World of Avallone - Men's Fashion & Lifestyle
4 Easy Ways to Organize Your Wallet April 15 2016
Here’s a familiar scenario: You finally bite the bullet and treat yourself to new handmade leather wallet you’ve been keeping tabs on. For a solid week or two, you keep your new leather wallet pristine andonly to slowly start to pack it with extraneous minutiae: Extra cards, loose change, paper scraps, ticket stubs, receipts, and other junk.
Not only can this completely stretch out the supple leather and suede, but it also can—as crazy as it sounds—create high levels unnecessary stress for you on a daily basis.
Overstuffed bags and wallets hinder you from finding what you need quickly, such as Metrocards (which can cause missed-trains), key cards to get into your office (resulting in being late), or that $5 bill to buy that coffee (which holds up lines, inherently creating stress.)
The good news: Organizing your wallet is way easier than you think. Read on for a 4-step guide to cutting unnecessary clutter right now.
1. Always utilize the bill holder.
Folding cash sticking it in card slots, or any other pocket creates a mess—there’s a reason why the bill pocket exists. Always make sure your bills are neatly inserted for easy access and exchange.
2. Do a card check.
Take out every card you’re carrying and lay them out on a table, and start to decide if you really need to be carrying every single card every single day. A good breakdown of what’s needed:
Imperative to have daily: Your driver’s license or some form of valid identification (use the plastic ID section if your wallet has one), your health insurance card, your debit/ATM card, the one credit card you use the most, and any card needed to get into your place of work. Organize the cards in pockets according to those you grab most often.
Not needed daily: Secondary or “emergency” credit cards, rewards/discount cards/gift cards (only carry these when you know you’re heading to the retailer), membership cards, library cards, business card you’ve been given, dental and vision insurance cards. Keep these things all together in a pouch at home, so you always know where they are.
3. Go through paper scraps
The biggest offender when it comes to messy, unorganized wallets are paper scraps, namely receipts. Of course, it’s inevitable that we’re going to stick receipts on our wallets, but it’s key that you go through and get rid of ones you don’t need weekly.
A good rule of thumb: Throw away receipts for inexpensive items that are already gone at the time of your wallet purge, such as lunch from yesterday, coffee, a pack of gum, or other everyday things. To avoid clutter from these types of scraps completely, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell the cashier that you don’t need a receipt for these items to begin with.
If you’re fastidious about budgeting, hang onto receipts for larger items such as big restaurant meals or bar tabs, fashion purchases, warranties, and household-related things, but keep them in a separate envelope that can easily be referenced. If you need to return an item, only then should you place the receipt into your leather wallet.
As for other paper scraps—jotted-down addresses, coupons, reminders, phone numbers, etc—throw away anything you won’t need again, as they’ll take up just as much pointless space in a drawer at home as they will in your wallet.
4. Think digitally.
In our digital world, it’s a given that apps exist strictly with the goal of keeping your leather wallet spic and span. Here are a few to try:
CardStar: A popular free app that allows you to cut wallet and keychain clutter by consolidating all your loyalty and rewards cards.
Google Wallet: Google’s aptly-named app allows you to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, as well as store your credit and debit cards, loyalty programs, offers, and more.
Now that you have a better idea on how to organize your leather wallet to keep it looking good and working well, don't hesitate to spend that extra money on a premium handmade leather wallet. At Avallone, we have a full selection of men's leather wallets that all come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty!
Avallone Leather Review by The Urban Gentry! March 04 2016
We just received a stellar review on our leather goods from TGV founder of The Urban Gentry (http://www.theurbangentry.nyc/home.html). For those of you who do not know, The Urban Gentry is a lifestyle, horology, and a culture Youtube channel inspired by the loves and passions of its host TGV. Known affectionately by his closest fans as "The Governor", TGV was born in London, the son of a British aristocrat and an Italian doctor. He was raised in both countries and has traveled extensively to many exciting international cities. While studying in Florence, Italy, he fell in love with a New Yorker, and subsequently moved to New York City where he currently resides and works in music, film production and audio engineering.
TGV was so impressed with you our quality and style, that he wanted to share our products with his viewers!
