This three-card-slot wallet includes the write-anywhere Fisher Space Pen that we’re so fond of (here with a clip in matte black, silver, or polished brass options) and holds an included Rhodia A7 pocket size notebook. We like this wallet as an alternative to our original notebook wallet–the Architect’s Wallet–because it adds a cover to keep the notebook from getting beat up if you’re not changing it out often enough, and dedicated card slots in a slightly larger footprint.
Dimensions: 123mm x 98mm (approximately 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″).
I've run across something this good about two or three times in my 64 years. I've used it for two years now and live in mortal fear that your firm will no longer exist when I finally need a new one. This is a very real fear as it's made so well. I love it, I love it, I love it.
The ‘Charette’ is an ingeniously designed little wallet ... beautifully made & so strongly put together that by the time it wears out the only real glaciers you’ll be able to see then will be on old Y-tube videos.
Completely outclasses my paper-clipped , rubber banded, pocket bundle that I just tossed in a nearby dumpster.
And , w/ all due respect ... the ruggedly hand-stitched leather ENORMO-wallet that I picked up @ the Kentucky State Penitentiary gift shop a gazillion years ago turned out to be more of a tiny seat cushion than a useful pocket accessory ... thus the switch to the improvised , ramshackle rubber band nightmare of a contraption mentioned above.
People that made this gem are artists moonlighting as craftspeople .
- thanks a million! Joslin ( Detroit electrician/lineman )
Charette Wallet, Black
Optional Fisher Space Pen, Black
Rhodia A7 120mm x 75mm pocket notebook, Black Cover, quad ruled, 24 sheets / 48 pages
Please note: The pen in the photographs is my own and is not the pen that shipped with the wallet. (I use the shipped pen as backup.) The Rhodia notebook in the photos is the dot-ruled variety and did not ship with the wallet. The included notebook is quad ruled like graph paper.
The Charette is a portrait-oriented, bi-fold wallet and is crafted from thick, high quality leather. The sturdy shell is flexible without feeling floppy or loose, and it gives off the pleasant scent of a top quality tanned hide. Unfolded, the left panel contains three stacked card slots sewn onto a right-angled, tip-out cash flap. Unlike the wave-shaped slots shown on FFF's product page, the current version's each have a broad, center-cut thumb notch for securer retention and easy extraction. The slots are snug enough to hold one card, but can expand to hold perhaps three each. I find two cards per slot the maximum load before the wallet feels bloated or over-stretched. The right panel is divided into two stacked sleeves. A slim inner compartment holds receipts or extra cards, while the outer sleeve retains the Rhodia notebook, and is constructed of three panels creating a central flap that can act as a bookmark. All panels are sewn together with heavy-gauge nylon thread and the stitching is precise end-to-end. All panel edges are trimmed flush and are dyed to match the cover. The Charette is trim enough to fit in a looser fitting front pocket, though it may strain slimmer trousers.
The pen loop is not elastic fabric, but rather the same robust leather as the Charette's outer shell. By design, FFF removed a tiny rectangle of leather about midway down the loop's length. The Space Pen's folded clip-tip rests in this precisely positioned cavity, better securing the pen without stressing the clip spring. The loop's inner circumference exactly matches the pen's barrel along both their spans resulting in a perfectly snug fit. Only with significant effort can one pull the cap away from the pen while it's in the loop. Excepting unusually violent circumstances, the pen's cap will remain in place, in or out of pocket.
As a Moleskine user, I hadn't encountered Rhodia notebooks until I discovered the Charette. The Rhodia A7 cover is made of a thin, hardy plastic sturdy enough to act as a smooth and stable writing platform once open. The white matte paper presents shows no glare even in bright sunlight, and its tooth is neither too smooth nor coarse. The paper holds Fisher Space Pen ink without smudging or bleeding. The notebook is bound with two strong, flush-folded staples.
I don't find the built-in bookmark all that useful. The black leather faintly stains the paper, so I won't risk it obscuring my already illegible scribbles. As illustrated in one photograph, the middle bookmark flap is sewn on separately from its two flanking sections, creating a small but protruding interior tab. The Rhodia notebook's back flap must be inserted under this tab or the wallet will not fully close. When I hold open my Charette, the notebook sometimes slips a little away from the wallet sleeve's inner edge. I then have to fiddle the cover under the tab to close the wallet. I think the Charette would have been better absent the bookmark. A one-piece slot inside the back cover would have provided securer storage for small items and a smoother notebook load. To counter the issue, I removed the back cover from another small notebook, trimmed it to size, and inserted it between the Rhodia notebook's back cover and the small bookmark flap tab. This solved the issue for me.
