- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 30 March
EDC to antiques, chic style to colorful creativity, with a little bit of minimalism thrown in for good measure. Diversity is the name of the game for this Week In Review so enjoy the read, hopefully there’s something for everyone…
Elegantly simple EDC
The Shard keychain tool from Gerber looks pretty simple but don’t let that deceive you. This tool may be small (it measures 2.75″) but it stills offers a lot of functionality. There’s a bottle opener, pry bar and wire stripper, along with a small, medium and cross driver. Plus the lanyard hole offers carry flexibility. The tool is made out of stainless steel with a titanium coating and is inexpensive and widely available so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting hold of one. The Shard is also airline-safe, so no need to worry about having it taken away during the security check if you want to keep it with you whilst traveling.
Bonastre is a brand that knows how to make beautiful carry and their D14 holdall is no exception. Handmade in Spain using vegetable-tanned leather, the D14 has an interior zipped pocket and a chic minimalist look that accommodates a variety of business and leisure uses. So what’s the catch? Well this is some serious carry candy and it comes with a serious price tag.
Folding with flair
It doesn’t get much more minimal than the likes of the Defy Swaddle wallet. Constructed out of Horween Shell Cordovan, the wallet folds around the contents, whether it’s bills, bank cards, business cards or a combination thereof. Each wallet is cut from a supple and durable single shell and measures 2.75″ by 4″ when closed. For interest, Leffot also does a similar wallet aptly named The Fold.
Shining the spotlight: Blackbird and the Owl
Blackbird and the Owl produce a range of fun and colorful handmade leather and suede carry items, from card holders and clutch bags to MacBook covers, pouches and coin purses. There’s no shortage of eye-catching designs and colors which may be just the sort of thing to brighten up your day if you’re after some carry that stands out.
They don’t make them like they used to
Whether you think it’s the most amazing pack you’ve ever seen or there’s something slightly disturbing about it, we’d recommend you take a further look at this rucksack because it’s rare and hard to come by in a well-preserved condition. So what is it, you ask? Well it dates back to WWII and was constructed in Switzerland for Swiss infantry, and yes, that’s real pony fur. If you do happen to come across one in good condition for sale, it’s well worth buying it (as long as the price isn’t extortionate). You could find yourself making a tidy profit if you sell it on or alternatively treat it like a fine, valuable wine – it never gets used but you appreciate it simply because you own a prime example of something rather special.