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Slim Wallet Manifesto

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Universal Laws, Wisdom and Wallets

Why carry a fat wallet when you don't have to? Maybe it was designed to hold more than you need; perhaps it invites unnecessary stuffing.

Parkinson’s Universal Law: "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

Your wallet is a lot like Parkinson's Law, give it an inch, and it will take a mile. All those unnecessary compartments and layers in your wallet are just aching to be filled up with plastic and paper you don't need to carry. Before you know it, the clutter is so great you can't imagine the hassle of cleaning it out.

What does this say about your life? Does your wallet reflect the unnecessary, wasteful or potentially destructive things you're filling it up with? Do you have hundreds of cable channels? Dozens of magazine subscriptions? An outdated dining room set only to fill a dining room that you never use? Perhaps this excess is not an expression of who you are.

And how about time? Are you wasting time that is not productive for work, good for personal growth or required for rejuvenation? As the Roman philosopher Seneca profoundly noted:

"It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it."

Did you know that we work less than we did in 1965? We have more leisure time today. You're thinking: "No way!"…but it's true. The real issue is what we fill that time with. How much more time do you spend messaging and perusing on Facebook than you did five years ago? How often do you get lost in a Google search that takes 20 places you'd not intended to explore? How many days a year does all this activity add up to? You may be surprised. With more of our work being done "on a screen," it is easy to get distracted and squander what otherwise would be precious free time. If we are not careful, life—like a traditional wallet—fills up with stuff that is not all that rewarding or pleasurable.

The wallet you carry can mirror your life; both will get very cluttered if you're not mindful and choose wisely. By intentionally selecting a svelte, efficient wallet, you're setting the stage for a lifestyle shift where you discard what's in your way and reclaim your free time for leisure or growth.

Imagine the luxury of a flat wallet that fits easily in a front pocket. No more sitting on a "brick" that kills your back. No more inviting pickpockets to ruin your day or your vacation. And make the frustration of being unable to find your buried stuff in a messy billfold or trifold a thing of the past.

Choose A Reliable Design

Don't believe the hype if you come across a wallet without a thickness dimension that claims to be super thin. Any wallet maker that does not provide a thickness dimension is hiding something. Beware of wallets with more room than you need because you'll set yourself up to cram it full unconsciously. Start slim and compact, and end small and compact.

Less is more. Slim wallets are supposed to be simple in form and function. Wallets with money clips and bands add complexity (bulk, extra steps, etc.) and are not necessary. A wallet is not a Slinky and does not need to descend stairs. And if you do not have your cash in a money clip, do you want something rigid taking up precious pocket real estate? As for elastic, it is nice as a compliment to a wallet like underwear; it adds function and an element of fashion. But remember, a 100% flexible wallet is not quality by any measure; the packaging probably costs more than the wallet itself.

Make your life simple by starting with your wallet - carry a quality slim wallet that can easily fit in your front pocket.

Slim Design Integrity or Bust

We make quality slim wallets that fit your front pocket and provide fast access to your stuff. That's it. Slimmy is not for everyone… But if you are fastidious about keeping pocket bulk to a minimum or are eager to change your fat wallet ways, then we know you will love the essence of Slimmy.

Making a perfect slim wallet requires a careful balance of form, fit, function and fashion. We could make a snazzy billfold, slap our name on it, and create a magic show that pretends ours can carry as many cards as your old fatty, but never grow in proportion to what is shoved into it. But we know that billfolds and tri-folds have layer upon layer of leather AND fold! There is no such thing as a slim billfold or trifold if they start thick and offer too much room (it will fill up!)

Sans marketing gimmicks and magic tricks, we insist that our form, fit, function and fashion criteria focus only on one kind of leather wallet: slim. Here is how it breaks down:

  • FORM: Slim (thin, compact, flat, minimal).
  • FIT: In your front pocket. Limited excess capacity; cannot be overstuffed.
  • FUNCTION: Easy access and organization.

All Slimmy wallets feature a core open pocket design and varying degrees of organization and slimness. There are no folds or extra room (leading causes of undesired bulk). We only make quality. It's just that simple.

Master Your Domain: Wallet-to-Life

Can a wallet be a gateway to living a more uncluttered (and productive) life? It certainly can be a beacon of minimalism, reminding you to uncomplicate continually. If you are religious about consistently maintaining a slim wallet, this spills over into other areas of your life. Seriously, we do not know anyone who privately maintains a svelte Slimmy and hoards. It's not possible! So if you are messy in the real world, you probably carry a fat or messy wallet. If you want a more uncluttered life, then a Slimmy wallet is a perfect place to start.

As you enjoy a less cluttered life, Slimmy reminds you daily:

  • To question the need for anything you purchase (the less you buy, the less cluttered life will be).
  • How often do you still buy things you don't need (you'll have to throw away stuff to make space for what you want).
  • Where you are spending time (or wasting it on things that do not matter).

Can a slim wallet change people's lives? We believe so. One pocket at a time. Make having a slim wallet a privilege. Carry it like a badge of honor, a trophy symbolizing mastery of simplicity. Take it out with pride and let others revel in your front-pocket nirvana.

Slim Wallet Wisdom

  • Any wallet that cannot comfortably fit in your front pocket is not slim.
  • Without a wallet requiring you to carry only what you need, you will have a fat wallet.
  • Beware folded layers of leather; they add bulk.
  • You know quality when you see it and when you don't. Choose your slim wallet wisely.
  • Avoid any wallet maker that does not list a thickness dimension for their wallet.
  • Sidestep gimmicks and marketing tricks that defy physics.
  • Carrying a wallet in your back pocket can cause back problems over time.
  • Digitize as much as possible with smartphone apps.
  • Unclutter your wallet every morning. It is that simple.
  • The bigger the wallet, the more likely you will want to take it out of your pocket and lose it.
  • If you need a bluetooth transmitter to find your wallet, it's too fat to fit in your front pocket.
  • Don't believe the hype.

Thank You.

Yes, we take our slim wallets pretty seriously and have since 2003. We offer a variety of other products, but the design or selection of all of them is inspired or influenced by the purity of the Slimmy brand in one way or another. Thanks for taking the time to read our manifesto. Unclutter and untether yourself.