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Shell Cordovan Pocket Wallet

(37 customer reviews)


Holds folded cash under the quick draw pocket. It is wide enough to hold 10 cards plus cash without a problem.

Measures approximately 3″ by 4 1/4″
Exterior: Horween Shell Cordovan USA
Interior: Wickett and Craig coated and finshed, USA

Handmade with American craftsmanship. Hand cut, gauged, and pricked with an awl. Saddle stitched on a wooden stitching pony with outdoor rated marine thread that is waxed and braided. I use marine adhesives and all edges are finished by hand. 100% without power tools.

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Additional information

Weight 6 oz
Shell Color


37 reviews for Shell Cordovan Pocket Wallet

  1. jess

    Just received — what a beauty. Thanks for sharing your craft and creativity.

  2. jess

    I got shell Cordovan pocket wallet in burgundy color. This is hands down the best leather wallet I’ve purchased to date. I’ve bought many leather wallets from internet popular brands before, but this one is on a different level. The edges are so well finished, it’s beautiful. Shell Cordovan leather is also amazing. I wish I discovered this brand before buying all my prior leather wallets. You will not regret buying this art piece from J Michael!

  3. Vincent Ng

    J Michael is simply the best leathersmith around. I was shopping for a permanent wallet in leather, something that would age and last and wear well over time. I did my research and found J Michael. He was incredibly accommodating when I contacted him about making a semi-custom version of the Pocket Wallet for me (I chose the colors for different sections of the interior and the different thread colors for exterior and interior) and didn’t charge me extra.

    The wallet itself is beautiful. The amount of thought and care that went into the design and craftsmanship is readily apparent. The wallet is surprisingly roomy for its size — I even manage to fit an iPod Nano (8th generation) into the hidden pocket behind the Quick Draw pocket along with a couple of bills. The evenness of the stitching, the cut of the leather, the finished edges — all of these elements and more demonstrate deep attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.

    I bought a different card wallet from a very well-known leather company for my dad around the same time as I bought J Michael’s Pocket Wallet (at the time, I wasn’t sure whose would be better). J Michael’s choice of materials and craftsmanship was *leagues* above the other company’s. His choice of thick UV bonded, braided, and waxed polyester thread and the way it was so uniformly stitched is but one of many examples where he is head and shoulders above his competition. Their thread was thin, stitching uneven and loose, and pulling out at certain points.

    Since owning the wallet, J Michael has gone above and beyond — I simply cannot stress that enough — in ensuring I am happy with the product. He has looked at and addressed any and all concerns I had with the product, all of them incredibly minor, and fixed the problems on his own dime and shipped it back to me for free. I recently offered him to a fee to service my wallet (condition it, etc.). He did it for free and sent me a random free gift for no reason. This isn’t the first time he’s done that for me. I just can’t endorse J Michael as a craftsman and as a person enough. He stands behind his products and goes way beyond what is necessary to make his customers happy and does it as though it’s just the norm. If there is anything I need in leather and J Michael is selling it, I will buy from him first every single time, no question.

  4. jess

    “Message Good Morning, I received my new wallet a week or so back and all I can say is WOW. In a world of internet crap its nice to see someone who takes pride in their craft. You are a craftsman, very rare these days. It’s so nice I’m afraid to use it everyday, but I will ! Just order a couple more things!”

  5. jess

    I’ll start by saying that I’ve never written a review – or taken the time to follow-up – on ANY product that I’ve purchased. I’ve always assumed that it was a waste of time and that people, generally speaking, knew the quality of a particular item. I was compelled to write this review because of the insane quality and craftsmanship of J Michael’s work. The first wallet I purchased from J Michael was his full-size bifold…black shell exterior, black interior with navy stitching. Not only is the wallet beautiful to look at but the quality is on a completely different level. Soon after receiving the bifold – as in 3 days later – I ordered another wallet from him, this time, a front pocket wallet. The build quality on this piece was also outstanding! Not only is J Michae a fantastic craftsman, but he’s also a great person. His communication throughout the process was first-class and I could not have been more pleased. Keep up the great work JM!!