Check it out below (FYI - Our segment starts at the 3 min. mark):
New Canvas & Leather RFID Wallets in Stock! January 22 2016
We have been promising a new collection of men's handmade leather wallets, and we finally have the items in stock! The Avallone Canvas & Leather Collection was created for the working professional who love's leather, but who also wants a lower price point with color combinations not common in most everyday leather goods. Our Canvas & Leather Collection features two color combinations: Navy Blue & Brown, and Grey & Dark Grey/Black. Both color combinations offer a timeless yet unique appearance with a subtle air of sophistication. Additionally, every wallet in the Canvas & Leather Collection has a special lining with RFID protection in it. This ensures your private information stays private, away from the hands of identity thieves.
Take a look a look below for a quick preview of the men's handmade wallets in the Canvas & Leather Collection:
The mens handmade canvas and leather wallets shown above are just a small preview of the wallets available in our new collection!
New Men’s Handmade Leather Goods Line Coming! January 07 2016
We are now anouncing the release of a newly crafted men’s handmade leather goods line titled the “Canvas & Leather Collection”. The new Canvas & Leather Collection is made from distressed crazy horse leather and canvas with 2 color combinations that will be available, contains a warranty to protect the buyer from any defects, and will be suitable for any working professional or world traveler.
This new men’s handmade leather goods collection will consist of different styles of men’s wallets and bags, which are to be made in color combinations of Navy Blue Canvas with Brown Leather, and Light Grey Canvas with Dark Grey Leather. All of the men’s wallets and bags in the Canvas and Leather Collection will be handmade and equipped with a traditional Avallone Warranty to ensure a high quality product. Additionally, all of the mens wallets will have RFID protection. These new men’s handmade leather goods also feature simple designs and unique color options, not replicated by any other brands in the market, and are the perfect definition of style and class. The Canvas & Leather Collection is set to launch around late January or early February of 2016.
Check out some of the photos below for a quick preview of our new men's handmade leather goods collection:
men's Canvas & Leather Backpack in Navy Blue
men's Canvas & Leather Duffle in Grey
men's Canvas & Leather Small Weekender in Navy Blue
men's Canvas & Leather Briefcase in Grey
Avallone also makes more men's handmade leather goods in all leather. Just click here to proceed to our full product selection.
3 Reasons Why Leather Bags Make the Best Gifts December 11 2015
With Christmas right around the corner, you might still be wondering what to get as gifts for some of the more special people in your life. Well you can look no further as all of us here at Avallone agree that the best gift you can get anyone for Christmas is a new handmade leather bag. Are we biased? Maybe a little, after all, we do make very nice men’s handmade leather bags, with a lifetime warranty I might add, but that’s not why we think they are the best gifts to give.
Here are 3 Non-Biased reasons why:
A Quality Leather Bag Will Last Them Years if not a Lifetime
If you’re buying a quality handmade leather bag, a bag that is made with quality construction and premium leather, it will last a very, very long time. It won’t just last for weeks or months, but years, maybe even the rest of their life if they take very good care of it.
They Will Remember You Every Time They Use It
Every time that person uses the handmade leather bag you gave them, they will remember that you gave it to them, and how happy you made them feel. This is especially true for a high quality, handmade leather bag. So, if you want that person to remember you for years, if not a lifetime, start shopping for their new Christmas present: A Handmade Leather Bag.
People Love to Receive Unique, High Quality Items
When is the last time you received a unique, high quality leather bag as a present? Personally, I have never received one, even before I started Avallone. I am willing to bet very few of you have received one as a gift. Most people receive clothing, gift certificates, and money. When someone gets something that stands out from the rest of their gifts, they feel important, happy, and very grateful towards that person who took the extra time and care to buy them something they may only get a few times, if not once in their life.
Now that you have 3 very big reasons to get that important person in your life a high quality, premium leather bag, get started shopping. Whether it’s your boss (maybe you want a promotion), a family member, best friend, or spouse, Avallone has a nice selection for you to start your online shopping with. All of our luxury leather bags are handmade, come with a lifetime warranty, and feature a unique blend of Italian leather and lamb suede that combine European style with modern function.
Executive Leather Laptop Carrier by Avallone Shown Above
3 Easy Ways to Care for Any Leather Bag November 25 2015
So, you have finally bought that new handmade leather bag you’ve been saving for. Now the only question left in your mind is: How do I clean and take care of this luxury leather bag to keep it looking great?
The following are the 3 best ways to take care of any quality handmade leather bag.
How to Preserve the Leathers Quality
To preserve the leather quality of your handmade leather bag, try Pecard Leather Dressing. It’s best used on a new leather product to preserve it, and help prevent premature wear from stains. However, it can also be used on a product that you’ve previously used. Just keep in mind; it could take up to 1 week for the leather bag to absorb it depending on the thickness of its leather.
