In desperate need of a new wallet, I paid a visit to the Freitag store a couple of weeks ago on Bowery. If you don’t know it, Freitag is a fantastic Swiss company that has been making bags and “successories” from upcycled truck tarpaulins, seat belts, airbags and bicycle inner tubes since 1993. It was founded by the brothers Freitag, both graphic designers, out of the need for a messenger bag to keep their drawings safe and dry whilst traveling by bicycle throughout Zurich. Each piece is handcrafted in Switzerland and completely unique. I did find the wallet of my dreams, the Samantha — intelligently designed, responsibly made, and the most incredible shade of blue.
Freitag, corner of Prince Street and Bowery, NYC, www.freitag.ch