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Kicking Off: IronThread Wallets

As Herman Melville once said, “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” Indeed Richard Roedel’s book, The Polaris Effect, an overview of the loss of manufacturing jobs in the USA, is a mighty subject and has been a must read for anyone interested in the Made in America movement since it was published in 2012. That said, what do you do when your father writes a book with such seismic shock? Well, you start your own Made in America company.

Benjamin Roedel, Richard’s son, has just successfully funded his first project, the IRONTHREAD wallet. After looking long and hard, Benjamin could not find a wallet he liked so he decided to create his own. Working with a manufacturer in Los Angeles, they are using Horween leather, known for its quality and durability (sourced from Chicago). The wallets are being sewn together with NOMEX thread, the same thread used in garments for Race Car Drivers, First Responders and even Astronauts (werd!).

We are fans of slim wallets because you can fit in your business cards, subway pass, credit cards and i.d and not have your back pocket look like you are holding a box of Pop Tarts back there. Benjamin wanted a bespoke feel to the wallets so customers get to choose from four different threads and 12 different color options to have something unique to them. The $48 price tag ain’t bad either.

So go on and snatch one up, support America and get the new year started off right on the money.

Cator Sparks
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Cator Sparks was the Editor-in-Chief of The Manual from its launch in 2012 until 2018. Previously, Cator was covering…
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