.

WX2 Tradesman Editor

The design aesthetic remains originally. A bi-fold concept with coin compartment outside and strap snap closure.

We uses black and natural leather this time round. Dimension for this wallet is 5″ long, 3.25″ breadth and 0.5 thick when close.

WX2 Tradesman Editor

The detail on the coin compartment is this ‘expandable’ technique which is quite rarely used on leathercraft. The common ones you see are slit open all the way down to the bottom. On ours, the slit was cut out 2/3 downwards.

WX2 Tradesman Editor

Internally, we have 6 card slots in total, 4 suitable for credit cards, 2 bottom slots are stack slot, which is good for namecards. Money clip for bills to slim down the overall thickness of the wallet.

WX2 Tradesman Editor

 

Thread colours are matching with the leathers, white threads for natural and black thread for black leather. The reason is to maintain minimalism on the wallet external without being too ‘contrasty’ but yet still unique.

WX2 Tradesman Editor

 

 

Wallet for Travellers

Previously, we showcased WX2 for the Military. From this week onwards, we will feature WX2 Tradesmen. Similarly making only limited pieces, the Tradesmen range focus on the modern day occupations.

Wallets cater for or specifically functional for particular trade.

First to start is our Frequent Traveller Mid Wallet.

WX2 Trademen FQT

Made out of Ostrich-embossed cowhide leather, the texture is ‘bumpy’. These spots are the pores of the ostrich feathers. Exotic and unique, they are soft by itself.

Expect a shinier surface after some usage.

WX2 Trademen FQT

WX2 Trademen FQT

Constructed with inner lining of oil-tanned cowhide leather, we make sure the storage space is ample for a regular traveller. A zipper compartment for coins, receipts or amulets, is set in between 2 compartments. These compartments can fit passports, bills (fold-up), or travelling notes.

The fun is, we incorporated a card holder of 6 slots, detachable from the wallet!

A good and flexible design feature during your transit waiting, keeping the main wallet in safe bag and only using the cardholder for quick meals.

WX2 Trademen FQT

WX2 Trademen FQT

On the external, it is a 2 hidden button closure concept, with curve shape outline. Check out the pictures below closely, apart from the pores, you can see the grains and lines on the surface.

And by looking at them even more closely, you will notice the different threads we use externally and internally. The reason of this is to match the colour of the different leather we use.

WX2 Trademen FQT

WX2 Trademen FQT

 

This model will be available on Obbi Good Label webstore end of July.

Wallet for the Flyboys

If you have notice, every fortnightly we will introduce a part of WX2 series. This week is no different, the day to showcase another Military WX2 for the Air Force.

It is with heartfelt emotion while I recall the making of this wallet. Not only did it create a milestone for Obbi Good Label in 2010, most importantly, this wallet forged a friendship until now.

The design of this wallet is inspired by Mr. -Five-‘s original design which we were commissioned to produce in 2010. The full story coverage can be found recorded in his blog entry, showing his sketch design to the details of material used on his wallet.

WX2 AF1

3 years later, we reproduce this design and place it in a prestige category in Obbi Good Label’s design altar. One of the 3 pieces for WX2 Military, this is the AF1 Wallet.

Apart from tweaking the design a little, the materials use are different from the original. The reason is simple, there is no way we can source the same materials anymore… Mr. -Five-‘s AF1 wallet is the one and only piece.

However, we maintain the original aesthetics by following the external design cut. Original buttons of the overalls from Republic of Singapore Navy are replace by Obbi Good Label’s brass snap button.

WX2 AF2

Internally, we build a card slots on 2 faces, increasing the card storage. The internal leather is Lambskin in natural colour to ensure beautiful petina. Although soft and buttery on feel, the leather is extremely tough to withstand constant usage of ‘filling’ up on cards and bills.

WX2 AF2

WX2 AF2

Leather externally is Grainy Brown Lambskin. As compared to its predecessor which used brown cowhide, they are much grainier. A little rough touch on the surface for the start, it will smoothen after use and blend into the skin create an amazing aging effect.

The double stitching lines across the wallet are machine-sew with walking foot trails in between the lines, imprinting onto the lambskin contrasting the grain pattern.

