I was first introduced to Saddleback Leather just over a year ago when my husband had acquired a Saddleback business card from a colleague who was carrying the classic brief case. Game on from there! I purchased him the classic medium briefcase that Christmas and we have been in love with your products since. This briefcase is beautiful and amazing and is aging beautifully! This year I purchased him the large note pad in Dark Coffee to match the bag and he purchased me this large lovely wallet in Dark Coffee Brown (possibly because I kept pulling it up online and showing him how Awesome it looked)! It IS as wonderful as it seems in Dave's video and in the pics. I have a stack of wallets with broken zippers, and torn card holder pockets around the house....when I ordered my husbands bag last Christmas I knew that we really would have these pieces until we die and be just as happy as when we first received them in the mail. Thanks Saddleback and my wonderful husband.....now I need to work on getting the large tote because my new wallet doesn't seem as happy in my Louis Vuitton....wink !oxo. Cant express enough how much I LOVE this wallet!
Before I bought my messenger bag I'd watched the videos over and over again trying to decide which colour was right for me. I ended up going with Dark Coffee Brown. When I was looking for a travel wallet and decided to get the Big Wallet, on a whim I thought I'd try tobacco even though it was my least favourite colour. I thought there's no way I'm going to be seen carrying something that... yellow.
Well, the Big Wallet in tobacco arrived, and I could not believe how wrong I was about the colour. It's darker than it seems on camera, more of a rich, velvety caramel. From now on I'm sticking to tobacco, it's just gorgeous.
The wallet itself is as described - heavy duty, robust, it turns up ready to put in the hard yards. So far it's holding my passport, frequent flyer cards, international driver's permit, express passes, foreign currency and receipts, and there's still tons of room to spare. It's big, heavy, solid, a diamond in the rough... but it looks great, feels great in the hand, holds everything you got and then some.
Ordered this in dark coffee brown and love, love, love it. This wallet (purse) holds everything. It fits perfectly in the small tote; and, corner to corner in the travel case. It is quite possible the best designed and crafted wallet and/or leather piece I've ever owned.
I wonder if anyone in the Saddleback Leather family upholsters their furniture/cars in this leather because Oh. My. Goodness. Are you kidding me with this amazing leather? I just got the Big Wallet in Carbon Black and I keep holding the wallet up to my face and inhaling deeply, and I should stop because people are starting to look at me funny at the office. The leather is A. Maz. Ing. And it is built like a Tonka Truck. This will last forever, keeping me organized the whole journey. I am able to fit two cards in the slots, a checkbook in the longer pockets, and TWO pens in the pen slot. And it's lighter weight than I thought too. Looks great as a clutch, and I appreciate the care and thoughtfulness that went into this design. Is it crazy that I want to buy another one 'just in case' this one wears out even though you and I both know it never will? Must...Have...More....Saddleback Leather.
Just got my big wallet in chestnut today .And all I could say is WOW this is a big honkin wallet .But its grate and it will be my everyday wallet.It sit in my medium satchel ,and I got a lot of stuff in it already along with my cards and money .thank saddleback for the grate work. And your staff are very helpful even when asked dumb questions . keep up the good work .
I LOVE this wallet so much! I have had it for one full day now and it is absolutely beautiful. The chestnut color is warm and the wallet is made really well.
I couldn't stand the wallet being out of my sight for one second so, I slept with it. I'm not ashamed either.
After contemplating for about six months, I took the advice and
"Pulled the trigger". So glad that I did.
Thanks Dave, I really love the wallet!!!
The Big Leather Wallet really is big - as big as a clutch purse, which I like to use it as when I'm making a quick run to the store.
The only problem with a clutch purse is that you literally have to CLUTCH it - it doesn't come with a purse strap you can sling over your shoulder for hands-free shopping. Since I'm too wary of thieves to comfortably leave my beautiful wallet sitting in my cart when I turn my back on it to scoop that 30 lb. bag of dog food off the bottom shelf, I needed a solution. So I contacted a leather craftsman here in GA who built me a purse strap for it. It's 60" long (I like the strap to cross my body), and 3/4 " wide, with a nickel buckle. My intent was to slide this strap through the wallet's pen holder area as a way to hook it securely to the purse. Since I didn't want the strap to just slide around willy-nilly through the pen holder area, I asked him to rivet a 6" long secondary strap partway down the purse strap to keep it in place. With a snap at the other end of the 6" strap, I can easily take the whole purse strap off and turn it back into a wallet whenever I want.
The only thing I worried about (at first) was the fact that putting the strap through the pen holder meant I was basically carrying the purse upside down. However, Dave's nipple rivet closure really DOES keep it secure, and the leather is tight enough that even when I've turned my clutch/purse upside down, left the nipple rivet closure strap unhooked and OPEN, and then given it a good, hard shake, no papers or cards have every fallen out of it.
