Where to find a canvas wallet
April 14, 2006 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find a good canvas (or similar material) wallet?

I've done all the Google searching for "canvas wallet" but have yet to find something I like. There are a couple on Urban Outfitters' site, but they are still not quite there for me.

I have had the same wallet since I was 12, now 26, and its time to let it go :(

So, where can I find a wallet? Made of canvas or a similar material.
posted by blueplasticfish to Shopping (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What materials are similar to canvas? My suspicion is that you mean "not leather" or maybe "vegan" but it'd be a wild-assed guess. What's wrong with the ones you found Googling that you don't like? Give us something to go on.

In general, though: Department stores, Gap, Old Navy, REI, that kind of thing.
posted by mendel at 3:52 PM on April 14, 2006

Material like Cordura... I don't like leather. Leather doesn't hold up well, especially in wet conditions. Most department stores that you mentioned only sell leather wallets.

This one is really cool, but I am not sold on the smoking pigeon.
posted by blueplasticfish at 3:57 PM on April 14, 2006

Maybe take a look at All-Ett. I got a Junior a couple weeks ago and I really like how small it is. The fabric is synthetic sail-cloth, and it's sort of crinkly (noisy), but it is very thin and makes a great front-pocket wallet.
posted by stopgap at 4:04 PM on April 14, 2006

Timbuk2 makes a ballistic nylon wallet.

I've been using an Eagle Creek wallet similar to this one for years and years. (Looks like my model's been discontinued.)
posted by Zed_Lopez at 4:12 PM on April 14, 2006

Cordura-like wallets used to be very big in the early 80s. Maybe a time machine.

While you look for one of those, I'll second the All-Ett. It's crinkly when you are trying to pull bills out (not in my pocket) but extremely thin and it's worn quite well.
posted by Good Brain at 4:24 PM on April 14, 2006

Ben Sherman
posted by junesix at 4:24 PM on April 14, 2006

Fire Hose Wallet?
posted by mrcircles at 4:36 PM on April 14, 2006

Seconding the All-ett. I have the standard version that replaced a long ailing leather wallet and i love it. I was worried about the crinklyness a bit too but it's mostly gone away in the year since i've had it. the only drawback is it's a little slippery and sometimes a tad floppy with no bills in the pocket. On the upside it really is damn durable, It still looks brand new. no fading, no noticable wear to be seen. And yes, it is surprisingly flat.
posted by skatz at 7:50 PM on April 14, 2006

Most department stores that you mentioned only sell leather wallets.

I didn't mention any department stores, other than to say "department stores"! Mostly I was just trying to figure out if you were just after nonleather ones, or ones made of plant-based fibers, or what. But seriously: REI. The Timbuk2 one is neat.

That said, if you want a durable, water-resistant wallet, the jimi might be a possibility. I've got one and I love it. It's small, though.

There's always duct tape.
posted by mendel at 9:20 PM on April 14, 2006

No canvas, try hemp. And Sports Authority usually has a few Cordura wallets.
posted by Marky at 11:29 PM on April 14, 2006

Third for the All-Ett! I just got a Junior last week and I can't stop admiring how freakin' thin it is. Empty, it feels like a... teflon business card? Just a wisp of material. Full of my stuff, it's thinner than my old leather wallet is empty. Goodbye, wallet-butt.
posted by Tubes at 11:17 AM on April 15, 2006

i've made my own in the past - i used the same material used to cover my grandmother's sofa (which i guess is a fairly heavyweight linen or cotton - not sure it woud qualify as canvas). a simple two-pocket affair (just for credit cards) is very easy. if you need instructions ask/email.

(although i now have a leather wallet that is holding up very well - i don't get it wet, but it seems that better quality leather lasts longer, even though it feels softer).
posted by andrew cooke at 12:28 PM on April 15, 2006

I like Gravis wallets pretty well, and some of them are fabric.

And Cordura wallets are very popular among outdoorsy camping types--check REI, Campmor, MEC, etc.

Also: I doubt the Conphorm Um wallet is what you want, but I want to mention it because I think it's so cool.
posted by box at 3:52 PM on April 15, 2006

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