Remember that period in Hollywood in the late noughties when it seemed as if producers were just pairing random nouns together in order to create their film titles? Snakes On A Plane! Cowboys & Aliens! Then came the endless sequels and crossover franchises (the long-awaited Men In Black meets 21 Jump Street is yet to see the light of day). And although the crossover sequel-palooza of Cowboys On A Plane! is yet to materialise, when they finally pull the trigger on it I’ve got a sponsorship idea that will blow the wings off: enter, Saddleback Leather Passport Wallet.
Coincidentally or not, the late noughties were when The Saddleback Leather Co. began making top-quality leather products and although at this point they might not need Harrison Ford’s endorsement to continue building their brand, this premium wallet wouldn’t look out of place in an A-lister’s hand luggage.
The full-grain leather lends the wallet a beautiful texture and it’s surprisingly light considering its width and length, which is built to be able to comfortably accommodate two passports (or up to four, uncomfortably). Saddleback are so confident in its durability – pigskin lining reinforces the softer cow leather – that they’ve offered a 100-year warranty, so Harrison Ford can sleep easy knowing he can reuse it for 2121’s release of Snakes In Black Fighting Cowboy Aliens On A Plane 2! Seriously, that guy hit 60 and just stopped ageing. Plot for his next movie?
There are two pockets, meaning that you can keep all of your travel documents and cards in one place. An RFID blocker is sewn between the folds, making it much harder for any villains to scan your passport. There are a couple of different slots for cards but the design is expansive enough that even when fully stuffed, the wallet still lies flat when set on a table (rather than spilling your boarding passes all over the lounge – not a superstar look).
You can choose from four colours: Black, Chestnut, Dark Coffee Brown or Tobacco (no prizes for guessing which chewin’, spittin’, six-shootin’ colour I went for) and you can put your own personal stamp on it in the form of an All Caps monogram for an extra $15.
As I travel regularly, having a reliable passport wallet to secure my documents is extremely important. And as I’m also prone to bouts of vanity, having a cool-looking wallet that makes me feel a little bit like Han Solo in an aviation-themed western is an absolute necessity. Two birds, one wallet.*
* Which is also the working title of my Saddleback-endorsed Ford movie.
The Saddleback Leather Passport Wallet costs $99, weighs 0.30 LBS and is 5.25 inches wide, 4.50 inches high and 0.25 inches deep.
David Harfield is the director of PepperStorm Media and writes about his three passions: food, booze and travel.
Photographs courtesy of Saddleback Leather Co