The History of the Wallet

Wallets have been with us for over 400 years, ever since the invention of paper money in the late 1600’s in Massachusetts in 1690! Prior to this, coins were carried around in small draw string bags made from cow or horse leather.Of course they’ve seen a good few changes over the years, The card holding wallets that we make today were designed in the 1950’s after the fist credit card was invented. Wallets stayed the same throughout most of the 20th century.rex handmade leather wallet bas and lokes

The ‘Bi Fold’ wallet that we see today was invented in 1996, this radical design reduced the bulkiness of traditional wallets by over 50%!
We’ve been making wallets for years now. We make ours by hand so they’re extra special, bespoke and unique!

How many wallets do you think you’ve gone through over the years? Unlike factory manufactured wallets, we make ours with thick leather, build to last, build to carry memories, just like the pictures people store inside them.

Brent tan

At Bas and Lokes, we share our customers passion for quality, beautiful leather accessories!

We wouldn’t settle for anything less.

Keep checking our blog as we’ve got some exciting new wallets to add to our latest collection next. We’re making them right now!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Bas and Lokes


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