I just got my new wallet from Bellroy a few days ago. (Spoiler: This is one nice, fucking wallet!)
If I may, let me share a paragraph or two about how I found this wallet.
I’m watching some video when I see an ad. The ad is for a “Bellroy Travel Wallet.” Well, being your ExpatYourself guy, I’m now intrigued. And I did something I never do: I clicked on the ad.
The ad jumps to Bellroy’s website page, all about their Travel Wallet. I watch that video and I’m now more than intrigued. I’m in love. So in love, in fact, that I did something else I never do: I write a personal note to a company, asking “Can I please…?”
And so, in 10 minutes, I did two things I’d never done, and I’m feeling sorta sheepish, but excited. After some e-mail exchange, I wait. Sure enough, my wallet arrives. And it is Pure Awesomeness.
Yes, it’s a gorgeous wallet. But I also tested how it functions. Below you can read I tested it with 2 passports and 5 currencies. Update: let’s add a mini-contest…if you can figure out all 5 currencies I used, I’ll select one money “at random” and mail it to you!
More About the Travel Wallet…and Bellroy
Bellroy is a premier wallet maker out of the Australia. From a look at their website, Bellroy offers 10 different wallets, each catering to a specific purpose or person. No, the wallets are not cheap. And the look and feel are the farthest things from cheap, too.
From Bellroy’s About Us page, I get the feeling these guys used to work for big league wallet companies, and felt stifled. To revolutionize, to craft designs from scratch, they started Bellroy.
The Travel Wallet
There are actually 7 spots for cards: four slots clearly visible as you open it, and another 3 semi-hidden slots where your bills go. Those 3 inside spots are snug and will hold 1 card each, while the four slots can hold 1-2 cards each. All told, I put my 9 cards in and didn’t feel it was stressed.
The pen. My first question was “Who would want a …?” Oh, yeah, me. Too many times I’ve been seated and needed a pen for some form. I procrastinate because I don’t want to get up into overhead cargo just for a pen. Instead I’ll kindly wait to ask my seat mate for his. Never again with this wallet – I’ll have that pen now.
So, the wallet looks, feels (and smells) great. But can it pack well?
So, my test… I told my new, hungry Bellroy to get ready. It turns out, the wallet handled them all easily. Folded with no effort, making it as functional as it is full of form.
I used 2 passports and 5 currencies and it folds with no effort. Hey, here’s a mini-contest…if you can figure out all 5 monies, I’ll select one “at random” and mail it to you.
Sleeve for Your Passport (or Two)
Part of this wallet’s coolness is its passport sleeve. A standard passport fits very comfortably, even if yours has extra pages. Since all passports are a standard size, it’s a smart design feature for all.
Now, there are a few folks out there who own 2 passports. Well, I tried and the wallet accepted. Both fit well, one per side. A passport’s height and width are less than either of the wallet’s sides with just enough room for the wallet to stay folded naturally.
Five Currencies (Guess them in the comments!)
Having passports isn’t enough. We need money. And when travelling, you can end up with a lot of different money. I stuffed my wallet with five different currencies, including the biggest one I could find. Again, I tried, and wallet accepted it all graciously. I’m shocked, stunned and amazed at this thing. (And I can’t stop smelling it — I mean, it’s a really nice smell)
Back on track, you see the five currencies I used. I put all of these right behind the passports and tried closing the wallet. Bam – hardly an effort really. Now that I think of it, I think the little pen also serves to guide the wallet to fold, like some inside backbone. I’d say it’s a cool design, but I think I’ve said that enough.
Oh, and again, the first person who leaves a comment correctly identifying all five currencies, will win one of the piles. And no, you can’t pick which pile! LOL 🙂
Stuffed But Not Fat
The travel wallet lives up to its purpose very well.
I mentioned it above and I’ll say it again, this wallet is super nice. I know, you’re asking “How good could a wallet possibly get?” I would ask the same question, until I got this one. I can’t help but giggle that I actually own one of these guys.
If your wallet is feeling (& looking) a bit overfilled, then I seriously encourage you to take a look at their page. Yes, prepare to pay more than your average Walmart special, but this wallet is far from average. And I promise, once you have your own Bellroy wallet, you’ll show it off to your friends as I am here.
This is a real work of art. Don’t take my word for it – look at Twitter’s steady stream of people just gushing about their own.