Bought mine in Tobacco that's looking great, it's turned a richer shade of brown than the first time it arrived, so love it even more. Great product. Have just ordered the Love 41 Simple Tote in Chestnut, so excited!
I did extensive research when looking for an ALL leather bag. Everyone else’s was just pure garbage! I don’t remember exactly how I came across Saddleback Leather but so happy I did. I looked at everything on the website! I found exactly what I had been looking for: The Big Leather Wallet & Front Pocket Briefcase in ALL BLACK!
What finally sold me is when I watched Dave’s Video: How to Knock off My Bag
Waited 3-5 days w/free shipping! It came to my house & I opened the big box it came in! Only 2 words came to mind: BEAUTIFUL & BEST I’VE EVER SEEN!!! The fresh smell of full grain leather filled the air around me! I was VERY IMPRESSED.
Customer service = ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!
I also had my eye on a couple other things so I ended up buying ALL in total: Front Pocket Briefcase (Large/Black), Front Pocket Backpack (Large/Black), The Big Leather Wallet (Black), & 1 bottle of Leatherman’s Milk. I could not be HAPPIER!!! Kudos to the Saddleback Leather Company :)
I'm putting this same review in the reviews of the other items I bought because they all deserve the same praise!!!
My wallet just arrived and I LOVE IT. I was a bit taken aback when I saw in person for the first time. But it's by far the best purchase of a wallet I've made. It holds ID, credit cards, pens, receipts and anything else I can think of. It also carries well as a tote purse.
I plan on using this for 100 years and leaving it to my child when I'm gone. Kudos SBL!
Female review - I have slowly been transitioning from all other brands to SBL and I can't tell you how pleased I am with my recent purchase of the big wallet in chestnut. Yes, I am a woman...and I typically have a large tote / handbag that I use to carry everything. This wallet works great even if I were to carry it alone and I can still get my iphone 6+ in the back pocket with a larger Speck case in the event I need to grab it and run. Ample room to carry credit cards, money, change and a small pocket/passport sized notebook. If you like to be organized than this is the wallet for you. It's heavy but not that heavy and the quality is part of that heaviness. I was always unsure about the button snap closures but they are strong and I don't foresee them being an issue. It's strong and beautiful all at the same time. Under your arm, as a clutch or in a handbag it does the job. Pen holder is a great touch - literally everything I need to grab and go. So far, I am beyond impressed with each and every item I receive and the fact that it has a 100 year warranty makes me want to use the heck out of it without worry! If you carry a regular/standard travelers notebook it's about the same size and I can even grab an insert and carry it in the wallet if I don't want to carry both. It's perfect for me!!! Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just received my big leather wallet and I am so happy! I have wanted it for quite some time but didn't take the plunge. I am glad I finally bought it. Once I made the decision to get it I couldn't wait for it to come. I got the dark coffee brown. The quality is amazing. I have carried Vera Bradley wallets for years and like them for their functionality. The big wallet offers the same functionality but will last forever. I can't see myself buying another wallet ever again. Now I need to pick a bag to go with it. Thank you Saddleback!
This is my 3rd purchase and as in other reviews, this stuff becomes an addiction! This wallet is amazing! It's very thick but when worked with your hands will soften up in no time. It's simply beautiful! Plenty of room to store all the extras, love the pen holder too. Can't believe I waited this long to buy it! Love love love it! Also it's the first time I've chosen tobacco over the dark brown and it's amazing...love the tobacco finish - much better in person!
My husband purchased this wallet for me because I am sure he was tired of listening to the Saddleback videos playing non-stop in our home. :) I use this wallet on a daily basis. Inside of the coin pocket I have placed a mini "throwaway style" one use toothbrush, contact case, and bobby pins when traveling. I use the back pocket of the wallet to hold a slim notepad. When my passport pocket isn't in use it holds a plethora of coupons or gift cards. This is my first SB product and I am thrilled with the quality and function.
After years and years of wasting money (on poorly made products), I seem to have struck gold.
I was on the hunt, yet again, for a well-made wallet that wouldn't break or fall apart after a few months of use.
As I navigated through multiple mediocre websites offering nothing but junk, I came across Saddleback Leather. . . . and I've been hooked ever since.
I ordered this big leather wallet and it's just as described - it's big, it's leather, and it's a wallet. I just love the amount of things I can fit in here! I have 14 cards, a stack of cash, a thick checkbook, a small notepad, a pen, and 4 micro sd cards (in the coin/change compartment). . . And there is still enough room for plenty of other things.
