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Master of Ma: Frank Lloyd Wright

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We had the opportunity to shoot at the Louis Penfield House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Willoughby, OH. The house is a destination for Wright enthusiasts from around the world and is somewhat famous for being half complete. While the main house is finished, adjacent to it was to be built a guest home that would be the last Wright designed before his death in 1959. The second home has yet to be built but the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic approach to architecture permeates the existing structure and the land upon which it occupies. Wright ingeniously used natural light and open living spaces allowing one to see and feel nature in its fullness, rather than sitting in...

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Nuances

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There are several nuanced variations of the Slimmy wallet. The Original Slimmy debuted in 2003. As the original slim leather wallet designed and sold to be front pocket worthy, we knew it would be successful. Several reasons inspired the ‘front pocket worthy’ design including comfort, ease of access, and slimness. In the initial months of its release our ‘less is more' message resonated, and many readily pared down their wallet carry; they were coming to the truth about bifolds and tri-folds, that they are not designed for front pockets.  We were taken aback by the level of interest and enthusiasm and knew were on to something... Bifolds and trifolds are unable to be carried in front pockets as they have...

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A Key Tool

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One of the main barriers to minimizing wallet carry is getting people to ditch loyalty cards. People hang onto these cards because it provides 5% savings on pharmaceuticals at the local drugstore, or a nickel of gasoline for every $10 spent. While it’s true that these savings and benefits add up over time, the effort to carry them all sometimes doesn’t seem worth it. However, with the proper tool, it’s a problem easily solved. Key Ring is a fantastic tool that allows removal of all loyalty cards from your wallet, yet take full advantage of all savings and rewards they bestow. And it’s free! It’s function is simple and effective. There are three simple steps to implement this smartphone app:...

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Walk the Walk - Measuring the Competition

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Are all slim wallets really slim? The short answer is no. In fact, well over half the wallets that are marketed as ‘slim’ are anything but. Let us clarify the definition of a ‘slim leather wallet’, which forms the fundamental basis of our design process. Definition #1: We are talking about leather wallets. There are a lot of super thin Tyvek and elastic wallets. Indeed they are slim, and in the case of Tyvek even durable. The fact is, however, they ain’t classy. Tyvek is for mail packages and construction material, while elastic does make absolute sense for your underwear. Definition #2: Folding leather wallets cannot be considered slim as stacked leather adds bulk. What is most unusual about folded...

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We’d like to make a confession: We love the holidays

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Even though we’re minimalists, and eschew rampant consumerism as a core problem facing modern humanity, the fact is we love the holidays. We love what it truly represents. The deep and mystical human meaning of the season revolves around the compelling story of a birth of a sun god. This myth has been borrowed and recycled throughout human history with the current dominant narrative being Christianity’s rendering of it. However, every human culture, current and ancient, voices their own unique version of the story. All accounts of the tale are valid for the message is basically same. It makes sense to celebrate the birth of a sun god on the first day of winter, the shortest day of the northern hemisphere. When else could 'the...

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Slim Wallet Advantage: Open Access Design

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Slimmy’s 'open access design' simultaneously allows for slimness and ease of access. It’s so intuitive and self evident; this is the way a slim front pocket wallet should be.  We can’t emphasize enough that, in the slim wallet category, we truly are the slimmest of slim leather wallets. However, the unique proposition we bring to the slim leather wallet world is the open access design of the Slimmy. Ease of access is fluid. There is no folding or unfolding necessary. And with the visual that comes along with our patented design, you get an often overlooked benefit (irritation), which we will discuss shortly.  Let’s start with the the open pocket design. We think it's genius and a key reason why...

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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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