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  • Napa Leather

    If you thought that only wine was the best thing to come out of Napa Valley, California, you should take look at the local history books. Napa leather is a specialized leather that originated in Napa, and is now found throughout the world as one of the softest animal hide materials around. Allett brings you the thinnest wallets for the discerning client, but the material used must also be high quality. That is why Allett uses Napa leather in their products.

    California's Origin History

    After California's Gold Rush peaked in the 1840s and 1850s, residents looked for other forms of products to buy and sell. With open land outside of San Francisco and Sacramento, Napa Valley became a beacon for raising sheep and cattle. Although prized for their dairy supply, livestock were also valued for their hides. Thick leather worked well for cowboy chaps, saddles and other key products. Farmers needed leather to protect their workers when working with the herds as well.

    Calnap Tanning Company emerged as a top employer in Napa to work the leather to a useable material. From shoes to gloves, other companies popped up to fill the leather manufacturing void. Napa Glove & Safety, along with other businesses, thrived for years as they manufactured and sold Napa leather.

    Why It Is So Special

    Napa leather does not need to originate in California to be considered high quality. In fact, it is made on almost every continent now. What makes it so special is its texture. Most leathers come from animals that have slight imperfections, such as cuts or punctures along the skin. Leather makers simply dye these hides to disguise the imperfections. However, the dying process makes the leather tough, creating a rough texture seen on inexpensive consumer items.

    Napa leather, in contrast, comes from a virtually blemish-free area on the animal's hide. The hide does not require dying to camouflage blemishes, allowing manufacturers to offer a high quality leather with a soft touch. If the manufacturer decides to dye the leather, the coloring process does not need to involve harsh chemicals.

    This soft leather has a natural, open pore construction that absorbs colorants easily without harming the texture. Napa leather can be found in many colors, but still retains the same grain seen when kept in its natural hide color.

    Keeping It Clean

    Allett wants you to have a perfect product throughout its lifespan, but you must care for the leather to keep it looking new. Wipe the leather with a lint-free cloth to keep fingerprints and dust to a minimum.

    Because it dries quickly, you can dab the leather with water if you have a particularly difficult stain. Allow the wallet to sit out to dry off. Do not place it in direct sunlight, however. You want to preserve the leather's color. Excessive, direct sunlight may lighten the color tone.

    Allett's Wallet Perspective

    Allett sews Napa leather to SoftTech nylon to create the world’s thinnest wallets.  Allett only uses the best Napa leather that is inspected before manufacturing. Any blemishes make the leather difficult to work with, creating a poor product for you. Allett strives to make the best leather products for your everyday use. Allow Allett to lighten your load with a thin wallet made of strong, but attractive, Napa leather. You'll never want to use another leather wallet again.
    Napa Leather Wallet

    Allett Napa Leather Wallet pictured on top of a Napa Leather Hide.

  • The Trickle Down Effect of Making Wallets in the USA

    Made in USA

    These days, it seems as though fewer and fewer of our everyday products are truly made in the USA. Instead, a great number of the products and items we rely on every day are made overseas in countries like Korea and China. Meanwhile, our economy suffers from a loss of jobs as a result of these imports. When it comes to genuinely crafted wallets, why would you buy anything other than one that has been designed and made entirely in the USA? You may not realize it, but your purchase of a USA-made product, such as an Allett wallet, can help to stimulate our own nation's economy significantly and keep American workers employed.

    How Does Allett Make a Difference?

    Allett is an American-based company that is absolutely dedicated to keeping its business within the United States. As a result, we offer strictly American made products. Specifically, we sell some of the best and highest quality wallets around, made of a variety of different types of materials. Some of the most commonly used materials in our wallets include spinnaker nylon, Napa leather, and recycled polyester.

    Therefore, when you buy an Allett wallet, not only can you rest assured that you are going to have a durable and high quality wallet to last you for many years to come, but you can also enjoy the peace of mind that comes along with knowing that you are helping to contribute to the nation's rebounding economy, all while keeping more Americans at work. After all, Allett hires many American workers to help manufacture our wallets.

    You may not feel as though simply making the purchase of a wallet can make that much of a difference when it comes to the nation's overall economy, but the truth is that it can, and it does! This is because of a phenomenon known as "the trickle down effect." Essentially, any time you purchase something that is American made, some of that profit goes to the company,  but a great deal of it goes into the companies that supply that business, such as the local printer or supplier of thread. The money you spend trickles down into the pockets of people in the community working hard to put food on the table.  These are people like you and me, for example, the receptionist at the printing company or the shipping manager at the thread manufacturing plant. Eventually, this works out to be a win-win situation for all involved. So the next time you think that buying American does not make that much of a difference, think again because it certainly does.