FYI: if you want to get a similar purse strap made for the Big Wallet (or if Dave would kindly add one to the accessories section - hint, hint), you can probably go as wide as an inch on the purse strap leather - the pen holder can take it. Strap length of course is your own personal preference!
Hello Wallet/clutch woman who wants to use her big wallet on a strap...
Go to a leather shop and get a piece of leather made into a thin "belt"... You run this "belt" or strap through the pen sleeve and it works wonderfully.
I did this for my wife and she loves it. If you take your wallet into a leather guy he'll know what to do.
I am getting ready to purchase my second big wallet and I am stoked. My first one my wife stole from me...so....yah.
Anyhow, I own gobs of stuff from Saddleback....all of it rocks. Thank you!
Just received my wallet. It's gorgeous. I carry everything in my wallet. Checkbook, cards, receipts, and I never have enough room. This wallet holds everything. I feel so organized. It's my first piece of saddleback leather, and I'm sure it will be the first of many.. Amazing quality...
I just got a 2013 Shelby GT500...& was looking for something really unique to use as a document holder for my registration & insurance. After doing quite a bit of searching, I stumbled onto the big leather wallet. It has tons of pockets to hold cards, papers, change & pens. It will last forever. I couldn't actually imagine using it as a wallet unless you carried it in a backpack or bag.
Bought to be a glove box wallet for my 2013 Shelby GT500. Huge & holds tons of things like registration, insurance, change, cards, & pens.! Highly recommend.
I use this for my travels. Enough space for passport, foreign currencies and all kinds of airline, hotel membership cards. It was a bit tough in the beginning but it is now working beautifully after few trips. Love it.
Use this as a travel wallet and extra wallet. Holds all those other cards, etc that you do not need every day.
Excellent construction and workmanship.
This wallet is heavy duty.
It is large so don't thick you will carry this in a pocket.
I keep in the classic backpack to organize the extras.
Love the tobacco brown color.
PS, have had this 9-10 months.
I have this wallet and it is gorgeous. It goes back and forth between my purse, diaper bag and book bag. I also use it as a clutch purse when I'm making a short run to the store or out to dinner. I do wish I could attach a strap to it somehow to carry over my shoulder or as a wristlet, but I haven't figured that out yet--I just tuck it under my arm. I debated between the wallet and the small purse, and I'm very happy with the wallet. I get compliments on it when I use it as a purse or pull it out of my bag to pay for something. It's sturdy as heck, too.
I got this wallet as a spur-of-the-moment, impulse buy. Let me tell you, it is beyond awesome! So sturdy, fits into all of my purses. And boy have I received a lot of complements!! In one month's time, I have gone from no Saddleback products to the (very) proud owner of 5!!! Keep it up, Saddleback, and I will keep coming back for more!!!
I've been debating whether I actually NEEDED one of these Big Wallets for several months, as I've been using a Wilsons travel wallet for over 10 years. Meanwhile, my Saddleback collection continues to grow, and after seeing this come up on a Dave's Deal I just went ahead and clicked and bought it. I already had Saddleback gear in DCB and Chestnut, and I've been wanting to get something in Tobacco Brown, as I think it looks awesome as it ages. Being a Saddleback fan, I know how they way overbuild everything, but this Big Wallet is just amazing. I think all the layers of leather at their thickest point are over 3/4 of an inch thick! I can't imagine how they can manage to get this sewn together, but they did, and this thing looks like it will last forever. As usual, I had to look real close to find what they perceived as the flaw that made it a Dave's Deal. Before I loaded it up with all my airline, hotel and rental car cards I bent and worked it over to try to remove at least some of the initial stiffness, with some success. To sum up this review: 1) You've never seen a wallet like this. When you first hold it in your hands you'll be amazed. 2) There's no way this will fit in a pocket, unless it's maybe a big overcoat, and even then it would be awkward. 3) It's going to take up significant space in your briefcase, purse, or whatever you plan to use to carry it, so bear that in mind. 4) Go ahead and get one. If you wait and get one in a year or two, it'll just take that much longer to get it broken-in and looking cool.
This wallet was a Valentine's gift from my Saddleback obsessed husband. I have the dark coffee brown, which goes with my Bible cover too... it's a deep rich color, my absolute favorite. It's beautiful, and smells amazing. My wallets get used hard--and this is the first one I've ever had that has a respectable number of pockets for everything I carry, which is thrilling. The workmanship is incredible.