How to Clean a Stain
Many things can stain your new handmade leather bag including ketchup, sunblock, hairspray, or even water. There is also a distinction between water based stains and oil based stains. Water based stains such as ketchup, water, and the like can be treated at home.
For water-based stains, Avallone recommends using saddle soap. You’ll want to apply it as soon as possible after the stain has occurred. You should blot or wipe the product onto the stain. However, to be on the safe side, you may want to first test the product on a small area of the bag, because depending on the type of leather, it could cause its own stain.
For oil based stains such as paint, oil, or wax, we recommend going to a professional cleaning service. These stains are much harder to take out then water based stains, and you do not want to risk further damaging your new handmade leather bag.
How to Store Your Handmade Leather Bag When Not Being Used
When you’re not using your new handmade leather bag, you may want to put it somewhere safe. To correctly store any quality leather bag, the leather needs to be able to breath. If you’re new handmade leather bag did not come with a dust cover (all Avallone leather bags come with one), it’s best to use a pillow case. To best store the leather bag, gently fold it and place it in the dust cover or pillow case in a dark closet. Also avoid storing the item where temperatures can be extremely hot or cold, as this is also not good for the handmade leather bag.
If you’re reading this, but have not actually bought a new handmade leather bag yet, take a few minutes to browse the Avallone Luxury website. All of our men’s handmade leather bags come with Free Shipping and a Lifetime Warranty!
5 Reasons You Need a New Leather Wallet November 17 2015
Maybe you don’t currently own a handmade leather wallet, or maybe you still use your duct tape wallet from high school. Whatever the case may be, we are willing to bet you have not bought a new leather wallet in a long time, perhaps too long.
The following are five reasons to act now and buy a new men’s handmade leather wallet to avoid further embarrassment among colleagues and friends:
3. It takes you 10 minutes to find your credit card because you don’t even carry a wallet.
4. Your gf/wife insists on paying when you’re out, but you don’t know why.
5. You're still using your old tattered leather wallet after it's beens caught in the wash for the 3rd time.
Number 4 may not appear to be too bad at first glance. However, we’re willing to bet that won’t last very long, and could even progress to a breakup or a troubled marriage. For those of you who are single, that could be your solution to getting past the first date.
If you currently don’t own a new handmade leather wallet, and you’re not ready to buy a new leather wallet after reading the above list, you most likely have much more serious issues to deal with, and we recommend seeing a doctor as your number 1 priority right now.
For those of you who are ready to buy a new men’s leather wallet, don’t hesitate to check out Avallone’s full selection of men’s handmade leather wallets on our website.
Is Your Wallet Sending the Wrong Message? October 27 2015
Have you ever felt embarrassed to take out your wallet when it came time to pay on a date or business lunch/dinner? If so, it could be because your wallet is 1 of these 4 things:
- Old, tattered and worn out.
- Overstuffed with outdated cards, receipts, and any other piece of paper you’ve managed to save.
- Unprofessional looking & disorganized.
- Lacking available funds whether in cash or bank balances.
Many people often overlook the fact that the way you treat your wallet, along with the money in your wallet, sends a direct message about what you’re saying about yourself. You may be a financial wiz, but if you don’t own a quality handmade leather wallet, or if you do own a professional leather wallet, but cannot keep it organized, you’re sending a bad message to others around you. We’ll also teach you how to save a few extra dollars, just from keeping your wallet more organized.
Here are 6 ways to get your wallet into shape:
Invest in a quality genuine leather wallet.
You can also get away with canvas, but make sure the canvas has some leather detailing on it. A handmade, genuine leather wallet shows professionalism, style, and class all in one package. You will never be embarrassed to take out your leather wallet again in public, if only for the fact that it looks so good. There are many different types out there, but we recommend our very own Executive Leather Bi-Fold in Black. On a side note, don’t obsess over buying “slim wallets”. If you don’t follow the next steps, even a slim wallet will become too fat to comfortably carry.
Now that you own a quality, genuine, handmade leather wallet, you will need to clean it out once a month, if not once a week. When cleaning out your wallet, review your receipts and then store them in an expense file until you have had time to return items, or check warranties if needed. We recommend purging that file every 3 months.