*** This wonderfully large wallet will NOT fit inside the "book bag". So, I returned the bag and ordered the medium classic briefcase. Can't wait for it to arrive.
I have this wallet in black and I also have the Lana version in DCB from Love41. This wallet is everything I could hope for and more. I love big wallets like this because I can carry all of my cards, cash and notes that I need for the day, plus there is a place for a pen and some change. I also love that it's easy to find in whatever bag I am carrying.
When you first get the wallet, the closure is a little stiff, of course, because it's new leather, but it loosens with use and works perfectly after a day or two.
I am definitely purchasing another wallet to match my chestnut bags. This wallet is absolutely perfect and worth the price!
I wanted this wallet for a very long time and I religiously went on daves deals for months until I saw it on a 25 percent discount and I knew it was mine. I absolutely love it. It is chocolate brown with the light pigskin lining ( I got lucky) and while I acknowledge it is big ( my 11 year old son Calls it mybookcase) I love it. It holds everything. I even put checkbook in it. It is an amazing wallet and Dave I know you discount less than perfect but to me this wallet is perfect. I love the light lining it brings contrast and class to it. If you don't mind a big wallet that is well made and of quality this is your forever wallet. I can't wait to break it in a bit. Thank you Dave for making quality products that make a statement.
Just received this fine wallet as a gift. If you travel much, for business, or otherwise, this wallet holds a lot as what I call backup info that I don't carry in my primary (read: smaller and more pocket friendly) wallet. This wallet goes in my shoulder bag when flying, or in the side pocket door of an automobile when driving, and keeps track of all those ancillary cards such as hotel rewards cards, airline frequent flyer cards, passport, boarding pass, etc. The ruggedness and construction of this wallet are without question some of the finest you'll find. I look forward to many miles with it.
Okay... I am notoriously rough on wallets. I hated going through wallet after wallet, year after year. Tried designer brands, cheap brands, exotic materials and leathers you name it. Most lasting maybe 1-2 years tops. Truth be told when I ran across this wallet I did not realize just how big it was until it came and I almost fell out of my chair in surprise.
The quality was so good however that I decided to try it out and see how it worked out, and it did wonderfully. I am used to carrying a check book sized wallet.
Now, as I said, it is extremely well made, heavy duty. The craftsmanship excellent which I very much can appreciate. Second., I have yet to misplace it. While not designed to easiely slide away concealed into a back pocket (if you do best make certain to have suspenders on), it does rest in some jacket and coat pockets. I usually have mine in my truck console and carry it as/when needed. When I don't require it a money and card clip do just fine. It is easily large enough to hold my business checks, pen, large amount of cards, cash and when traveling fits a passport (or two easily). I have yet to fill it up!
The look/style is by no means feminine so to see the video of it being marketed here more towards women I find very amusing. Would you ever catch me wearing a man bag? I think not... no, but sure as heck will be using this "Big Leather Wallet" to carry what I need when I need it, that's for sure!
No doubt it will last through many many years and just keep getting better with time (wish I could say the same).
Now, to buy some of that gorgeous luggage you make! Hint, having some tooling available would be very nice addition/option.
Love this wallet, no more prissy designer crap for me! But please note that there is a deep space directly below the coin purse that is as deep as the wallet. Not intended for credit cards. I accidentally popped mt debit card there & it went deeper & deeper towards the bottom, it took me 30 minutes to try & retrieve it out as no one I think has fingers that long that can squeeze in the tight space. I finally had to use a set of needle nosed pliers & this scratched both the card & the leather . I may try & super glue close this as it really gave me a scare. Still the best wallet on earth, I just wanted to share for FYI.
Okay - so originally I was going to go with the "normal size" wallet... But then I watched the video of this Big wallet (I'm kind of obsessed with watching all the product videos) and I immediately wanted it. I was sort of concerned that I'd feel like it was too big, and I didn't feel like I should splurge just then because I had just received the Love 41 bucket back (sister company - AWESOME BAG!). But then - my husband surprised me and got it for me for my birthday. It *is* large, but it is beautiful and I love it. I especially love it paired with my bucket bag because I can grab it and run into a store if I don't need my whole bag, but honestly, they are a perfect pair. They compliment each other so well and I know that I will have them for years and years. The quality is fantastic! The smell is also amazing. Lots of areas to keep things and I get complimented on it at check-out counters all the time. I am a fan for life!