  6. jess

    I’ve had my J Michael Ashland Pocket Wallet for about six months now, wanted to wait and see before offering a review. Let’s just say I’m calling it my forever wallet. No doubt in my mind I’ll have it for at least 20 years. Great investment, don’t hesitate!

  7. jess

    I received the wallet yesterday in the mail. Talk about fast shipping, I appreciate that very much. The wallet… WOW. I own several handmade wallets from the likes of waskerk to makr carry and none compare to your craftsmanship. I absolutely love the Bison leather, such a soft yet rich feel to it. The design of the pocket wallet is simple yet clever and functional. Your customer service is above and beyond too. Thank you! I’ll be back.

  8. jess

    Back again…….this has the possibility of becoming a bit of a habit…I’m absolutely intrigued with your pocket wallet. Wallets are usually rather utilitarian and spend most of their existence in a pocket until the end of the day. Your pocket wallet sees quite a bit of daylight from me pulling it out of my pocket and admiring the design, quality and workmanship.

  9. jess

    After looking at your website’s wallet eye-candy on several occasions, I finally made a decision to order your black Pocket Wallet. I anticipated it’s arrival with more intensity than a 7 year old anticipates Christmas morning. I was not disappointed. I unboxed the wallet from its very tasteful presentation and took several minutes to admire what had arrived. The wallet is drop-dead gorgeous with its supple, thin yet substantial rich, black leather, nicely detailed stitching and incredibly well finished edges. The clean and efficient design allowed the wallet to easily inhale 5 bills, 4 credit cards, 2 ID cards, 3 paper insurance cards and 2 business cards and remained flat, thin and compact. I can only imagine that it will relax with use and assume a slightly thinner profile. Very nicely done.

  10. jess

    Last year for Christmas, I got my Dad a new wallet from you and it is such an awesome wallet! Beautiful and well crafted! My Dad loved it and still does! He loved it so much that at first he didn’t want to take it out of the box because he thought it was such a handsome wallet and didn’t want to get fingerprints on it! I’ll even stop and smell the leather if he leaves it laying around…

  11. jess

    This is the best wallet I own. The pocket configuration is perfect for me. The quality of leather and attention to detail in craftsmanship is outstanding.

  12. jess

    I have my wallet and it’s mint! Thank you, appreciate your work.

  13. jess

    Thank you very much for the pocket wallet! I had only seen photos of your work and had not handled any, it is very impressive. Seeing the quality, I can’t say that I’m surprised that the demand has you too busy for custom work.

  14. jess

    It’s perfect! Thanks again.

  15. jess

    Wow, this is fantastic. It’s a lot more compact and easier to carry than my old wallet, but the craftsmanship is what really blows me away. I’ve made a few watch bands for myself with some scrap leather, and I appreciate your attention to detail and precision. My favorite part is the burnishing, the finishing and smoothness is so impressive to me. This wallet will likely be the last one I buy, but I will be keeping you in mind if I am ever in need of a new belt…Thank you!

  16. jess

    The Pocket Wallet is an expertly designed piece. It’s clearly evident that much thought was put into the design, layout, and function-ability of it. In spite of its small footprint, it will carry a very large amount of cards and cash with ease. Currently it has 14 cards and seven pieces of paper currency in it. And, there’s room for more if needed. It’s also not a gigantic lump in my back pocket, it still measure under .75” (actually between .6” and .75”).

    The J Michael Ashland Pocket Wallet is built to last for decades. If there was ever a Buy It For Life wallet, this is it.

  17. jess

    I just received my pocket wallet…Awesome craftsmanship. I love it.

  18. jess

    I received the pocket wallet yesterday! I could not be more happier! Excellent work, beautiful leather, perfect size.

  19. jess

    Just wanted to say that I just received the wallet I ordered for my guy’s Christmas gift this year and I know he will love it. We both appreciate quality craftsmanship and your work is beautiful.