I've joked several times since having it that I'm more terrified to lose the wallet than I am to lose my ID and credit/debit cards inside it. Which is as true as it is ridiculous, but this wallet really is that amazing. That being said, my only complaint about it is that if I'm running a quick errand to the grocery store or whatever most of the time I will just shove my wallet in my jacket pocket and head out the door--with this wallet I cannot do that because it is so large. I wish it came with a small strap option that I could loop through the pen holder in the middle so I could just wear it cross body for quick trips so I don't have to clutch it like a crazy person while selecting apples and bananas, and feel all panicky every time I set it down for a half second.
My husband may regret buying me this incredible wallet, because he doesn't realize it, but totes in black and tan are next on my list... hehehehehe! Thanks Saddleback for an epic wallet.
I adore this wallet!! UPS delivered it last night. Had to wait for my leasing office to open this morning to pick it up. The longest night of my life. I order the big wallet, the small notepad & large tote. All Chestnut. All on the same order. Will last a lifetime!!! Fantastic value for the quality!!!
I ordered this as a matching wallet for my large women's tote purse. When I recieved it I felt it was way too big, however, being a mom, I have found it very useful as a clutch within a purse. There are times when you don't need to haul around all the kids items or a large purse (i.e. date night, etc.) and you may not want to change purses for just a few hours. This is great because it is large enough to carry all your essentials, and is already ready to go. Just pull it our of your bag and go. It makes a very attractive clutch. And, of course, the quality is outstanding.
I have had the same wallet since 2005. It was really falling apart, but I couldn't find a perfect replacement... and after searching for a couple years I discovered Saddleback. This wallet is AMAZING. All of my cards and cash are nice and snug so I don't feel like anything will fall out. Plenty of pockets and spaces to organize everything I need to take with me. Works great to throw in my purse, but then grab when I run into a store. The construction is unbeatable- with the best part being, I won't have to search for another wallet- cause this bad boy is NOT falling apart!!
I bought the tobacco brown big wallet for my sb tote. When I first got it I thought holy smokes, this IS a big wallet! I love it! I have a place for all of my credit cards and grocery store cards, etc., plus the ID window makes whipping out your drivers license to buy wine or whatever a breeze. I like to put my cash behind the cards in the long pocket and my coupons in the long pocket opposite. There's a pocket just above the ID window that fits my mobile phone perfect. I put my receipts for everything in the pocket behind my mobile. I use the pocket in the center (done for pens but I never carry pens) for my lipgloss and it's perfect. There's still another pocket on the outside where I slip a compact. I have a place for everything and am able to just grab my big wallet out of my tote for quick ins and outs which I love! This item is an investment but absolutely worth every penny. Having everything collected keeps my tote nice and tidy too. Beside my big wallet, I carry two little zip up bags, one for cosmetics, the other for medicine and eye drops. Btw the tobacco brown color is gorgeous!
I love this wallet, I have it in Tobacco to match my bags and it's just getting better looking with age (it's over 2 years old).
When I first used it, it felt large and cumbersome and I felt self conscious using it, but after about a week I was hooked and I have used it almost everyday since. It holds all my cards, pen, change, drivers licence, photo's, receipts, coupons, cash and a swiss army card. And there's room for more!
I could also use the outside pocket for holding my phone if I wanted to use it as a clutch. Just a pity that there is no strap to convert it into hands free.
Looking forward to many more years of use.
Just received my medium simple backpack in tobacco! Love, love, love it! I am short , 5' 3" very tiny, but this backpack is not too heavy for me. Customer service is awesome. I needed this bag to reach me fast. Customer service rep contacted shipping and asked them to get it mailed out that day and they did! It arrived quickly and packaged extremely well. Thank you Saddleback Leather!
And big it is! Received a lg classic briefcase (both dcb) at the same time (Father's Day), so you know I was grinning from ear to ear! The wallet IS big, but it's not big for bigs sake, its extremely useful! There's nothing that won't fit, so even when I carry it without the bag I always have one hand free. Especially if I'm just running to the store, or doing my 'honey-do' list: phone, cash, pen, & cards, plus receipts. If your wallet has to go in your back/front pocket, than clearly this isn't the one for you! Alternatively, if you feel you might enjoy the utility of a large capacity wallet...this is the wallet for you! Nothing else comes close!
I love this wallet. I have it for about 3 months and is already developing a nice patina from everyday carry. It keeps everything together, my passport, IC, driving lisence, cards and more importantly coins.
At the restaurant it makes a nice table decoration while waiting for food to be served. People have been complimenting it and it does not look like a purse at all.
Although I would wish SBL to make the old passport wallet with a coin pocket so I don't have to bring along my satchel everyway I go as this big one will not fit my jeans or my shirt pocket. Lol.