The Bellroy Wallet; super-thin and super-slick.. or £65 and super-useless?

We love well-crafted luxury products here at Two Men About Town, from great fragrance all the way through to quality tailoring and pretty much everything in-between; I’ve been on the hunt for a new wallet of late and this week took delivery of a new one that I would like to share with you; enter the Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve…

Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet in Blue Steel review
Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet in Blue Steel

Now, because I’m reckless and enjoy living life on the edge, I opted for a contemporary blue-steel leather, but Bellroy offer the Note Sleeve wallet in a variety of leather colours, including the more traditional black and brown, and more out-there-jazz-hands colours like teal and arctic blue. I imagine RobsRibs would enjoy these.

I was really impressed with the quality and grading of the leather, the stitching also neat and tidy, giving an overall high quality finish.

Bellroy Wallet: Space-saving

Despite the aforementioned praise, it wasn’t the craftsmanship that made me invest in the Bellroy at £65.00 – there are plenty of cheaper wallets available at equally or potentially superior quality – no, I bought the Bellroy for it’s party piece… space-saving.

Bellroy Slim Leather Wallet vs Traditional Wallet
Bellroy Slim Leather Wallet vs (my) traditional wallet

I’ve been carrying leather wallets for years, overly bulky and awkward in the back of my jeans – or more recently, the inside of my lovely tailored suit(s) jacket pockets, which somewhat ruins the slimline and fitted nature of them. I don’t have hundreds of cards but I was finding it a bit of a faff fitting my wallet into my pockets particularly when wearing a suit, so had started to carry it separately. Enough was enough.

Bellroy Leather Wallet review - holding 8 cards and cash comfortably
Bellroy Leather Wallet – holding 8 cards and cash comfortably

The Bellroy Note Sleeve cleverly fits in 8-11 cards and fits UK standard notes comfortably, rare given that most are designed for US dollar bills, but at a fraction of the depth of most standard wallets. It also features three handy slots for your most used cards and a pull-tab to access the remainder of your cards which, rather pleasingly from an aesthetic perspective, are tucked away from sight.

Bellroy Slim Leather Wallet vs Traditional Wallet
Bellroy Slim Leather Wallet vs Traditional Wallet

I was quite sceptical when reading online reviews on Amazon about the Bellroy and being completely honest wasn’t sure when I first unwrapped the wallet that it was entirely worth the price (more if you want RFID blocking). However, having lived with it for 48 hours and have seen first-hand the slim nature of the wallet itself, which most importantly doesn’t horribly bulk up my suit jackets or jeans any longer, means that I am actually really pleased with this purchase.

I am interested to see how this wallet stands the test of time, particularly wear and tear over the coming months but I am initially really impressed and even reluctantly admit the £65 price tag was, after some consideration, entirely worth it. The three year warranty that comes direct from Bellroy on the workmanship certainly gives me piece of mind.

It’s well made, it’s clever and it’s pretty snazzy. Even if I do say so myself. The very fact I have just written and shared 527 words on a leather wallet really says it all…

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