In some parts of the menswear world, big, swooping details make the difference — think of the visuals that set runway collections apart. In others, the smallest touches actually elevate certain products. With that ethos in mind, the husband-and-wife team behind up-and-coming leather goods company Minimum Squared (otherwise known as m2) sets out to craft its products with care the right way.
Each piece is made by hand in the company’s small studio in Spain — rather impressive when one examines the nuances of the stitching in these wallets, which derive their design from a rather uncommon place. Founder Sanela’s husband used his engineering background to craft a unique combination of tradition and modern technology, resulting in slim wallets that incorporate both a computer-designed pattern and precision laser cutting with hand-stitched leather for surprisingly hard-wearing pieces.
The slim 5-compartment wallets have enough space to hold up to 10 cards, plus one slot for everything from U.S. dollars to international currency. A range of colors — from a minimal black thread-on-black leather design to something like a more eyecatching green leather-and-orange thread combo — ensures there’s something for everyone. It’s easy to see why pieces like a blue-on-blue combo have sold out, what with the rich color and functional features.
Each wallet is crafted out of a single piece of folded, natural full grain goat leather obtained from animals who roam free on a small family farm in England, and an organic tanning technique makes use of only natural processes, according to the brand. Thinning of the leather gives these pieces their slim profile, crucial when wearing slim denim or chinos. And with that range of colors and minimal detailing, it’s likely these wallets can stand up to sharp combinations as far as accessories go — be it a great dress watch or an on-trend elbow patch cardigan.
The handstitched details are made all the more impressive when one considers the quality of leather used — the Fil au Chinois waxed linen thread is sourced from none other than the French manufacturer Filatures J. Toulemonde — that’s the same thread used by legendary luxury brand Hermes. So these wallets certainly have pedigree behind them.
“A wallet is probably the only accessory we use without changing it day after day, month after month, even year after year without any consideration of season (or) time,” the brand says. “Facing the difficulty of finding alternatives which combine capacity, functionality, quality of materials and design, in my spare time I started to contemplate an engineering approach toward a solution.”
The resulting wallets have quickly flown off the shop’s digital shelves, and while it’s the definition of an investment at about $160 U.S. dollars, it’s a wallet that should last just as long — if not — longer as some sturdy selvedge or a great pair of boots.
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