My boyfriend was on your site looking for wallets for himself and he stumbled upon this wallet (and small tote!). Well, he surprised me with both of them yesterday for an early Valentine's Day gift. It is beautiful, well constructed, sexy, and smells so nice. It holds all of my essentials and then some. Some people call it huge but I think it's just right. I am petite (5' tall) and It is very comfortable in my hands. Also, it fits in the Small Tote perfectly. We saw a YouTube video by a typical malcontent complaining that she couldn't stand her large wallet vertically at the end of her Small Tote because the sides are shorter. She also complains that it won't hold her 15" laptop and large thermos among other things at the same time! Here is her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHLXIbYW-iY
This video irritated us because we are thoughtful consumers who do our research before even making minor purchases. She should not blame a great company and amazing product design for her bad purchasing decision. She should have purchased the Large Tote for her needs. Her fault, not yours. Additionally, Suzette posted this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAo6PH9FtNM clearly illustrating what type and size devices fit in the totes. This lady should have done her homework before purchasing and taken personal responsibility for HER mistake! You guys are great and don't deserve the unwarranted bad publicity from folks like that. Keep doing what you're doing and thanks again for the great products. We will be back for more!
Been looking at the wallet for some time and saw it on Dave's Deals and broke down and bought it. He ain't lying when he says its not small. I've never been accused of being small by no means, and this wallet is perfect for me it fits in my back pocket. I Love it!!!!!!!! It holds everything I need and still has plenty of space for more. For most people if you don't already carry a bag this is too big for you. But you will not be disappointed in the quality and craftsmanship.
If you want a BIG wallet that fits everything you need and more, this is the wallet for you! I purchased the wallet in Chestnut, and have had it for almost a year now, and it never fails to impress. The different flaps and compartments are great for storing all sorts kinds of stuff. The passport sized flap was especially useful on my two month trip to South Africa this year, it kept my passport and boarding passes safe, and I never had to worry that it might fall out or get lost. Also, the large open flap right behind the the passport flap fits a small moleskin notebook, which I find useful to jot small notes down. Overall, this is a gorgeous wallet that is super durable will last me a lifetime.
That said, the only "bad" thing about the wallet is that the sleeve on the back of the wallet is very stiff and tight. Even after almost a year of tough everyday use, the back sleeve is too tight to quickly (and easily) slide papers/receipts/boarding passes into.
Overall, excellent wallet, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great daily organizational item.
I got this for my wife when our girl was born. I wanted something representing permanence and dependability and steadfastness, and wanted it to be something she'd use every day, so it could remind her of that crazy time our life--the one we live together, sure we still have our own lives, but the partnership, the family, that shared life--changed forever. Not asking much of a wallet here, just that it represent a Giant Life Change of tectonic proportion, no big deal.
My wife's purse is a marvel of over-preparedness organized in such a way that, to me, it may as well be 38 individually bagged bird skeletons. Whatever it is, I know she has it in there, but I'd have as much luck trying to find it at the bottom of a lake. She on the other hand will hand me a needle, already threaded with the right color, in four seconds. All this military-grade readiness takes its toll on purses, though, so she goes through at least one a year. Same story with her wallets, which are like her purse's SEAL team, deployable separate from the Mothership and just as deadly.
When I saw the Big Wallet, it was like they had my wife's wallet, on the internet. Only better. Bigger, more thoughtfully designed, with organizational bits I couldn't wait to let her discover. Devoid of stupid baubles, clasps, cheap zippers, plastic parts, extraneous seams. Just huge, gorgeous pieces of leather, carefully stitched to safely organize that particular territory of her purse. A change pocket that works. Roughly 175 card slots. A penholder that is exactly the right size for a 1947 Parker 51, if you were wondering. And the smell, oh my the smell. It is not a thing I am particularly proud of, but it is true: when she asks me to get her purse for her, I stand there for a second and I smell her wallet. To all the world I am an insane person in that moment, but I am the happiest lunatic.
It's been through two different purses already, quietly outlasting their shoddy sewing, cheap linings, broken hardware. And while Saddleback makes stunning purses these days, I wouldn't dare try to lock her into a purse that would last forever; she likes finding new ones at TJ Maxx or whatever, changing colors, all that. But this wallet goes in all of them, classing them up like when you rent a car that's nicer than yours for an out-of-town wedding, and will outlast every one of them. It'll outlast her and me, too, and then it'll be my daughter's. And that's how a wallet gets to be more than just a wallet.
