Some leather wallets may be softer and more luxurious, but Saddleback Leather Co. claims none is tougher. The company’s slogan—“They’ll fight over it when you’re dead”—is pure frontier swagger, advertising a confidence in the rugged durability of full-grain leather and pigskin from American-raised animals. The hides are tanned in Mexico, then stitched together in Texas with nautical-quality thread.
But can Saddleback’s wares survive absent-mindedness? We put a bifold wallet in dark coffee brown (US$50, available only at saddlebackleather.com) through a spin in the washing machine. Many a softer article would have shrivelled but after drying overnight, the Saddleback was virtually unharmed by the ordeal. Perhaps our descendants will have something to fight over one day.