Before we learn how wallets are made, we should ask why they were made?
As humans evolved beyond our hunting and gathering nomad roots we understood the importance of trade and sharing the wealth of our personal harvest.
Some time around the 1600s paper currency was established to replace coins. We understood the need to carry currency at a higher dollar value, that did not have the weight of copper, silver and gold. Paper currency were introduced and shortly after some of the first wallets were created.
It is amazing that wallets are assembled, traded and used in similar ways nearly four centuries later. Prior to wallets, we used coin satchels or purses with a leather shoulder strap for carrying our personal items - just as we still do today!
Although we use similar materials to build wallets as we did all those years ago, such as leather, our manufacturing process has been fine tuned for sustainability, efficiency and longevity.
Modern day manufacturing machines can cut, process and produce wallets faster than ever before. At Trayvax, we use our Computer Numerical Control machine to cut out metal inserts to give our wallets foundation. We then combine the customized metal plates with our leather to create a wallet for your minimalist lifestyle.
After the metal plates have been shaped to desired specifications they are stocked to be assembled by one of our Trayvax employees. You may notice on our packaging the “Made by: John” identifier, this is for you as the consumer as much as it is for our employees.
Our desire is to provide insight on everyone who has had a hand in manufacturing the wallet you carry with you everyday. Also for our employees to take pride in the products they literally built with their hands.
To take a deeper insight and tour around our Bellingham facility check out this video of Mark explaining how we create products.
Since working for Trayvax, I have taken pride in gifting them as presents to family and friends. One thing I have noticed is the curiosity on the metal plate that holds the wallets together and the hesitation as to why it would be desired. The metal plates in our wallets provides foundation for decades to come. This is how we can guarantee your wallets will last 65 years.
We want to make products that last a lifetime, for you to earn your story then be able to pass that product down to the next generation. For them to earn their own story.
Brian Zig - Trayvax Content Creator
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