Behind The Scenes: Making New Wallets

This is the aftermath of a wallet making session in the studio at Viva Paso. Lots of thin strips of vinyl, art prints, and magazine clippings. There’s an art project in there somewhere in that pile of colorful debris, but I haven’t figured out what that is yet. Alternative to packing peanuts, maybe? Not really an “art project” per se, but it’s something.


This is the stage just before sewing. There are 6 layers to these wallets and I hold them all together with paper clips so they don’t slip and slide all over the place when I start sewing them.

They look so much cleaner after sewing, but the big messy stack is probably cooler to see. After this stage is when I trim all the edges off, giving each wallet a clean smooth edge.

Big news over here. I hope you’re ready for it. The classic red Hunter S. Thompson wallet that I’ve been making for years is finally available in two more colors. I don’t know why it’s taken so long, but a few months ago a customer requested/suggested making orange or yellow. He had already purchased 2 (maybe 3) red ones and he loves the graphic (obviously) but didn’t want another red one. So, I took his suggestion and made both colors. Check em out!

If you’d like one they are both available on my site now. They are $16 each.
To order click one of the above photos or just click one of these:
Orange
Yellow
And, of course, the Red is still available too.

And if that’s enough, I also added two new Card Cases to the selection.

This one is called “Fluffle”, which is great word you don’t hear too often. A fluffle is a group of bunnies and who doesn’t love a group of bunnies? Nobody, that’s who! Crazy talk, I tell ya.

This one is called “Let’s Kick It.” The card cases are $13 each.
If you’d like to order one just click one of the photos above or use these links:
Fluffle
Let’s Kick It

As of right now I only have these 2 designs for card cases, but I have over 30 wallet designs. Here’s just a few of them from the batch I made the other night.

You can see all of the designs right here. Also, I almost don’t like to admit it, but January was sadly the worst month Viva Paso has ever experienced, so if you order a wallet it would be very much appreciated.

And before I forget, I would really love to get these wallets into some other shops. I’ve done wholesale with these in the past and would really like to get more involved in that world. So, if you own a shop or work at a shop or know any store that might be interested in selling these please let me know or send them my way.

Email or send me a DM on Instagram: @jeffclaassen

Thank you so much for your support!
– Jeff

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