Regardless of this one minor point, I highly recommend the FFF Charette. The wallet is exquisite. The Charette is not a fad, a gaudy status symbol, or a tacky bauble broadcasting itself across distances or crowds. It is a modest object whose obvious and timeless quality is best appreciated in the hand. Its simple design and sturdy construction ensure it will last at least one lifetime. It's a pleasure to hold and use, and is the best wallet I ever have owned — or ever expect to own — and is a bargain at its price.
So I had the original Charette and the pen kept falling out and the capacity for cards and cash was quite small. This is a fantastic upgrade. I love the slightly larger Rhodia notebook , over the volant. This can hold cash and each slot can hold about two cards if you absolutely need it to. My one gripe is that the pen clips into the pen sleeve so its hard to remove however I quickly became accustomed to using just the bottom half, although its a bit awkward. I do understand that this was done to negate the problem of losing the pen that was an issue of the original . The black leather with the chrome space pen looks classy.
I have been eying this wallet for some time now and finally pulled the trigger a couple months ago. I wanted to give it a couple months before writing a review. I was looking for something to hold my favorite notebook (the Rhodia A7) as well as some cards and a pen and this is exactly what I needed. I carry 9 cards in the 3 slots, I could maybe squeeze a couple more in but I don't need to. The cut on the top of the slots is slightly different from the pictures but I think this is probably better. The cards are easy to slide in and out. One thing I hadn't thought about when I bought it is that I can stash some cash or business cards behind the notebook. Bonus! You could also put cash behind the card slots but I find that adds a bit too much thickness to that side of the wallet. The pen loop fits my space pen or my Kaweco Liliput just perfectly. Overall I am extremely pleased! Thanks FFF!
My other half does the subtle Christmas nudge: a text message link to what he's like to magically appear under the tree. And this year is was a F.F.F. wallet with space pen and "wittle" notebook.. with his initials! Super easy, online order from my phone- just had to turn it horizontally to view the cart button. BUT somehow I missed the "expedite shipping" option- Thankfully I DM'ed F.F.F. in Instagram and they got back to me THE SAME DAY and Santa had that wallet wrapped and under the tree in time for the holiday! It arrived in a clean white box, and inside were my personalized gifts (I also ordered the Timex 40mm Cobalt Chronograph watch for my father) in small cloth gift bags.. and a personal note- handwritten- into the top of the box! Very nice touch!
Spence opted for the Charette Wallet in Latte with a Chrome pen.. (I was surprised because he's a trained architect that he didn't run with the adorable branding of "The Architects Wallet" BUT he LOVES it! He was carrying a single pocket, really minimalist wallet from FlowFold.. Which now just houses extra gift cards at our front door key dish.
The initials came out perfectly- although if you were looking for them to pop- they don't. It's a very low key vibe. Like a: Oh yeah, no biggie, I just carry my whole life in my back pocket, kinda vibe. Where my wallet from LV has bright and bold, painted bedazzlement- Spence has hipster cool.
He already owns three watches from F.F.F. and I expect that we'll be placing more orders in the not too distant future!
So I stumbled upon this amazing company a little more than a year ago when I was browsing wallets on the internet, my Coach wallet was beginning to fall apart after about a couple of years and I desperately needed a replacement. I came across the Charrette and knew this was what I wanted. I love to jot notes sometimes on the go, and the beauty and functionality definitely appealed to me. I reached out to Shawn and asked for the XS version and some customizations. The final product I received checked all the boxes and exceeded all my expectations. The best part is that this is USA made which is something I actively search for when making purchases. It makes all the difference. Thank you Shawn!!!
A very nice, expensive wallet. It’s good quality and it should last. I love the look of it. And it wears well in my side pocket or my back pocket. I have to keep an eye on the pen because it fell to the ground once already after only a week. Probably the leather loops that hold the pen should be a little smaller so you have to force it in so it cannot fall out accidentally. I’d be pissed if I lost the pen, but it’s a chance I took when I bought it because other reviewers have mentioned this. For this price there should be zero flaws, zero. Still it’s a five star wallet for quality and concept and execution. Tighten up the pen loop and it would be a perfect wallet.