Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, that ambitious urban entrepreneur who seems made of flesh rather than marble ...
~ Walter Isaacson (Benjamin Franklin, An American Life)
Franklin was a successful inventor, writer, publisher, diplomat, drafter/signer of our Declaration of Independence, abolitionist, entrepreneur, and networker. Another true Renaissance man and Mission Man.
Our Benjamin Collection is an intentional nod (and wink!) to good ole Ben, who would have felt right at home grabbing his namesake collection as his EDC (everyday carry for your Benjamins). In fact, social critic David Brook called Franklin our founding Yuppie. Intentionality was our emphasis, from the hand-selected, marbled, twice-tanned leather (both chrome and vegetable tanning) to the rich yet simplistic lines visible in each Benjamin leather good. We can imagine Mr. Franklin proudly carrying his collection on the streets of Philadelphia, Paris, or anywhere in the world his business or exploits might take him.
Where will your adventures take you with the Benjamin by your side?
The calling or visiting card was once an essential instrument of social etiquette among the higher classes. From the 17th to the 19th century, a gentleman or lady simply wasn't received during the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras unless they first conveyed their card, typically via servant to servant. The business card, introduced first as a trade card in 17th century London, supplanted its printed forbearer in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, remaining a ubiquitous cultural staple even this far into the Digital Revolution. Whatever cards you might collect or dispense now, tomorrow, and well into the future, our lined chrome/veg retan leather card case will carry them with ageless distinction. Or this simple, handsome piece works well as a compact front pocket wallet, boasting a vintage detail cribbed from a 1920s model: a nifty token pocket for tiny treasures.
- Bi-fold design
- 4 pocket areas for cards
- 1 small pocket for coins or tokens
- Full grain US steerhide chrome/veg twice-tanned marbled leather
- Strong UV and weather-resistant marine-grade polyester thread
- Gray cotton lining
- Mission Mercantile Lifetime Promise
- Dimensions: 3" L x 4" H
- Weight: 1.7 oz.