Carry Only the ID You Need
In order to increase space and reduce thickness in your handmade leather wallet, limit the identification cards you carry to your driver's license (or photo ID), health insurance and other medical cards, and car insurance card. Don’t forget to check if your car insurance cards will expire soon. If so, it’s an excellent reminder to shop around for better rates. Also, keep your Social Security card at home and memorize the number to avoid putting yourself at greater risk for identity theft if the leather wallet is lost or stolen.
Keep Cards to a Minimum
Our next piece of advice is to keep only a debit card and a maximum of two credit cards in your handmade leather wallet. Put the one top that has the best rewards points or interest rate. We also recommend getting rid of store credit cards. The annual percentage rate on retail cards is over 23 percent on average, compared to 10 percent for the average low rate card and 15 percent for the average cash-back or rewards card, according to a CreditCards.com analysis. If you carry a balance month-to-month, even a great introductory offer on a store card will likely not make up for the amount of extra interest you'll incur over time.
In this day and age of cashless purchases, there are some items or stores that still require cash. If you don't have it in your leather wallet, and go to an ATM that's outside of your network, you could pay as much as $2.50 or $3 for each transaction. Always keep some cash in a variety of bills in your wallet. To help keep your spending in check, give yourself a weekly allowance for cash or debit card purchases and stick to it.
Back It Up
Now that you've streamlined your genuine leather wallet, it's important to back it all up. Make copies of your credit and debit card information, driver's license and health insurance cards and keep them separate from your wallet. You can make paper copies to keep in a file for your personal finances. Or cut down on paper and take photos of your IDs and receipts that you want to keep and email them to an email address that you set up specifically for your finances. Create folders in your email to keep your information and expenses organized. When you have a good tracking system in place for what goes into and out of your wallet, you will save both money and time.
The Many Benefits of Real Leather October 23 2015
Some people don't like to buy real leather products because of their ethical or religious stance on using animal products, however for most people, real leather is always preferred over fake leather (or 'pleather' as it is also known), with fake leather usually chosen simply because it is cheaper or easier to find in a given color or style than the real deal.
Leather has been used for centuries and across a wide range of cultures, because it has some great qualities that other materials just don't offer. While we have the technology to create the classic look of leather synthetically, when it comes to giving it all of real leather's other qualities, we just aren't there yet. Here are some of the advantages of real leather over 'faux' leather or pleather:
It Is Extremely Tough
Whether you want something to cover a sofa your cat is going to scratch on a daily basis, something to protect your laptop on your commute to work, or even more importantly, something to keep your insides on the inside of you if you are in a motorcycle accident, you can rely on leather. Bikers have always known this, and that's why even though there are now all kinds of next gen textiles designed to give them armor, many of the most popular products on biking attires sites like motochanic.com, as well as those worn by professional riders, are still made of good old leather.
It Ages Well
Leather does stretch, get creases in it, fade and texturize as it ages – and that just makes it look better. Your comfortable leather boots that have molded themselves to your body, your vintage leather purse or wallet that has the markings of years of use but shows no signs of falling apart, an aged leather chair – these things look if anything more beautiful than when they were brand new. Fake leather just rips, tears and fades like any other fabric, looking broken rather than aged. Buying furniture, clothes or accessories in real leather is an investment because you can have all the years of use you want out of it without looking shabby.
Leather is a natural material that lets your skin breathe when you wear it, rather than trapping sweat inside. This is why real leather shoes feel much better than other synthetic materials, and why you feel far less sweaty and nasty in a real leather coat than in a fake one.
Last but certainly not least, there is the beautiful smell of leather, which is on almost everybody's list of favorite aromas! Leather's distinctive smell is comforting, and also conveys a sense of luxury, for example in a new car or an upscale furniture showroom. It has even been replicated and included as a note in designer fragrances by houses like Bulgari!
Real leather is amazingly practical, but also beautiful and stylish, and the quality and luxury it puts across can never be replaced by synthetic imitations!
Get the Executive Leather Passport Holder Free October 05 2015
For the month of October, we are offering a special deal on one of our best men's handmade leather wallets. The Executive Passport Holder ($138), is handmade in kidskin leather and lamb suede, and comes with an interior zippered coin pocket, passport size pockets, credit card slots, and an exterior zipper closure.
You can now get a Free Executive Passport Holder Leather Wallet valued at $138.00, automatically included with any of our 3 handmade leather weekender bags for men. No Coupon Code Needed. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
Your purchase of any of our men's handmade leather bags in this offer also includes Free Shipping, our Lifetime Warranty, and a 30 Day Return policy for a risk free purchase!
