Unsatisfied with the design of both traditional wallets (too bulky and expensive) and compact wallets (not good at carrying cash), the folks from Capsule wallets turned to Kickstarter. Once the clientele was found, they turned to Dwell on Design to show off their creation. The Capsule Minimalist has been something of a hit—the blue edition is currently sold out.
Before you turn up your nose, consider that the handmade, full-grain leather wallet features the CashStrap—a simple way to store and get your bills out. The front slot holds one to two frequently used cards and the top sleeve another two to four cards. Narrow down the contents to what you really need and the Minimalist is your friend, your enforcer of a new no-more-than-you-need mantra, and suddenly that annoying pocket bulge has been downsized.
If you've been wondering why designers have taken to cork so heartily in recent years, the Kickstarter page for the Subrr wallet sumarizes its benefits well. "Cork is as durable as leather but water resistant, and harmless. Cork oak intakes 5x more CO2 when regenerating harvested bark." California's Subrr has a Kickstarter campaign going for the wallet, available in two versions and two types of cork. The designs themselves, each hold up to 10 cards and one version has three compartments, also encourage simplicity—basically you can't carry more than you need. They've also got a cork iPhone back—available through the same campaign.
Famed Japanese stationery brand Midori and American menswear titan Nigel Cabourn have come together to release a special Traveler’s Notebook edition. A Midori staple for over 50 years, the Traveler’s Notebook is a leather-bound journal that can hold notebooks or a range of different inserts. Its design is simple, yet unmistakably effective, and is loved by many for its character and worn-in aesthetic.
The collaboration version is passport-sized with a Broad Arrow emblem embossed on the front, a symbol famously used by the British Army and thus also Nigel Cabourn. The package also includes a bullet-shaped, military matte green brass pencil, complete with branded pencil holder.
Remember when school used to come back in session after Labor Day? Every year it seems like the powers at be move the start date earlier into summer. But no matter—with a new school year comes a good reason to update your everyday gear, and going back to the grind often requires we pick up a new trusty backpack.
You may not be enrolled this fall, but that's no reason to deny yourself an essential. Whether you’re transporting books or beer, here are ten backpacks that’ll get the job done in style.
Everlane Snap Backpack, $65
Parrot Canvas Woodland Camo Uwharrie Day Pack, $65
Poler Stuff Roll Top Bag, $70
Jansport x Benny Gold x Pendleton, $99
LayerxLayer Brimfield Bag, $189
Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase, $149
Cote&Ciel Isar Rucksack, $238
Makr Daypack, $245
Archival Clothing Rucksack, $260
Goruck GR1, $295
Check the journal often for more NoMa suggested fall essentials.
Loyal readers know we are big fans of American outdoors brand Filson here at Nothing Major. Our recent tour of the new HQ and factory only fed our obsession. So we're especially jazzed about the fall collection that just hit. In it, Filson expands its offerings in luggage (more styles and fabrics) while adding some clothing with modern cuts and materials, all built to last a lifetime. We've selected seven items from the new collection we're jazzed about. As for you heritage buffs, you'll be sated too, when Filson drops an archival collection later this month.
1. Short Lined Cruiser Jacket, $295: The Soy Wax construction makes it water resistant and lends it a nice crackled look. The modern trimmer fit is shorter, too. It comes in tan w/ black and red Alaskan plaid lining or in black with dark green flannel lining. Possibly your new second skin?
2. Quilted Vest, $260: Feel free to move around with this water resistant outer shell. It comes in Navy and Orange, both with that great tan contrast pocket detail.
3. Original Sportsman Bag, $360: Filson's best-selling hunting jackets and vest inspired this practical bag. The large main compartment features snap out panels so you can organize it your way. Constructed from 22 oz. Rugged Twill and 12.5 oz Oil Finish Tin Cloth, it comes in Tan/Dark Tan and Tan/Otter Green.
4. Guide Pants (Shelter Cloth, $240 & Soy Wax, $265): These rugged pants are ready for almost anything nature has to offer. Available in the new soy wax, they feature front cargo pockets with one-hand snaps.
5. Tote Briefcase, $360, and Game Bag Messenger, $285: Just what we needed: traditional construction but ready for the city. Both bags use Filson traditional 22 oz Rugged Twill and 12.5 oz. Oil Finish Tin Cloth plus heavy duty brass zippers and pulls and genuine bridle leather.
6. Rugged Twill Log Carrier, $80. You'll never gripe about hauling firewood again with this handsome number at arm's reach.
7. Leather Belt, $58: Don't consider this entry-level Filson. It's constructed in Seattle of genuine saddle leather, the type of belt you pass down to the next gen.
See the complete catalog online at Filson.com