Thanks for making this thing. She loves it.
Being a SBL convert, looking for a decent sized and practical wallet this was the only option I could get my head around. QAnd it is not a boring option, it is a solution.
Being a decent big wallet I can have all the necessary items with me when ever I go out.
Zero chance of it being left in a store or resturant, as everyone who see's it comments favourbly about it so I make sure they cant get their hands on it, and with me it stays.
Pity I wont be here in 100 years time to see the grand chcildren fighting over it, but while I am here it is mine and no one elses!
Keep up the bloody good work Dave and team.
I've had this wallet for just under a month and I absolutely love it. It is huge, don't make any mistakes about that. Even though it is large enough to be a clutch I toss it into a shoulder bag anyway so my hands are free when I'm shopping or traveling.
There are a lot of little pockets where you can stash stuff and my car key fits (tightly) into the change purse so I know if I can get into my car, I have my wallet.
The quality of the leather is amazing. I really think that if I live another 40 years on this planet I will have this wallet.
And if you're into the traveler's notebooks, you can fit a notebook into the wallet by sliding the back cover into one of the cash slots. The wallet is actually very versatile.
As a college student I had to save for a while to be able to get this wallet, but I am so glad I did. I've had it for about a year now, and as someone who travels a lot and also constantly needs a pen I can definitely say that this wallet is worth it! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten to school and either I forgot my pen or it ran out of ink...and voila, I have a spare in my wallet. I can fit a checkbook and my passport and all my cards in this wallet. I carry it as a clutch purse most of the time, and I get so many compliments. Also, it is DURABLE. I spilled fruit punch on it once and panicked, but the punch came right off and I can't even see where it spilled now.
I anticipate having this wallet for at least another couple of decades. I love it so much that I just bought my mother one for Mother's Day to replace her 25+ year old Italian leather wallet!
i recently bought a carbon big wallet.
i love the carbon colour...it is nuanced and matte and much more interesting than most black leathers. it is low key and understated.
the wallet itself is a lovely solid big chunk of leather, and it has been very well put together, as usual with SBL.
the degree of organisation is just right for me ... and the organisation is very flexible.
it is deceptively simple, this wallet is.
a great deal of care and thought has gone into its design and construction. all of which means i shall be happily carrying it for a very long time.
bonus...a naked iphone 5 fits in there too.
I purchased this Big Classic Wallet, a little over a year ago.
With age comes beauty, The more I use it, the better it looks.
I picked dark coffee brown,(customer service helped with the color) there suggestion was perfect! It has so many uses, its really an everything wallet. what can I say that hasnt been said by so many other people here . best quality, best designs, best best best.
I must say, I much prefer this to the older style. It seems to be more lightweight, and I love the curved design of the card slots. I can fit more than one card in each slot, and I put stamps inside the pocket behind the coin pouch. And it is so hard these days to still find wallets that have penholder, let alone a penholder that holds more than one pen! And the RFID protection is a huge bonus. I believe I am now in possession of the mothership of all wallets. I purchased the chestnut color - it's now my new favorite color.
I have been looking for a small purse (this really is a clutch not a wallet) for almost a year and when I saw the Big Wallet I knew I had found what I was looking for. It has just enough room to carry everything you need but no big pockets that just seem to fill up with extra junk when you carry around a purse. You can always throw it in a bag on those days when you need to carry more.
I can fit all my cards(I have multiple cards in each slot and they still slide in and out without me being afraid they will fall out when I don't want them to), cash, pen, pencil, small note book, check book, tissues, cell phone(in the passport place), lip balm(in the coin purse, needle and thread(in the coin purse also), pictures of my kids and I am still buttoning it on the first closure. So if I have a stack of mail to take to the post office or anything else the wallet has room to accommodate it and I just use that second closure. The only thing I need is a key chain attached to the wallet and I plan to take it to a leather place to get a thin cord to run through the pencil holder so I can attach a key chain and it will be perfect for me.
Of courses this wallet is beautiful, will last you a lifetime, and gather compliment from everyone who sees it but the functionality is what sold me. This isn't just a status symbol like some expensive wallets/bags. This is a quality piece that will work for you.