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Full-tilt Soft Shell Production!

To meet demand, I’ve authorized overtime for the sewing house in San Francisco and they’re doing a fantastic job getting the Kickstarter wallets ready as well as producing some targeting Christmas. I stopped by yesterday (Saturday) and the whole crew was there working on Soft Shells. They’ve really hit their stride and efficiency has increased dramatically.
Based on my projections, all Kickstarter wallets (aside from special editions) have now been sewn and are making their way through final packing.
Sewing has begun on the special edition Kickstarter Black/Green wallets as well.
  • We are on schedule (or even a little ahead) now for the Kickstarter project
  • Those pre-ordering Soft Shells hoping to receive them by Christmas have a higher likelihood. (No guarantees, but it looks pretty good.)
What about Tyvek?
Good news! Some Black/Red RFID blocking MICROs have just arrived and are available online now.
I’ll keep you posted as things continue to progress. 
Thanks for your support!

Production Updates...

I wanted to give you a bit of visibility into the production process at the moment beyond just seeing all the “sold out” signs on the items. I wrote this post awhile back about all the steps that go into getting a product produced… and that was written thinking about the Tyvek product for which design was already complete. I’m currently in the midst of production for a the Soft Shell, a new product which was just funded on Kickstarter. My first priority is to produce and ship those wallets to the backers, as they have already paid for them and been gracious enough to invest in the product when it was still in the prototype phase.
Here’s an overview of the product lines and where their production stands:

Black RFID Tyvek wallets

All of the ones which were printed have been sewn. Now that packaging has been printed too, some have made it into the warehouse. Those are about to run out, but then the rest will have finished being packaged.
Timeframe: Available now, but will probably sell out sometime in November.

Soft Shell Wallets

Production is going full-tilt on these. It’s taking a little longer to produce each one than we anticipated, but the sewing house seems like they’re about to start hitting their stride with this new product and material. Quality is top priority and the ones they’ve made so far are coming out fantastic. 
Timeframe: Dec/Jan

Non-RFID and color Tyvek

A print run was just completed for these and they will then make their way through the cutting, sewing, and packaging process. It’s hard to say right now when each color will be ready but they will probably slide in around production of the Soft Shells during November. (Not each step in the Soft Shell production process takes the same amount of time so if someone in the crew has time, they can shift over and make some Tyvek ones.)
Timeframe: Dec/Jan
So what should you do if you want one of these wallets? Right now, I’m maintaining an email list which I will alert if there is a major inventory update or a new product becomes available for sale. Click here to sign up:
I’m also considering offering pre-orders. Christmas delivery wouldn't be guaranteed, but the sooner the order was placed the higher the likelihood of getting there would be. What would you guys think of that?
Thanks again for your support!

World’s First RFID-Blocking Thin Tyvek Wallet

I realize my storefront has looked a bit spartan the last few months with almost everything being sold out. It takes many steps to get the wallets produced and ready for sale and I’ve also been hard at work creating the Soft Shell line which has just finished its Kickstarter campaign and is in production now.

Response to the RFID blocking card sleeves has been very positive and several of you asked about whether I would consider making the whole wallet out of that material. My first thought was that it would be waaaay too expensive, but I worked directly with the manufacturer for many months to come up with some ways to streamline things and make it reasonable. In fact, after some initial testing, I decided to go with an even higher quality 2-ply Tyvek which gives the wallet a more substantial feeling regardless of whether you’re even interested in the RFID protection.

I’m quite pleased with how they came out and am super excited to bring them to you. Here’s a summary of their features:

  • 2-ply Tyvek for added durability
  • RFID blocking material between Tyvek layers throughout whole wallet
  • Double printed for deeper ink coverage and penetration
The wallets block cards which operate at 13.56 MHz and above including:
  • ID Cards (Canada, Washington, Michigan, New York, and Vermont)
  • Credit cards (PayPass, Blink, sQuid)
  • Military cards such as CAC (Common Access Cards)
  • Building access cards* (HID iClass, HID MIFARE, HID FlexSmart, DESFire
  • Transit cards (Boston Charlie, DC Metro)
  • Government  such as TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential)

*Some building access cards are NOT shielded including HID 125 KHz.  

This initial print run is only available in Black. Black/Gray MICRO and Black/Gray Original are available for sale now. Some Black/Red and Black/Orange are just making their way through being packaged so should be ready to order within 1-2 weeks.

Thanks to so many of you who provided input leading to the creation of this product. Let me know what you think of this first RFID blocking addition to the SlimFold line...

UPDATE: All of our wallets now come with RFID blocking options.