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CLASSIC WALLET No. 101 | Walnut Leather

Product Code: ZZSPW101

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Product Features

  • 4.25" x 3.5"
    • Most popular best selling style
      • Eight credit card pockets
        • Leather lined currency divider
          • Two extra pockets can hold additional cards or receipts

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Product Description

The epitome of Ghurka craftsmanship, the Classic Wallet No. 101 combines sophisticated style and unrelenting strength to produce this best-selling silhouette of leather wallets. Reinforced stitching lines the exterior of the bi-fold shape, skillfully contouring each edge for added strength and fluidity in design. Built to secure all of your credit cards, IDs, photos and currency with intelligent practicality, the Classic Wallet No. 101 is outfitted with eight, individual, interior pockets ideal for easy organization. A large, interior, currency pocket is also included to house Dollars, Euros and everything in between, giving you the opportunity to skillfully secure your international currency with ease as well.

Product Specifications

  • 4.25" x 3.5"
    • Most popular best selling style
      • Eight credit card pockets
        • Leather lined currency divider
          • Two extra pockets can hold additional cards or receipts

Stories

More Than a Wallet

While every product bearing the Ghurka medallion is specially handcrafted to withstand a lifetime of regular and adventurous use, there is one piece that will be called upon for duty far more than any other. While a favored leather briefcase will get the weekend off, and even the most intrepid traveler will occasionally store his bags, only one leather good is carried day in and day out, bereft of which our collector would never feel complete: his Ghurka wallet. Our founder Marley Hodgson understood the importance of the wallet to our brand. Not only was it a small item that would have to hold up to being handled thousands of times, it was an essential leather good that was often gifted, and it would, for many, be the first of our items ...
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While every product bearing the Ghurka medallion is specially handcrafted to withstand a lifetime of regular and adventurous use, there is one piece that will be called upon for duty far more than any other. While a favored leather briefcase will get the weekend off, and even the most intrepid traveler will occasionally store his bags, only one leather good is carried day in and day out, bereft of which our collector would never feel complete: his Ghurka wallet. Our founder Marley Hodgson understood the importance of the wallet to our brand. Not only was it a small item that would have to hold up to being handled thousands of times, it was an essential leather good that was often gifted, and it would, for many, be the first of our items they would own - the gateway Ghurka. , Thus, it was decided that any wallet that was to carry the Ghurka name needed to be the finest handcrafted leather wallet in the world.,  In his typical fashion, Marley set out to find just that. The journey eventually lead to a small workshop in southern Europe, where he discovered a group of skilled craftsmen who were producing the most perfect wallet he had ever seen - 29 separate pieces of the highest grade leather, hand stitched, with each edge contoured and reinforced for ultimate strength and durability. Eight credit card and ID pockets, two additional interior compartments, and a deep billfold in a supple but sturdy leather meant to mold to the owner’s unique form, this wallet became known as the Ghurka Classic no. 101. The range of Ghurka wallets has since grown to satisfy a wide variety of evolving needs.,  For those that like to keep it minimal, we have our Business Card Holder, our leather sheathed Money Clip, our Credit Card Case, and a slimmer version of our Classic. historis , For those with a bit more to organize, we offer our Breast Pocket Wallet.,  For the frequent transatlantic traveler we have the International Wallet with a deeper billfold for a variety of currency, our Passport Wallet, and our largest - the Zippered Travel Wallet. Regardless of which is right for you, you can be sure they are all handcrafted with the same quality and attention to detail as our very first Classic, because they are made in that same small workshop.,  Why?,  Because that’s who makes the best wallets in the world, and those are the only kind that we will ever sell.
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The Wallet Story

