FEATURED IN: ALL THE WALLETS
Back in 2020, we wrote an article compiling some of the most expensive wallets in the world. This article ranged from prices anywhere from a few thousand dollars all the way up to the most expensive, The Stefanco Ricci Wallet, which cost a mammoth $38,000. An incredible price but nothing out of the ordinary for a designer brand like Stefanco.
But today we’ve got a new kid on the block. A new independent wallet brand that has created an array of wallets that, at its most expensive, reach prices that far exceed anything we’ve seen from most independent wallet brands – Meet Bejeti. Let’s now take a look at who Bejeti are, what they aim to achieve, and what makes their wallets worth up to $30,000.
Bejeti has a philosophy of creating wallets from materials that are some of the most limited and exquisite in the world. Their current range of materials includes a range of Damascus metals, recycled polystyrenes, and their signature wallet made from authentic meteorites.
With its founder Eduardo D. Sande having a background in manufacturing and a passion for design, the Bejeti brand is built upon the idea of utilizing uncompromising processing techniques developed by highly-skilled artisans, creating one-of-a-kind unique wallets that stand the test of time, and each unique in their own right.
Each wallet from Bejeti is handcrafted within in the USA, and built with sustainability in mind. Bejeti also has a multi-layered counterfeit prevention system meaning purchasers of these unique wallets can be confident that their wallets remain unique, a one-off heirloom, authentic, and completely individual to you.
Look & Design
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on any of the Bejeti Wallets (you can imagine why) but we did reach out to Bejeti to ask for more information about the design, and functionality of each wallet. They were happy to provide more information regarding the exact specifications of their wallets.
The first thing to note is each wallet’s design. The Bejeti Wallets are designed with a classic plate system where two pieces of material hold and secure cards between them. Other popular wallets in this style include the famous Ridge Wallet, Omega Titanium, and Celtic Shell Wallet, and its most commonly used to reduce bulk, creating an ultra-thin compact wallet.
The two plates are held together by some silicone bands and allow for the plates to be easily prized open for easy access to your credit/debit cards. You may have noticed the triangular cutout in the center of the wallet. While also a lovely little design, it actually also functions are a quick access slot for your cards. You can use a thumb or finger to push cards out from the bottom for easier access – a nice little detail.
The different Models available by Bejeti are all unique and distinct and you’ll most likely never see another brand sell any wallet made from such distinct materials. As previously mentioned above, these materials include the following:
Meteorite (The Planetesimal Wallet): The flagship wallet from Bejeti. The Meteorite used by Bejeti is a combination alloy of iron and nickel and Radiometric dating places its age at roughly 4 – 4.5 billion years old. The distinct texture and color of the wallet cannot be understated. Its unique triangular pattern gives it a futuristic look very in tune with the composition of the material while its varying colorations from dark grays to almost golden or brass tones.
Damascus (Steel): Hand-forged in the USA, Damascus Steel is an unusual type of metal defined by its difficulty in craftsmanship, but incredibly durability if it can be achieved. Bejeti actually has two different wallets in their range each with distinct designs. The Artificer (with a Mosaic design), and The Hephaestus (paying homage to the Greek god of fire with a circular pattern).
Recycled Polystyrenes: This is where Bejeti’s sustainability efforts really shine. Polystyrenes is a fancy word for plastic and with 8 million tons of plastic ending in our oceans, each year recycling it into an innovative and attractive wallet is a novel use to reduce its abundance in our oceans.
Functionality & Utility
Aside from the aesthetics of the wallet the Bejeti range still needs to act as, well, a functional wallet. Luckily as with the craftsmanship of each wallet, Bejeti has done a great job of creating a highly functional minimalist-sized wallet.
The previously mentioned internal plates are all comprised of space-grade pure titanium (which naturally shields RFID), while our removable money clips are made from proprietary alloy steel that provides strength and rigidity for carrying extra cash on person.
One of the highly engineered components of every Bejeti wallet is its silicone bands. Silicone, a synthetic elastomer, was selected for the Bejeti wallets due to its extraordinary elasticity, retention of flexibility, and low compression set in extreme hot and cold conditions, and for its hypoallergenic property against the human skin.
The Bejeti Silicone Bands are designed to hold as few as one card in place, or as many as fifteen, should you choose so with your wallet. The reverse side of the wallet hosts a metal money clip on the back. This acts as a secure way to store any or all of your physical banknotes, folded and neatly tucked under the clip.
So what do I think of Bejeti and their wallets? Overall, I’m highly impressed by everything I’ve been able to gauge from this amazing little boutique manufacturer and brand. They serve a very niche market and this review isn’t anything more than a deep dive into the more luxury side of the wallet market. I’ll never be able to afford any of these wallets, but that’s beside the point.
Bejeti is creating something truly unique and different, creating wallets from materials never before seen in designs that stand out. I really envy Bejeti for this, combined with their stance and efforts in sustainability. If you’re in the unique positive where a Bejeti Wallet is within your price range then I’d say you could do a lot worst in considering a small independent brand (as opposed to a large multi-national designer brand). You’re going to get better quality, better craftsmanship, and a guaranteed more sustainable product – it’s a no-brainer in my opinion.