Craft & Design
Braithwaite wallets go “open source”

Back in late January, I did a guest blogging stint on Boing Boing. One of the things I wrote about was my new Braithwaite wallet, a beautiful laser-etched, Deco-inspired coat wallet (that I carry in my front pants pocket). In the comments to my post, one person remarked: “I can’t wait for someone to rip off these designs and sell them for cheaper.” Connor Ferster, the man behind the Braithwaite, didn’t take offense, he took it to heart. He decided to make all of their wallet designs (interiors and exteriors) available as free PDF downloads (measurements and all), licensed under Creative Commons. Anyone can download the designs and either make their own wallet, based on the Braithwaite pattern, or remix the designs and make their own (and yes even as a commercial product). I think this is a really smart thing to do. It’s going to get them far more publicity and good will than whatever they might lose in sales.

Connor also tells me about a new program they have to replace any wallet you buy from them, should your wallet ever get lost or stolen. But this offer is only good through April 22nd which is when they actually start shipping wallets (they’re still in a pre-order phase).

Braithwaite Wallets

18 thoughts on “Braithwaite wallets go “open source”

  1. ”Anyone can download the designs and either make their own wallet, ”

    is there a link for this? i had a look on their website but could not find any mention of patterns

  2. I’m looking for it, too, and haven’t found it. (But reading people’s reactions to a wallet has been interesting.

  3. just remember, if you ever give a wallet as a gift, put some cash in it… extremely bad luck to give an empty wallet as a gift.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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