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X1 Slimmy 2: Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries.

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Koyono understands the need for a slim leather wallet that easily adapts for both U.S. and global currencies, without compromising functionality. However, when people think of wallets for international bank notes and travel, bigger being better naturally comes to mind. We disagree… The X1 Slimmy 2 (X1 S2) breaks world travel wallet ‘rules' by eliminating all excess layers of leather. In doing so, we made it the slimmest leather wallet on the planet (seriously, we can’t find one that is slimmer). Don’t burden yourself no matter where you are on this globe. Minimalism applies most when you are on the move. Keep it slim and in your front pocket at all times.     Honest and transparent design defines the...

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Slimmy Redux: The Mini Cooper of Wallets

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The MINI Cooper is an iconic car.   The best selling British-made vehicle in modern history was purchased by BMW in 2000. Since then BMW has remained true to its original mission of providing a tough little car with panache and style.  As purveyors of minimalist product, we have an especial affinity for the MINI and they’re approach to peddling vehicles. The MINI is called the MINI because quite simply, it’s small. Isn’t that obvious? That’s the only type of car they manufacture, small ones. And that’s the appeal. It’s simple. But it’s not for everyone. They produce variations of the same small model to appeal to a greater variety of small car lovers. At Koyono, we call our leather...

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Slimmy X2 S2: Perspective

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“...get in somebody else’s head for a change. If I bawl you out try to figure what I’m thinking about as well as how you feel about it. If Carlos curses Juan think what both their sides of it are. Don’t just think who is right. As a man things are as they should or shouldn’t be. As a man you know who is right and who is wrong. You have to make decisions and enforce them. As a human being you should not judge. You should understand.” —E. Hemingway We all want one thing: to be happy. We all have our own way of achieving it, and we all want respect for our perspective, rightfully. At Koyono, we have...

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Pause for Pax Cultura

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“Where there is culture, there is peace. Where there is peace, there is culture.” - N. Roerich (1874-1947) There is no greater value to humanity and it’s peaceful advancement than its culture. It’s the basis for all knowledge, science, and philosophy. It’s the root for our technological push into a bright destiny. It is the foundational principle of our beautiful planet’s ecological preservation.  via Nicholas Roerich Museum This recognition, that human culture of the past is humanity's greatest gift to it now (and for its future), sparked Nicholas Roerich who held the pursuit of beauty and refinement sacred. A Russian world traveler, artist, and visionary, Roerich’s contribution towards the cause of global cultural preservation and world peace is unprecedented, and...

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Slimmy Original: Invisible Sophisticated Allure

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Did you ever notice that the best waiters are those that you barely remember, except for the  lingering sense of excellent service. This invisibility of excellence is what permeates our conscious, and though we can’t put our finger on it, we have this resonance of deep feeling that all is right with the world when we experience it. This is exactly what Slimmy Original brings to the table. Seamlessly conducting transactions with an invisible sleekness, you get a sense of satisfaction that your wallet didn’t get in the way of anything. It did it’s job perfectly, by practically not being there. Slimmy Original is the flagship slim leather wallet of Koyono that started our slim wallet design obsession. By reducing layers of leather in...

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New Fall Hues and Cues

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Orange pumpkins, fall harvests of reds and yellows flowing from a brown cornucopia, envelope us with feelings of nature’s goodness and bounty. This is what gets us through the winter.  Halloween falls on ancient human culture’s seasonal midpoint between fall and winter, and is traditionally celebrated to mock winter’s imminent harshness with costumes and revelry. We snub our noses at the blankets of crystal white snow and endless cloudy gray days where nothing can be grown. We mock winter and laugh in it's face on Halloween. It’s our way of telling the cosmos we will survive, literally.  This is why it’s a special day. We face our mortality with a cosmic trick or treat. Our trick is to capitalize on...

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Zombies are Everywhere Videos

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      Here is a series of videos we created for Halloween. In all seriousness, there are a lot of Zombies our there who carry big fat wallets (aka butt bricks). If you have a Zombie friend who carries a butt brick, send them to this post and cue them to Slimmy their wallet.

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Slimmy X1 S1: The Ultimate Slim (4mm) Leather Wallet

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Our society now carries its currency mostly in a plastic card form. We approached the new design of the X1 Slimmy 1 (S1) with this in mind. 1 pocket, 2 slots, absolutely no excess layers, the ultimate in slim leather wallet design. This wallet has a special place in our minimalist loving heart. Unlike the C and XC Slimmy wallets, which we are are phasing out, the X1 S1 is slightly taller making room for side slots that fit credit cards. The C and XC versions are too short for adequately sized slots. X1 S1 is a compact size for carrying cards and limited paper currency folded in thirds. After all, we still engage in smaller paper transactions especially at coffee shops, clubs, and local restaurants. This ultimate slim...

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A Slim Leather Wallet Should Be All-Pro, No Con.

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There are many good slim wallets on the market and people have a right to decide which is best for their use. This is especially true when it when it comes to deciding design material.  That said, not all slim wallets are created equal. This is especially true when it comes to leather.  Other leather slim wallet manufacturers might manufacture a quality leather wallet, though the truth is that they are not actually slim, no matter how much they preach the slim wallet gospel.  What we find particularly interesting is that almost all of them do not list thin measurements for their wallets. How can anyone know what slim is if there is no way to measure it? If a wallet...

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Man Up and Bolstr!

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Man purse. Nothing worse than a man purse, except for maybe those atrocious 50 pocket coats.   Purses are awesome accessories, however, they belong in a woman’s realm. Women have the ability to carry them with aplomb and style. Men simply can’t pull it off with the same grace. The idea of the purse must be vacated by men. Men are built for bags and/or holsters, and now Bolstrs. Holsters carry guns and canteens. Definitely masculine.   Though usually lacking fashion, a bag’s functionality cannot be argued. They can carry anything, and men like that. At Koyono we recognized the need to combine a holster and bag, and make it look good. It was a difficult dilemma. Bolstr had to...

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