Don't hesitate to take advantage of this awesome offer! Buy one today as this offer ends on October 31, 2015!
Ultimate Guide: Leather Cleaning & Care September 24 2015
Over here at Avallone we felt it would be highly important for our customers, and anyone else who owns a leather product, to write a guide on the cleaning and care for quality leather goods. Anyone who spends a lot of their hard earned money on quality handmade leather bags, wallets, belts, shoes, or jackets wants to make sure those items continue to stay in good shape. The last thing you want to do with a high quality luxury leather bag or shoe is clean it with the wrong product, or incorrectly store it for a long period of time.
Our guide, written with input from our experienced leather crafters, and leather goods designer Christopher Avallon, is meant to make sure you take the appropriate measures when maintaining a luxury leather bag or jacket, polishing your shoes, or cleaning stains from any of the other handmade leather accessories you might own. We even tell you the best way to store your quality leather goods for long periods of time. It all comes complete with some of the best product recommendations in the industry for cleaning, polishing, maintaining, and water-proofing.
To get your Free Copy of "The Ultimate Leather Cleaning & Care Guide" from Avallone, Click the "Special Offers" tab to the right of your screen.
Once the pop-up appears, type your email address and click submit. Your Free Copy will be delivered right to your in-box.
Should You Wear a Backpack to Work? September 17 2015
The short answer is yes; as long as it’s not your old college backpack, or something that looks like it should be taken on a camping trip.
I don't think these are the looks you're going for.
When I worked on Wall Street, I would take the path train from Jersey City into NYC every day. Along the way I would look at the different types of bags men carried to and from work. This was actually where I first started getting inspired to create a men’s leather goods collection. As I observed the daily bags men carried, I noticed a few things. First, many of the bags men used were over-done with too many pockets and straps that just didn’t look right unless you were going camping. Second, many of the men going to work were still using what looked like their old college backpack similar to Jansport or Eastpack bags. A lot of the men who used these backpacks actually wore them with a professional business suit. Third, the people who put in some extra effort and carried a quality leather bag, looked a lot more professional and well-put together. Someone you might think worked in upper-management, if not due for a promotion anytime soon.
That's a bit more like it!
This brings me back to my original point. Please do carry a backpack or leather shoulder bag of your choice to work, but make sure you invest in a quality, professional leather bag. When wearing a professional business suit, the worst thing you can do is pair that with something that makes you look like a student. I know many of you may not wear a suit to work every day, but that is no excuse to continue using what appears to be a student backpack for a professional job in the city. A professional leather backpack or leather bag will not only help to improve your appearance, but it will show your superiors and co-workers that you take work seriously. Just think, have you ever seen the CEO roll into work with a Jansport on their back?
As I stated before, many of my daily train observances helped me create styles that keep the working professional looking professional, as well as stylish. So, Avallone’s solution to the college backpack conundrum is our Antique Leather Backpack. It’s handmade with 9 stitches per inch, features a unique combination of leather and suede, and comes with a Lifetime Warranty. It’s something even the CEO would wear. Check it out below, or click here to view it on our website!
If you’re not looking for a backpack but still need a professional leather bag, check out our full selection of men’s handmade leather bags here.
-By Christopher J. Avallon, Founder & CEO of Avallone
90 Day Free Trial Now Available! August 12 2015
We are pleased to announce a new 90 Day Free Trial program for specially selected handmade leather goods from our website. This program is designed to give first time customers a risk free way to try out some of our men’s handmade leather bags, handmade leather wallets, or handmade leather belts!
The way our 90 Day Free Trial works is simple. Just purchase the qualifying handmade leather product. We will let you try that product for 90 days. If at the end of those 90 days, you do not want the item, we will take it back and refund your money, no questions asked. Any item that contains the words "90 Day Free Trial" in the product description qualifies! Just keep your order number from your email receipt as a reference to your 90 Day Free Trial.
We are confident that our luxury leather combined with our old world craftsmanship and unique designs will win you over for life! Not to mention our Lifetime Warranty that comes with all of our handmade leather goods available for purchase. At the end of our 90 Day Free Trial, you will most likely not want to return your new handmade leather bag, wallet or belt!
For more details on our 90 Day Free Trial, click the following link: http://www.avalloneluxury.com/pages/90-day-free-trial-guarantee
Currently, the Antique Luxury Leather Backpack is available for a 90 Day Free Trial. We will keep you updated as we start to include more of our men’s handmade leather goods on the list.