  20. jess

    I order Monday and today it’s friday and my brand new wallet has come this is a truly a nice Shell wallet i got The burgundy shell with the black leather inside it looks so boss I got the red thread I can’t wait to break it in. Thank you brother for a great wallet. Ps I will tell my friends!!

  21. jess

    The hype is real, J Michael is the real deal. Just received my pocket wallet and every aspect of it is perfect! I will definitely be coming back for more masterpiece on leather!

  22. jess

    I’m extremely picky about my leather goods and this shell cordovan pocket wallet has simply exceeded my expectations. I have an extreme eye for detail; the stitching, material and craftsmanship are absolutely top notch. These leather wallets are the epitome of what a perfect handcrafted item should look like. Not only are they a work of art, they are totally functional as well. I will be coming back to take a look at other leather goods. J Michael thank you for your commitment to quality and service!

  23. jess

    I ordered a Shell Cordovan Pocket Wallet in Natural Tan (both on the outside and inside) and a Money Clip on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, with a request to expedite the shipment, as I was traveling on March 20. I received both the wallet and money clip on Friday, March 16. Talk about expedited shipping. Much appreciate this effort by J Micheal and a big Thank You to him. Another request was to burnish the edges and the edges were silky smooth. I have loaded the pocket wallet with 30 bills (US) and 06 cards and it folds just right. This is a great wallet to carry loads of cash. The pocket wallet is going to be my EDC (everyday carry) for the next few weeks and I am looking forward breaking it in. I’ll be back for more in Burgundy, Brown and Black.

  24. jess

    I have to say thank first. Michael emailed me about his stock ran low. He offered me an upgrade at no extra charge. The wallet came a couple days later and it is absolutely stunning. I love my wallet so much and its wallet is higher than my Louis Vuitton wallet that triple the price

  25. jess

    I love my pocket wallets. Just sitting here on vacation this week. Looking at this elegant black shell beauty. I have 9 cards in it and $102 cash in the bottom left pocket. Folds just right. The front exterior feels like it’s padded, it is addictive just thumbing the exterior. And with everything loaded it feels featherish in weight. Smooth. Just right. Very pleased. And grateful.

  26. jess

    Crazy! Who isn’t excited about receiving a handmade, functional piece of art? I knew from the reviews that delivery was fast and I therefore entertained the giddy (can you be giddy in your 60s?) prospect of having my cordovan pocket wallet by Friday’s trip to NYC. I ordered Thursday afternoon and its now the following Tuesday, noon, and this beauty is in hand (nostrils too…smells great). Quick turn-around is really just the bonus.
    The wallet is all that you’ve read about and expect from J Michael. The hand stitching perfect.
    The purchase began with an email in which I noted my cell number and my vague questions. I figured I could do better in a conversation but merely suggested he could call if that suited his schedule. I got a call a half hour later….immensely helpful. We also digressed from leather to climbing and other mutual interests. The wallet holds the tangible stuff as expected…..and some intangible karma as well!

  27. jess

    I recently received one of your wallets as a gift from a very close friend. I believe the model is the Pocket Wallet. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your work. The Cordovan leather is spectacular. The fit and finish including the hand stitching and burnishing is impeccable. The wallet is truly a work of art, I’m almost afraid to use it. But I know it will wear very well and get better with age. Great work!

  28. jess

    I don’t know how to express how pleased I am that I came across J Michael Ashland. I was looking up to replace my wallet that I had for the last 10 years. I had an idea for a wallet and reached out to J Michael on his site and with in 15 mins I received a phone call from the man himself. We talked over what I wanted to do. He gave me plenty of information on what he does and what goes into his wallets. With no hesitation I placed my order, what felt like the next day I saw my Pocket wallet on his Instagram site. Look for the wallet in Blue IT shell with Red shell in the interior with Yellow stitching. I had a childish grin and could not wait to get it in hand.
    As soon as I got it WOW. He is the real deal. This wallet looks great and there is no doubt that it will last a lifetime. When we talked I mentioned how I wanted to be able to have a wallet that I can have made again to give to my 2 boys. My wife saw the wallet and totally agreed. J Michael Ashland has at least 2 more orders in the future from me. Thank you!

