Drive By :: Isaac Reina Divided Wallet
We play with a very handsome wallet
First up, a bit about Isaac Reina… he’s awesome. The luxury world is 9 parts wank to each 1 of goodness, and it’s usually Isaac that’s behind that goodness. Having learned his trade with Hermès, Maison Martin Margiela (before they sold out), and Antonio Miro, this Barcelonian born designer has been churning out carry goodness from a base in Paris for several years now. Each season he plays with a theme, with increasingly awesome results.
Isaac gets leather. Each season he builds his range with just a few leathers, but each of them is nailed in a luxury kind of way. While we don’t love the patent leather seasons, this wallet is part of an analine calf batch that treats both sides and results in a buttery and very fine grained leather. Like a high end chef, the quality of his ingredients means they don’t need much adornment, so you get a stripped back aesthetic that lets the leather be the hero.
Painted edges, embossed edge detailing, immaculate stitching (which triples back for better anchoring) and flawless embossing. This is French craft at its finest.
Don’t expect loads of features. This is semi extreme minimalism, with the goal of making a statement with its simplicity.
Haha, yeah, so you need to be disciplined like a ballerina to run with a wallet like this. But if your sock draw is single layer, your underwear gets folded, and your fingernails repel dirt, then this is the wallet for you.
Steep, but not stratospheric. At around $400 USD, you certainly get better value than most luxury brands.