Although minimalist wallets and money clips are currently the popular style, I prefer a small zippered wallet and have been carrying one for the past 8 years. Being able to secure the contents by zipping them up just makes me feel better. The latest zippered wallet that I’ve been trying is an Il Bussetto Cognac Leather Zip Wallet from UK based Opumo.
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Il Bussetto is an Italian based leather company that uses traditional tuscan techniques to create very classic styled wallets and other holders. The Zip Wallet is made of hand painted vegetable tanned “Cuoio” leather and is available in several colors. The one you see here is the Cognac version, which has a very rich chestnut color. The leather itself has a very fine grain with a smooth satin finish. It has a unisex design that men and women will both appreciate.
Most zippered wallets are designed to hold all the items INSIDE the wallet. The Il Bussetto does things a little differently by adding two credit card slots to the outside.
The wallet is very compact, with a footprint of 4.2 x 3.5 in (10.5 x 9 cm).
Unzipping the metal toothed zipper reveals a cream colored pigskin lined interior. I was hoping to see some more card slots and some type of organizer or divider, but it’s simply an open empty area.
The outside card slots can hold a few cards each or just your 2 most used cards. The fit is snug enough that the cards won’t fall out when you hold the wallet upside down or shake it. It’s hard to say how well the slots will hold up after prolonged use though.
While using this wallet, I have not hadany issues with the metal zipper. It opens smoothly by pulling the leather covered pull tab.
Currency will need to be folded before adding it to the wallet. The only thing I noticed with the metal zipper is that I didn’t like the way it felt to rake the sides of my fingers against it when I would insert them to retrieve some money. The zipper won’t cut you or anything like that, but the edges are a little sharp and scratchy feeling. I’m being extremely nitpicky…
I really like the look and feel of the Il Bussetto Cognac Leather Zip Wallet, but am finding that it’s a little too small for me to use. It is smaller than my current favorite (WaterField Design Finn wallet) wallet, which also has some inside pockets which I prefer.
Having said that, this wallet is extremely well made. I could find no defects in the material or workmanship. The price from Opumo isn’t too bad considering that this is a quality leather wallet made in Italy. I was surprised that shipping is also affordable. For $12.75, they will ship FedEx Express to the US. The Il Bussetto Cognac Leather Zip Wallet makes a wonderful gift for anyone who appreciates well made leather items.