Tender’s wallet is cut, sewn, and foil embossed in England from leather tanned in England with oak bark or wattle bark and chestnut. After tanning the leather is heavily greased by hand, to keep it strong and supple.
As well as a long slot for notes and paper, there are pockets for eight cards. These are full height layered pockets, rather than slots, so the cards are kept flat to reduce the chance of them cracking.
Most wallets have the cards arranged horizontally, one above the other, but if the wallet is kept in a back pocket and sat on a lot, the cards are liable to crack, as they are being strained along their length. Tender’s wallet arranges the cards vertically, next to each other, so that the strain on the cards when worn in a back pocket is along the shorter side, making the wallet flex more easily, and reducing the likelyhood of damaging the cards inside. The leather is heavily greased, which can leave a white residue on the surface of the skin- this will rub off easily, and is a desireable characteristic of this natural product.
The racing green wallets are hand painted by a Master Barge Painter, with large daisies traditional in English vernacular boat decoration, dating to the mid-19th Century. The glossy paint wears and crinkles beautifully with age.
The hand printed version has been block printed on an antique ‘Albion’ press, with a lemon-wood block hand carved by Chris Daunt, especially for Tender. Over time the ink will fade as the leather darkens, leaving a subtle relief.
The white wallet is cut from the leather used by the British Household Cavalry for white dress belts and fittings, and has a very dry handle which will pick up marks from denim clothing and general use very quickly, giving it a unique patina. If desired, it may be cleaned with a pencil eraser.