The Card Holder
- French full-grain calf leather
- Vegetable tanned in Italy
- Slim, pocket-friendly design, made in Portugal
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Hold that thought
A wallet’s not your only option, you know. If you’re the sort of person that likes to travel light, there’s the card holder, too.
Time to downsize big time
Barely holds anything
Paper or plastic?
All aboard the grain train
You might be thinking, ‘Here we go, they’re gonna start talking about full-grain leather again.’ You know us well. High quality full-grain leather is the only way to go for an item like this. It’s like we always say, you can’t have leather goods without good leather.
Like a certificate from the Sorbonne
The leather is a French calfskin, which is LWG-certified. That basically means that it’s passed rigorous environmental standards, but we prefer to imagine it’s a bit like a certificate from the Sorbonne.
Working on our tan
Tanning leather is a complicated business. You don’t just chuck everything in a vat and hope for the best. That’s why we trust the tanning titans of Lo Stivale in Italy. They’re experts in the vegetable-tanning process that produces this rich colour.
Rinse and repeat
Not only is the colour nice and deep, it’s hardwearing, too. The leather is soaked in a dye bath before being rinsed to remove excess pigment. This is a lot more effective than just dyeing the surface of the leather, which can easily mark or rub off.
The added benefit of vegetable-tanned leather is that it ages a lot better than its chemically-coloured counterparts. Essentially, the more you use it, the better it gets, as it takes on a personality all of its own. Careful, your pals might end up preferring your card holder to you.
Follow the thread
There are really only a couple of ingredients that go into a card holder – leather and thread. We’ve established the leather is good, so it’s time to think about the thread. We’ve used a heavy duty waxed thread with reinforced stops so it won’t give up the ghost (even if your bank balance does).
A hair’s breadth
The real advantage a card holder has over a wallet is how streamlined it is. A bulky card holder would be a pretty useless invention. Good thing, then, that ours is just 4mm thick when it’s empty. Say goodbye to the dreaded pocket bulge.
Leave the library card at home
Our Card Holder has three slots and a top slit pocket, meaning you only carry the essentials with you. That’s good, you could do with a bit of self-discipline.
Portuguese, if you please
Portugal, home of the pastel de nata, fortified wine, and tip top leather goods. To be precise, we enlisted the help of the fine folk at Belcinto for this one, and as you can probably tell from the pictures alone, they’re no slouches.
The colour of money
What goes into making your Card Holder.
The materials have traveled a total of 4,374 km (2,717 miles) from field to doormat.
Environmental certification : ISO 14001
It is a 100% full grain leather from French and Swiss cows.
Lo Stival SRL Italy
Label environnemental : ISO 14001
Lo Stival SRL Italy
Label environnemental : ISO 14001
Vasconcelos & CA LDA Portugal
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each Card Holder we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 4,4 kms (or 2,9 miles) travelled by car.
Equivalent to a 10-sec shower.
Equivalent to 80 mins of electric heating (in average appartment).
Any colour you like, so long as it’s black (or brown)
They don’t come much classier than this.
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.
Easy changes of size
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
Satisfied or your money back
It costs nothing to try
If you ever change your mind or the product doesn't meet your expectations when you receive it, all you have to do is send it back unworn and we'll refund you. Easy.
Four of us started Asphalte back in 2016. With a few years of experience in fashion under our belts, we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using great materials and made in good conditions. The guys we wanted to kit were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to go all out on a pair of jeans. We send them a survey to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision we ever made.
Since then, you've been at the start of every clothes we make. We ask for your opinion on a product before we get busy with the design process, and that's the way forward for us.
We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, stuff that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.
Over the last 4 years, we've gradually put together the dream team to make it happen on a larger scale. Today, there are 45 of us working to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.