Before we all had smartphones a good wallet was the best thing to keep our stuff in order.
In my opinion a well made wallet is still one of the most important thing to carry around, especially card sleeves are perfect as a constant companion in urban city life. I prefer minimal design with a maximum of usability, the card sleeves by Holstee and Bellroy offer these two things in a perfect way.
BELLROY CARD SLEEVE
Bellroy offers a very slick card sleeve made of tanned cow leather with all in all space for about eight cards. The card sleeve has three different slots for business cards, credit cards or bus tickets.
The wallet comes in a smart hard paper case designed as an envelope with thread on two sides. The package feels very good and has a first-class quality.
Bellroy tries hard to slim your wallet compared with usual wallets. Have a look at their story.
The wallet is 10.3 cm high and 7.1 wide.
The leather is very smooth and durable. It offers a great look and feel in your hand.
HOLSTEE THE BLACK WALLET
The Black Wallet by Holstee is cut and sewn from trash collected in Dehli, India. As you can see it is not really black but made of black and grey plastic bags. The Black Wallet offers space for round about 10 cards.
The Black Wallet comes in a black envelope with a stamped message on it. The package also includes a smaller version of the famous Holstee Manifesto.
The envelop is made of elephant poo, as you can see Holstee is really taking care of vegan producing and recycling.
The wallet has a really unique feeling. It almost feels like it has a waxed surface. It appears very durable and is environmentally friendly.
I like the idea of asking the customer at the order whether they really need this product. It shows that the business of Holstee is more about sustainability than it is about making money at any price.
The front slot allows quick access to the cards you use the most. I have two cards in this slot but you can add another one without any problems.
The Black Wallet has two slots at the front and you can easily carry two cards in one slot. This also offers quick access to the most used cards.
Unfortunately the material isn’t very flexible. That means if you always have two cards inside one slot and then you only put one card in it could easily fall out. But If you stick to one amount of cards it’s absolutely safe.
The Bellory card sleeve offers a big middle slot for storing at least six cards. Thats enough space for my needs. Bellroy developed this wallet for keeping your wallet thin and minimal, so lets do them a favour and use it that way. If you need more space buy another wallet.
The Holstee middle slot differs because it is open on two side, this allows to put a lot of cards inside (it takes six cards easily) and even bigger things like bills or old id-cards.
The back of the Bellroy wallet offers another quite bigger slot. It also allows quick access to cards. I use it for traveling tickets, all in all very convenient.
The back of the Holstee wallet has a different opening than the other slots. It’s more used like a slider, due to the notch in the middle it is very easy to get the card out.
For a better usability of the middle slot the card sleeve comes with a pull tab. It’s a nice idea but I actually never use it.
A special reminder hides inside the back slot of the Black Wallet. I love those short messages that bring you back to ground during living in hectic urban cities.
To be honest, I love them both.
Each one has it’s own soul and is special in it’s own way.
Both take care of your cards and folded bills in a perfect way combined with minimalism.
It’s a question of personal taste which one to buy and to use.
All photos were taken by the talented photographer Lena Frank
I made this honest review for my own purpose, neither Holstee nor Bellroy paid or booked me for this.