    Other Benefits to Shopping at Allett

    Aside from the fact that you will be helping to support the nation's economy rather than giving your hard earned money to another country, there are many other benefits to shopping at Allett. For starters, our company specializes not only in men's wallets, but in women's wallets as well. Therefore, no matter who you may be shopping for, you can be sure to find a quality wallet that suits their style and your price range. All of Allett's wallets are reasonably priced due to the fact that they are made efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner. At the same time, you can enjoy some of the finest materials and durable wallet designs by shopping here.

    Essentially, you get the best of both worlds when you buy a wallet from Allett.

  • RFID Blocking and Protection Against Identity Theft

    RFID Blocking

    Technology is growing fast and though we enjoy the conveniences these advancements bring, we rarely understand some of the consequences associated with them.  Take for example the fact that some of the credit cards, bank cards, and ID cards that you carry everyday have, embedded into them, a small computer chip with a radio antenna which is constantly transmitting your account and personal information out to the world.  This transmission is happening whether the card is in use or just sitting in your wallet.  You may not have known about this but there are identity thieves that know this all too well.

    The information can be skimmed without you ever taking the card from your pocket.  With some basic electronic skimming equipment, about $100 online, and a laptop, these criminals can swipe and store this transmitted information and use the stolen information to create counterfeit cards, charging large sums of money to your name.  Many banks have built in security codes, which changes with every transaction, so even if a crook were to steal your information they would only be able to charge one transaction before the card would be useless.  But for many people one transaction can wipeout their entire savings.  In this case, the built-in protection by the banks may be too little too late.  Identity theft is also on the rise.  Many states and businesses have been issuing new age updated driver's licenses and identification cards which can be swiped as well.  This can be a frustrating, extensive, time consuming and possibly a financially damaging type of theft.  Personal information can be used to open new credit cards, apply for loans, or steal your identity or for many other nefarious reasons.  Keeping your personal information safe is very important.

    There are some things you can do to help secure your cards.  Wallets are now being made with RFID, or radio frequency identification chip, blocking.  These types of wallets are made with a built-in cage or shield.  These cages are woven into the walls of the wallets and help trap the radio transmissions inside the wallet.  This tech makes it incredibly difficult for anyone to swipe your information from you.  Not all wallets are built with the same techniques or standards but they are definitely an added element of protection.

  • Spinnaker Material Wallets

    People never leave without their wallets.  The wallet is the protector and organizer of some of our most important daily items; driver's licenses, work IDs, ATM cards, credit cards, receipts, change, and, from time to time, paper money.  The wallet is an important and essential tool but, it is not without its liabilities.  We have a propensity to horde things we don't actually need and carry these things with us to places they don't need to go.  Our wallets can quickly become inundated with ATM records, daily receipts, small bits of information scribbled down, or business cards.  As the day goes on, our wallets grow.

    A large thick wallet sits heavy in the pocket and daily discomfort can be really aggravating.  For some, collecting daily transactions may be unavoidable but, even if you can cut the junk, a thin wallet is a great place to start.  Not all wallets are created equal.  Wallets span a wide array of sizes and pocket footprints.  Finding the right wallet may start with the material.

    Material can play a big role in determining the size of your wallet.  Cases and money clips have low profile but are typically made from metals which can be hard in pocket, dig-in to your legs when sitting, or scratch your cell phone face.  Leather is a classic but many leather wallets are thick, stiff, and heavy, doing little to lessen their impact.

    Behold, spinnaker cloth.  New ultra thin wallets are being created with spinnaker cloth, and this may be exactly what you need for a thin, strong, lightweight wallet, with a very small pocket footprint.


    Spinnaker cloth refers to Nylon material used for the spinnaker sails on sailboats.  This Nylon material is very strong, very thin, lightweight, and has a light sheen.  Spinnaker cloth has a high elongation rating, which means it will give a bit.  This flexibility can be great when the extra stuff starts to accumulate.  The material will give when it needs to but return to its original shape, free of wrinkles and creases, once the extra baggage is removed.  Spinnaker material makes the wallet extremely resistant to abrasion damage.

    This type of nylon is very durable and can take lots of use without showing wear.  Because this material was originally designed for sailboats, it is water resistant and washable.  This resilience makes the continued care very easy.  Spinnaker material has a high heat-setting which makes it resistant to melting, sun damage, and weathering, and has an inherently high colorfastness, or, less color fading.  The best part is you don't have to trade the feel for strength. This is an especially important point when considering that we at All-Ett have been making Spinnaker cloth wallets for 18 years now.  Our type of Spinnaker, dubbed SoftTech Nylon, is an extremely light, rip-stop material that can make it through anything.  Our SoftTech Nylon is stitched with a cross pattern that allows it to be resistant to tears and highly durable.

    Spinnaker cloth, such as our SoftTech Nylon, is flexible and soft to the touch, making it enjoyable to carry around and handle.   Nylon is man made so if you don't like skinning cows for leather this can be a great animal-friendly alternative!

  • Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Wallet Organised


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