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A River Runs Through It

Leather Handsomeness Done Right

3667b913fefa1b9071c8dc1b44b6d91fPresenting a cautionary tale. The setting: a bar.

You make eye contact with somebody stunning. You both smile. You approach. You say something charming, nod to the bartender and a couple Manhattans hastily appear.

And then... you pull out a cheesy wallet that looks stolen from a 16-year-old skateboarder.

The end.

Now, we know this would never, ever happen to you, but just in case: here’s Friday & River, a handsome new line of leather wallets and other stuff made here in SoCal, available online now.

These wallets are stripped down to the basics—just hand-stitched swaths of grainy leather meant to get better with age. No secret compartments, no offensive studs, no weird origami-unfolding to get the thing open. Just rich and brown and sturdy enough that you could pass it on to a grandson one day. Anybody’s grandson will do.

If you need something to hold non-money stuff—a lean case for your phone, a lanyard for your keys, maybe a custom pencil koozie—they can rustle you up one of those, too. (Though the last thing might require some smooth talking.)

And the “they” here is a married couple in San Diego. His last name means “Friday” in German; hers means “Big River Town” in Japanese. Hence Friday & River.

Better luck next time, Monday & Puddle.

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