Undyed Leather Envelope Wallet
- About Leather
- Care Guide
Made from a single piece of the highest quality undyed vegetable tanned leather, these envelope-style wallets are simple, stylish and built to last. Perfect for carrying any combination of coins, cards or cash, this wallet is surprisingly spacious while still being small enough to tuck in your pocket.
The leather used to make these wallets is completely virgin and has not been dyed, or oil treated in any way from the tannery. However we do apply a thin coat of mink oil and beeswax before each item leaves the shop. Over time, a beautiful shiny patina will form, and your wallet will darken significantly into a deep brown colour with age and use. The last photo in this carousel features a wallet made in 2017 using this same leather. Every product will age slightly differently, giving each wallet its own unique characteristics and look.
Our leather wallets are finished with solid brass hardware, and feature a small Strange Tails makers mark on the back.
Please note: because this leather is undyed, it is extra sensitive to cosmetic staining (water or otherwise), especially at the beginning of its life while it is breaking in.
Our leather products are made using the finest quality full grain vegetable tanned leather. Vegetable tanned leather is still tanned using traditional methods involving the ‘tannins’ from plants and tree barks, much the way it has been done for the last several thousand years. This process is a slow and painstaking art when compared to the modern methods of using chromium and harsh chemicals that can shorten the process from several months to just several days.
Only 10% of the worlds leather is still tanned using these old-world methods, but it is widely regarded as the best leather on the market. Additionally the tanning process does not pollute the environment like chromium tanning does. We are committed to both the quality of our products, and to ensuring our environmental impact is as low as possible, so using Veg Tan leather was an easy choice!
Every step of our leather working process is done by hand, including taking the extra time to bevel and burnish the edges of the strap. These are techniques that leave the cut edges of the leather shiny and smooth, making them very comfortable in your hands and against your dog's skin right out of the box. Before our leather products leave the studio, they are conditioned with mink oil for a boost of hydration.
Since leather is a natural material, no two products will be exactly the same and there may there may be some small imperfections in the material as well as variation in colour from product to product. Products that are made with Vegetable Tanned leather will be slightly stiff when first purchased. However, with time and use the leather will form a beautiful patina and darken, while at the same time becoming more soft and supple. This is a completely normal part of the aging process and what makes leather such a beautiful material to work with.
With just a little bit of maintenance, your Strange Tails leather goods will only get better with age.
We recommend conditioning your leather products with Mink Oil or a similar leather conditioning product every few months, or more often if desired.