  29. jess

    Superb item! I don’t do reviews but this wallet justifies it. In this age of mass produced imported leather goods, it is rare to find hand-made bespoke items, crafted in North America using traditional methods and the very finest materials available. I read the reviews of others, saw the photos on this site, and decided to take a chance by ordering a minimalist pocket wallet in cordovan. Since I am critical on issues of quality, I was only cautiously optimistic that the product would meet the standard described in the reviews. A week after placing the order, the wallet arrived and it is outstanding. In every respect, this wallet meets and exceeds all expectations. The cordovan and the interior leather used is of the highest quality. The beautiful finished product shows all the hallmarks of meticulous hand production and attention to detail. This is apparent in the clean tight stitching, and the fine hand finishing of leather edges. I considered competitors’ products before placing the order, and the deciding factor for me was the hand-cutting and finishing, offered by J Michael leather-smith. You Will Not be disappointed.

  30. jess

    I live in Sydney.
    I received my pocket wallet in Black shell exterior with black calf interior and blue stitch… This is exactly what I wanted !!
    I am very happy with the quality and finish.
    J Micheal has replied promptly to my emails.
    Very highly recomended !!!

  31. jess

    I would have to say that J Michael is the best person to work with. I have never spoken to someone more informative and knowledgeable about their products. I ordered the Pocket Wallet in the Shell Cordovan leather…..the craftsmanship is unbelievable. I have never had such a high quality wallet and I have owned several wallets over the past several years. I will usually buy a new wallet every year and this wallet is by far the best wallet I have every owned. It is a perfect blend of form and function. The look and feel are utterly amazing. It is a small wallet yet it holds so many cards and it also holds a lot of cash (folded once….which I really love). I am definitely ordering more wallets from J Michael. Thanks again for such a great wallet!!

  32. jess

    I received my J MICHAEL ASHLAND pocket wallet in black shell today. IT IS STUNNING! The attention to detail with the stitching is pristine. I ordered it with blue stitching, so it looks like an evening out in black tie, very elegant color combination…When you receive your J Michael wallet the packaging is like gift wrap, literally speaking, plus a handwritten card, the “birth certificate” of your wallet that describes your new arrival. Excellent marketing! This is an elite minimalist carry. Get one!

  33. jess

    J Michael – just received the whiskey shell wallet and it is gorgeous! My second from you. The blue stitching is indeed a nice touch. The black shell I ordered last year is holding up splendidly and still looks new. High quality stuff and worth every penny. Looking forward to my next order. Thanks again.

  34. jess

    Thanks so much for the beautiful piece of work- the wallet is fantastic!

  35. jess

    I really like the chocolate shell pocket wallet, it is sharp . I think the leather will create a rich patina over time as it is worn . As I have said before, your quality and craftsmanship makes brand name wallets look inferior. For now, my wallet shopping craze has been satisfied. Lol !! Now I can direct my efforts toward telling my friends and family about your luxury US HANDMADE leather products.

  36. jess

    Got my wallet and I love it. One word: perfection. There’s nothing like a handmade leather wallet and this is the best I have seen. The details, the stitching, the leather (shell cordovan) smell, everything is fantastic. Thank you J Michael!

  37. jess

    Is it Christmas in here, or is it just me?! Once again, I am blown away by just how beautiful is! Finally “The Holy Grail” !! WOW!!!! The Shell wallet looks gorgeous! You were right, the Blue Shell with black interior looks awesome, and I even love the contrast on the card pocket with the Blue Shell. That Blue Shell is a beauty !!! Now, I can say my collection is complete. It needed a Shell wallet made by one of the very best, if not the BEST wallet makers / leather-smiths out there. I would highly recommend buying from J Michael Ashland. You won’t be disappointed. Trust me! He is one man operation. Everything he offers is handmade, with nothing but the best leather available, and craftsmanship and quality second to none, and…annnnd, its made right here in U. S. of A. You gotta love that!! I am one extremely happy customer, and glad I made the purchase. And I would do it again in a heart beat. Definitely a customer for life! I’ll be back !!

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