Blog — Updates

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Ever wonder why everything isn’t always in stock?

If you’ve been to the site before, you may have noticed that there are periods in which some or even most of the wallets are sold out. Many ask about when specific colors will be back in stock and some also wonder why it happens that there can be weeks or even months when a model isn’t available. I think it’s actually kind of an interesting process that results in this, so I thought I’d share with you guys in case it’s interesting to you as well…

The first thing to help understand why at times some models are out of stock is to get an idea of the production process. Everything is made in USA by shops that are highly specialized and do ultra-high quality work. So to get the prices to be at all close to economical, I need to do large print runs, followed by cutting runs, followed by sewing batches. Once they’re sewn, they then need to be shipped to the local fulfillment house where they are inventoried. Only then do I list things online to be sold.

So if a wallet shows as out of stock on the website, it’s because it’s somewhere along this process. Most often, it has been printed, but may or may not be cut or sewn. Sewing takes the most amount of time and the shop I use has limited throughput, but high quality and consistency. To keep it that way, I don’t push unreasonable deadlines on them. So there is some lead-time when I put an order in with them, and depending on what they have going on, there may also be lead-time before they can begin my order. 

Other times, a color has sold through for the print run. If that’s the case, I’ve noted it on the website in the description of that style and it may be several months before there are more. This is because the process of doing a print run is very complex so I usually do it all at once.

I hope that gives you some “behind the scenes” insight into the process and why simply making more often has several logistical steps involved.

Right now, the Brown/Orange Original and MICRO are sold out for the print run as is the Gray/Orange Original. Others are going fast so get them while you can!
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Tags: MICRO, Updates

Improved MICRO for added durability

I'm excited to announce an improvement to the MICRO which will be included with all new models starting today…

Reinforcements in the inner pockets that greatly improve durability

This solution was arrived at based on customer feedback and collaborative testing by several Kickstarter backers. I've received extremely positive feedback from everyone who's tried it.

Thin plastic pieces inserted into each inner money pocket flap provide these improvements:

  • Rigidity is maintained across the entire face of the outside panels of the wallet, not just were the credit cards are
  • Force from the cards is distributed through the smooth plastic so there are no high points to wear or imprint onto the face

The difference really is quite remarkable… the only drawback was that these inserts would slightly take away from the capacity of the wallet. So I set about  prototyping with a variety of materials and thicknesses and finally arrived at the perfect combination. And now I've had some custom manufactured to fit exactly.

Here's a 2-minute video showing the details of the solution and illustrating how they go in:
Also- All black models and several other colors are back in stock!

There are only a handful of black Originals though so get them while you can. More Original inventory will be coming in about two weeks.

Lastly, I'd love to keep in better touch with you through Facebook. I'm very conservative about sending out emails to the whole list but I'm going to be posting inventory updates and some behind the scenes stuff on Facebook so if you like SlimFold in real life, please take a moment to head over and like it there too…

Thanks for your support!
Dave

www.facebook.com/slimfold

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Tags: Updates, V2

Announcing V2: 6 styles including Black

Thanks so much for your support and for patiently awaiting the new inventory. Many of you have wondered why i was out of stock and didn't have more available sooner. Well, instead of just doing a new run of the last one, I refined the design, had new tooling made, and sourced a new printer who specializes in Tyvek.

I took the time to make sure each step was done right and I'm really happy to say that everything is still made in the USA and I'm really happy with the quality.

Black/Orange, Black/Gray, and Gray/Orange are available again... and 3 new styles have been added to the line:
   * Brown/Orange
   * Blue/White
   * Green/White


In addition to improving the printing durability, the ID window has also been refined. Check out the Features Page of the website for details and a short video which illustrates the changes.

I'm really excited to bring this new version to you and I hope you'll agree that it was worth the wait!