Ghurka's leather gear accompanies our loyal fans around the globe. A particular well-traveled enthusiast recently posted his trusted wallet to Ghurka "after 18 years of service" accompanied by this note. Enjoy his story: "I am writing this today to compliment your company on the quality of its merchandise. I have purchased several items from Ghurka over the past 20 years and have always been tremendously impressed with the quality, workmanship, style, and durability of your company's products. A case in point is the enclosed wallet. I received this wallet for my 20th birthday in 1987. Several days ago for my 38th birthday my family decided to finally replace the old Ghurka wallet with a new Ghurka wallet. It may sound insane, but I do...
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Ghurka's leather gear accompanies our loyal fans around the globe. A particular well-traveled enthusiast recently posted his trusted wallet to Ghurka "after 18 years of service" accompanied by this note. Enjoy his story: "I am writing this today to compliment your company on the quality of its merchandise. I have purchased several items from Ghurka over the past 20 years and have always been tremendously impressed with the quality, workmanship, style, and durability of your company's products. A case in point is the enclosed wallet. I received this wallet for my 20th birthday in 1987. Several days ago for my 38th birthday my family decided to finally replace the old Ghurka wallet with a new Ghurka wallet. It may sound insane, but I do have an emotional tie to my old wallet and decided that the only way to properly dispose of it was to send it to its source. I feel this is a more distinguished form of disposal and the only way I will reluctantly release it from my possession. This wallet was with me through college and through the first half of my career. In its 18 years with me it has been lost and found several times. It has been dropped in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world. It has visited Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, the Caribbean, South America, Canada, and Mexico, not to mention almost all of the 50 United States. It has seen me through many ups and downs over the past 18 years. Through all of the trials and tribulations of 18 years of life, my Ghurka has served me exceedingly well. Thank you for designing and manufacturing such a superior product. I am looking forward to another 18 years of life with my new Ghurka wallet."
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Lost love, my wallet

My Wallet (Circa 1999 - 2015) I can't remember exactly when or where I got my Ghurkha card case but I know it dates to just before the turn of the (21st) century.,  When I look back at all the places we have been together, how we aged together and how it was always there for me I can't help be feel overwhelmed by it's loss. Recently after so many years together I lost my wallet somewhere between the deli across the street and my office which is all of about 500 paces or so.,  When I realized it was missing I panicked.,  I retraced my steps time and again.,  I called the deli every few hours to see if anyone had turned it in.,  No one did. When I told friends and colleagues of my loss they commiserated with me about the difficu...
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My Wallet (Circa 1999 - 2015) I can't remember exactly when or where I got my Ghurkha card case but I know it dates to just before the turn of the (21st) century.,  When I look back at all the places we have been together, how we aged together and how it was always there for me I can't help be feel overwhelmed by it's loss. Recently after so many years together I lost my wallet somewhere between the deli across the street and my office which is all of about 500 paces or so.,  When I realized it was missing I panicked.,  I retraced my steps time and again.,  I called the deli every few hours to see if anyone had turned it in.,  No one did. When I told friends and colleagues of my loss they commiserated with me about the difficulty of obtaining new credit cards and licenses.,  What they couldn't understand was that none of that mattered to me.,  All new cards were in my possession within a day or two.,  The difficulty would be in replacing the 16 years of aging I had spent with that wallet. As my hair lightened and started to show its grey, my wallet changed its appearance too.,  Starting out as the most beautiful light chestnut brown coloring my wallet darkened as the years went on.,  When you looked inside of the wallet at the areas that infrequently had been touched or exposed you could still see that beautiful shade of chestnut.,  The oils rubbing off from my skin moisturized the leather to a point of smoothness that can only happen with years of age.,  The imprint of my credit cards showed on both sides of the wallet from years of being tucked in the same slots every day.,  I could literally read the numbers off the wallet if I had too. To be honest I'd tried to replace the wallet in the past.,  I'd thought to myself, it's time to make a change.,  I had no good reason.,  The leather was still in perfect condition.,  Every stitch still holding tight.,  I tried a few other wallets over the years. This one was too big, this one too stiff, that one too brown.,  They were never right.,  It was always only a day or two and I was always back to my Ghurkha wallet. I'm not sure what compelled me to always switch back so quickly.,  Was it the beauty of the well-aged leather?,  The perfect way it fit everything I always needed and nothing more?,  Or was it the history together?,  The fact that it had seen me through my graduations, my wedding, the birth of my son. So now I find myself returning once again to make a choice which is forced upon me this time.,  I have tried out two or three wallets since my loss and find myself looking for something familiar, something that will carry me through my sons graduations, his wedding and the birth of his children.,  I know my new Ghurkha wallet will always be there for me for all the important life events to come.  
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Burger Kings: Ghurka Visits Louis Lunch

