The one-man operation at Corter Leather out of Massachusetts is a great source for good old fashioned, honest innovation. Rooted in traditional processes, his leather goods will nonetheless dip into more progressive design work – all while maintaining a simple aesthetic. Perhaps the most shining example of his ability to meld the old with the new lies in his RFID bifold wallet.
The wallet itself is an unassuming 7 pocket bi-fold crafted from 4 oz. natural vegetable tanned leather. Rather than using patterns and formulas, each piece is cut by memory. Obviously like the hand made goods of yesteryear, this results in small variations of character for each piece. Yet Corter does employ a modern touch to the wallet: an embedded RFIDstrip sandwiched between the two outer layers of leather.
‘But what is an RFID strip’ – I can hear many of you asking. The latest trend in thievery relies on a device which scans your credit cards through your back pocket or bag. This somehow enables them to piggyback onto or take over your account. The stainless steel RFID fabric embedded in Corter’s wallet prevents this sort of nonsense, while remaining lightweight and flexible. It’s sad that these measures must be made to protect ourselves, but at least Corter has devised a non-invasive way of doing so.