Remember the days of coin marks on your wallet and that out of date condom you can never seem to throw away? Well those days are long gone. Unless you’re still stuck in your own ways and probably single, it’s time you listen and take note of the future. And that future is the Bellroy micro sleeve.
Things are minimalist now, and you better get used to it. It’s just the way it is. Wallets brands and designers have thrown away the coin pocket holder and the 3 in 1 fold idea. It’s all about the card holder or single fold wallet now. Who wants those unsightly creases in their chinos anyway?
We approached Bellroy a few months back looking to understand the current trend and see how they’re approaching this new desire for slimline aesthetic.
But before we do…
Who are Bellroy?
Well, in 2010 is when they first shared their design, but the idea for thinner wallets started ten years earlier.
At school they were sick of seeing folk sat crooked with ugly lumps in their pockets, things had to change fast. But, as it happens, things didn’t change that fast. Years later they found themselves back home sitting around the kitchen table when the light bulb struck.
They brought together some talented friends and set up Carryology and Bellroy, and with passion their quest began – to improve the way people carry things.
Info about the Micro;
- 4 quick-access cards
- 73mm x 102mm – Compare to Other Products
- Central pocket for folded bills and 2 additional cards
- Vegetable tanned leather
- Covered by our 3 year warranty
We built the Micro Sleeve so the centre bill section never jams when you place cards on either side – an intuitive experience underpinned by some clever hinging of our leather.
‐ Davin, Bellroy Design Team
NKN’s Day With Bellroy’s Micro Sleeve
We went out on a trip with the wallet to test its true perseverance with a heavy handed man. Here’s what happened:
07:50am – Say good bye to my wallet and hello NEW Bellroy micro sleeve. My new wallet contains; a bank card, an oyster card, my Waitrose card for that free coffee, 2 NKN business cards, driving licence and a crisp £20 note.
08:00am – Grab the tube with one fast movement, hand to pocket, hand to card holder, hand to scanner. Wallop I’m in.
08:45am – Energy low and feeling rather grumpy right now, think it’s coffee fix time. Went to my local coffee shop to grab a flat white when I stumbled upon an issue. Had to take my contactless bank card out to scan the sensor. I think the two way chip between oyster and bank card was like two north magnets bouncing off each other.
13:15pm – Feeding time. Went to a local Prêt as I’m a sucker for a egg & cress sandwich, even though I should walk in with my pants pulled down. Paid for my delicious item via card and asked the guy next to me for his thoughts on the wallet. “Nice, that”, he said. Prompting me to explain at great length the design of the wallet. I’m not sure he was too impressed by my rambling.
18:30pm – Party time on a Thursday school night, so we hit The Roundabout in Old Street. Quick. Easy. Paid via contactless because I can.
07:00am The night was a blur and I’m late for work. Think we went to brink lane or something, but it was good night, a drunken night. I had my wallet which I was panicking at first as I couldn’t see it, it was so slim in my pocket I thought I lost it. Everything was all there minus my business cards ‘wallop’ and the £20 note a which was replaced with receipts… oh.
The feel was a soft leather, delicate to the touch. You got a sense of fine craftsmanship with the wallet and, and it was pleasurable, in a way, to simply slip it out of your pocket.
Each side had 3 slots to hold your cards, which is perfect for me (if you have more than 3 bank cards, you may need to control your spending). In the middle you gave a great compartment for business cards, and enough for 3 to 4 or notes. Now, if you’re the type who likes to hoard receipts and general junk, this isn’t the wallet for you.
But then again, perhaps it is. Perhaps it’s time you changed the way you organise your life and started getting down with slimline wallets and cocktails, rather than lagers and Sainsbury’s sales slips. And if you decide that it is, we highly recommend you take a look at the Bellroy micro sleeve range!
I like the wallet and enjoyed my day with it. I think what would be good is to see what’s it like after a few months. So stick around…