This is a pretty carry-indulgent post, but go on, indulge us…
We wanted to take a closer look at a stitchless carry case from a leather works crew in Italy. It’s made by Peroni Firenze, and uses a construction technique that is not often seen. So here’s a bit of a geek-out about it…
A whack of leather, some lining, and lots of stitches seem to be the key ingredients in most wallets and pocket carry. While we’ve seen some amazing (mostly) stitchless bags, there are not many stitchless wallets doing the blog rounds. Thankfully, there does seem to be a small thing amongst some of the Italian and Spanish makers to push their craft and explore new ways to build a pocket organizer, and this is a neat example of it.
These stitchless products generally rely on the structure of traditional vegetable tanned leathers, which are then heat formed and glued. It’s hard to finish a wallet well like this, so not many makers will even try it.
The benefits? None really, other than less chance of a stitch coming undone. But it is nice to get that little nod of appreciation from a fellow carry nut when they realize you’re carrying something a little out of the ordinary.
And now the real geekery
For anyone that has not run away with their eyes bleeding by now, I figured we’d give a quick run down on how we think they actually do it…
Start with a lightly painted vegetable tanned hide with minimal softening work. Skive 10mm wide channels to half depth on alternate sides. Chamfer these skived edges. Place into heated mold, glue edges, and heat set leather (while also embossing logo details). Remove from tool and paint edges. Package, sell, and flip out a few carry nuts.