WX2 AF2

The size of this wallet maintain at 6″ tall, 4″ width and slightly thinner due to the omitting of coin pouch, at around 0.5″ thick.

WX2 AF2

If even you want to own a wallet, one of its kind design, check out Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies for purchase. We will only make ‘enough’ of the WX2 Military set.

These, I hope are going to be legend some day….

Blue Cavalier for the sea

Continuation of WX2 Military leather goods, this week we release the Naval wallet.

Wx2 Naval Wallet

The idea came about when we first handled our supplies of these Blue Cavalier Chromexcel Leathers (Horween). What we saw was a wavy ‘sea of blue leathers’ when stacking the hides on the shelf. All it took was someone to cry out, we should do something for the Navy. And that is how it all started.

Wx2 Naval Wallet

Standing at 5″ tall, this wallet is perfect for any backpockets. Brown threads contrasting the blue leather with a curve cut on the leather flap.

The buttons hidden for the closure is with a reason as we want to make use of the pull-up characteristics of the chromexcel leather for the buttons to create impressions on the leather surface. Showing different tones of blue and adding character to the wallet just like the cool characters of those Naval boys.

Wx2 Naval Wallet

Imagining the life of the seamen out in the ocean, they would often want to keep a picture or two of those whom they want to remember – their loved ones. These precious pictures must be kept with security as well as carry along all the time. To fulfill this, the extra leather flap with buttons closure ensures that.

Instead of building a ‘window screen’ for the pictures to be seen easily, we would like you to put the pictures in the hidden slot (behind the card slots). The reason is simple, this is a Naval wallet, designed with a sailor’s lifestyle in mind. Not a wallet for you to flip out conveniently to show your pass to enter office building.

Wx2 Naval Wallet

Wx2 Naval Wallet

Obbi Good Label WX2 Military – The Naval Wallet is exclusively available on Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies

The Boondocker’s wallet

When we talk about ‘Boondocker’ here, what do we mean? Its definition developed into various meaning throughout the years and use loosely by people.

From most research, I have found out that the term ‘Boondocker’ started in the 20th century by American military servicemen serving in Philippines. It comes from a Tagalog word for mountain ‘Bundok’. They started using it to mean a rural, remote bushy area.

In the modern world, Boondocker now has got different variations. From snowmobile to RV community to military, it has however maintain its meaning of exploring the remote area, the adventurous type.

Inspired by the Boondocker boots issued to the US Marines throughout WWII, we adapted the pattern on the back on the boots, putting it on the center backbone of our WX2 Boondocker Mid Wallet.

Boondocker wallet

Looking at the wallet from one side, the design pattern of the additional leather trim appears to be like the heel of the boots, with contrasted triple stitching in white and black threads.

Boondocker wallet

Boondocker wallet

While inspired by its military definition, we incorporated the wallet with functional and ample storage slots and compartments for the modern use of Boondocking RV groups. As you may read, RV community also refers to parking their caravans overnight in remote areas. These adventures are often self-sustained with storage of food, daily essentials for family vacation.

Taking into account of the requirements, we make sure that the storage of the wallet is enough for cards, bills and coins.

Boondocker wallet

Finally, the materials we used are as close to the original Boondockers boots as we possibly can find. Our rough-out brown leather although in a different tone of brown, will aged into a same dark brown tone with constant usage.

Boondocker Mid Wallet is our first feature for Obbi Good Label WX2 Military campaign for the Army. It is exclusively available in Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies. 

Obbi Good Label ‘Military WX2’

WX2 is a creativity branch of Obbi Good Label originally base on Work Wear inspired concept. Still maintaining this belief, we continue this concept onto the militant.

This Spring, will be introducing WX2 – Military Style.

Each wallet has got a story of its own, presenting its design background, the imagination of the tradesman and then combining its functionality into a realistic concept.

Military WX2 is in no doubt consisting of the major services of Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as narrowing down into the interesting individual tradesman and their vocation.

Such a concept of designing and producing leather products base on and inspired by occupations, work, trades and specialties is exactly what WX2 is about.

An original concept develop by Obbi Good Label.

Stay tune this May!

WX2 coming soon