Tallowin presents an updated piece of leather making history

Tallowin's New Pepys wallet

Tallowin presents an updated piece of leather making history

The wallet designed by Mark Tallowin in response to a rare archive item once belonging to Samuel Pepys is now available as an extremely limited edition…

Produced as part of Bill Amberg’s Leather – Then and Now show for London Craft Week 2018, the award-winning leather designer Mark Tallowin’s modern black wallet pictured here was specifically designed in response to an archive piece once belonging to the famous English diarist Samuel Pepys. Rather than simply duplicating or recreating the original, Tallowin sought to interpret it for a modern audience, based on contemporary dimensions, including the scale of credit cards in comparison to the oversized paper bills and documents that Pepys would have carried about him in the 17th century.

The original design – part of the National Leather Collection in Northampton – is believed to have been presented to Pepys in his role as an MP and Secretary to the Admiralty by a Turkish envoy in 1687 (it bears the words ‘Constantinople Anno 1687’ spelt out in silver wire embroidery).

The original wallet belonging to Samuel Pepys, on which Tallowin's new design is based

The original wallet belonging to Samuel Pepys, on which Tallowin’s new design is based

In keeping with the traditional design, Tallowin’s wallet is made from two different types of Italian Leather, handstitched in French linen thread and embossed. Now, Tallowin – who specialises in handcrafting his wallets and handbags from start to finish entirely on his own – is releasing his design, which he calls ‘The New Pepys’ in a strictly limited run of just five wallets (plus one for the archive). These unique pieces are available at £400 a piece, incl shipping, via his website.

Tallowin has also created a unique leather eye mask, Hora Sexta, which is available to buy from our shop to help raise money for the Cræftiga prize fund, a new award for emerging talent launched by Hole & Corner.


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