  One day in the year 1900 a man dashed into a small New Haven luncheonette and asked for a quick meal that he could eat on the run.,  Louis Lassen, the establishment’s owner, hurriedly sandwiched a broiled beef patty between two slices of bread and sent the customer on his way, so the story goes, with America's first Hamburger.” This is the story shared with us by Jeff Lassen, fourth-generation owner of Louis Lunch, the legendary eatery made famous by the incident above.,  Over a Birch Beer, and with the charming salt-of-the-earth spirit only a true New Englander could tell a story, Lassen shared the landmark’s...
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  One day in the year 1900 a man dashed into a small New Haven luncheonette and asked for a quick meal that he could eat on the run.,  Louis Lassen, the establishment’s owner, hurriedly sandwiched a broiled beef patty between two slices of bread and sent the customer on his way, so the story goes, with America's first Hamburger.” This is the story shared with us by Jeff Lassen, fourth-generation owner of Louis Lunch, the legendary eatery made famous by the incident above.,  Over a Birch Beer, and with the charming salt-of-the-earth spirit only a true New Englander could tell a story, Lassen shared the landmark’s humble beginnings as a horse-drawn lunch wagon in 1895.,  Twenty years later, the cart selling steak and potatoes found a permanent home on the corner of George and Temple Streets, in the shade of the Yale University campus.,  There, nestled in a tiny former tannery the size of most people's carports, sat what Lassen calls a little bite of history. Nestled, that was, until New Haven's urban renewal movement of the 1960’s and 70’s threatened Louis Lunch with the development of a high rise in its location.,  As fate would have it, the story of the impending tear-down was published by the Tampa Times.,  Upon reading this, a Florida woman contacted the Lassens and offered up a small parcel of land she owned at Crown and College Streets as an alternative location.,  One week before the demolition was scheduled to take place, Louis’ Lunch had found a new home.,  With community support the edifice was lifted off its foundation and relocated to its current site.,  Lassen’s father Ken successfully petitioned for landmark status in 1965 and added a small extension to the building using bricks that had been collected from all the demolished mom-and-pop establishments that hadn’t been so lucky.,  Today these bricks, and others that have been donated from all over the world, make up the walls of the dining area, the newest of which was received from Benjamin Franklin’s gravesite. Now about the food”¦ In classic Connecticut style, Louis’ Lunch keeps it simple and straightforward.,  Burgers tomatoes, cheese, or onions only on toasted white bread, no condiments, period.,  But trust us, this is all you need.,  One bite of Lassen’s burger confirmed this.,  The proprietary blend of five meats, ground daily on site, and cooked in original century-old cast iron grills (only 9 at a time) is the only secret the purist Lassen claims to keep.,  “It’s all about the meat.”,  New Haveners would agree; it’s not unusual to see a crowd waiting up to an hour for one of the deftly grilled patties, though the average is 5-15 minutes.,  Potato salads and pies are made by Jeff’s mom and wife, and the employees are all friends and family, shared “Paul”, a Louis' Lunch vet of twenty years. When asked about the lack of Coca Cola, Lassed explains matter-of-factly that during the Great Depression his great grandfather called Coke for a refill and was priced out (it was selling on the black market for exorbitant prices) so he moved to Pepsi products.,  Currently you can get Foxcon Park sodas, Snapple teas, and Pepsi. “How do you know when the burger is ready?” was our last question to the ever-patient Jeff.,  “Practice,” he says.,  Well, the Lassens certainly have had enough of that. Visit Louis' Lunch and explore the Yale campus like a native with the, Blazer Backpack. Louis Lunch 261-263 Crown Street New Haven, CT 06510 (203) 562-5507 www.louislunch.com      
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Driving Tunes: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Our neverending quest for adventure means that we’re great fans of the roadtrip. Whether a quick weekend getaway or a trek across countries, exploring the open road is one of our favorite ways to spend our time. There are a number of ingredients to the perfect roadtrip-the right car, the right company, the right route, the right destination, and the right music. As to the latter, we are constantly in search of what we consider “perfect albums.” Albums which, from beginning to end, don’t contain a single bad song. They’re rare to find, which makes them worth noting. Our first perfect album is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle. Granted, a greatest hits compilation is cheating slightly, but putting together a c...
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Our neverending quest for adventure means that we’re great fans of the roadtrip. Whether a quick weekend getaway or a trek across countries, exploring the open road is one of our favorite ways to spend our time. There are a number of ingredients to the perfect roadtrip-the right car, the right company, the right route, the right destination, and the right music. As to the latter, we are constantly in search of what we consider “perfect albums.” Albums which, from beginning to end, don’t contain a single bad song. They’re rare to find, which makes them worth noting. Our first perfect album is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle. Granted, a greatest hits compilation is cheating slightly, but putting together a collection of 20 tracks without a turkey in the bunch is no mean feat, particularly for a band that only released music for four years. , Creedence has a unique sound which is a bit hard to describe- critics often use the terms “swamp rock” or “Southern rock”- though the bands roots are solidly in the San Francsico bay area. Reagardless of what you label it, one thing is undeniable- this is great driving music. The album opens with the drum beat and guitar licks of their cover of Dale Hawkins’ “Suzy Q” and follows with another cover, this one Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You”. The 20 songs on Chronicle are arranged in the order of which they were released by the band, so these two opening covers serve to show the music that would inspire the originals to follow- bluesy, grungy tracks driven by the drums and guitar, the type of songs that find you tapping out the beat on the steering wheel and laying on the throttle just a little more. The remainder of the album, save for an epic 11 minute cover of Norman Whitfield’s “I Heard It Though The Grapevine” which in shorter forms was also a hit for Gladys Knight & The Pips and Marvin Gaye, was written completely John Fogerty. While the other members included Fogerty’s brother Tom on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Stu Cooke on bass, and Doug Clifford on drums, CCR was very much lead singer and guitarist John Fogerty’s band. The tracks range from quintessential road songs “Lodi” and “Traveling Band” and politically charged “Fortunate Son” and “Run Through The Jungle” both inspired by Fogerty’s time in the Army- to ballads “Long As I Can See The Light”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”, and “Someday Never Comes”. CCR’s first original single and the album’s third song “Proud Mary” would later be covered by more than a hundred artists, most notably Ike and Tina Turner, and fast paced scorchers like “Bad Moon Rising”, “Commotion”, and “Sweet Hitchhiker” display four California boys giving a more authentic display of Southern tinged Rock N’ Roll than most bands born below the Mason Dixon could muster. Any of these songs would stand up on their own, but the collection as a whole creates a rich swamp rock tapestry that propels you down the blacktop, the perfect soundtrack to go and “chase tomorrow” as Fogerty puts it in “Hey Tonight.” So the next time the highway calls you, pick a spot, pack your necessities in one of our HOLDALL no. 101 dopp kits, toss it in the trunk, crank Chronicle on the stereo and hit the road.
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Ghurka Features

  • Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.

  • Our Leather

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    Our Leather

    Ghurka leather is never pretreated to remove any flaws, we must begin by using the most naturally flawless hides available. While we utilize a variety of leather types based on which is best suited to a particular product, the majority of our goods are made from French calfskin. Calfskin has a finer grain and softer feel than traditional cowhide as the younger age of the animal brings less exposure to the harsh elements, the main cause of imperfection. French calfskin in particular is considered the finest in the world due to the fact that farms in France do not use barbed wire, one of the leading causes of mars and scratches. As no two skins are completely alike, each and every handcrafted leather Ghurka product will have an individual character that adds to its unique patina as it ages.

  • The Stitching

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    The Stitching

    We use an extra-thick spun nylon that should never snap or fray, and all of our craftsmen ensure that each and every piece is stitched to our exacting standards. A careful review of any two parts of a Ghurka leather luggage piece will reveal exactly the same number of stitches per inch, a requirement for anything that leaves our workshop. The placement of these stitches is equally exact, precisely laid out to the millimeter to ensure that every bit of leather is assembled to last a lifetime.

  • The Brass

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    show less

    The Brass

    Brass is the only metal we've found that offers the strength, durability, and reliability that have become our hallmark. Every single piece of our hardware - from zippers, buckles, and hooks to the smallest of snaps and rivets are made solely from this rugged and beautiful material. A great deal of time and expense has been invested in perfecting our brass zippers. Every single tooth is individually machined and polished to ensure flawless operation after years of continuous use. And since all of our leather briefcase and leather travel bag hardware is solid brass and never plated, it too will develop a unique character and patina as it ages alongside our famous leather.

  • The Process

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    show less

    The Process

    Since our founding, Ghurka has set out to manufacture the highest handcrafted leather goods available in the U.S. This has always begun with using only the finest hides in the world. While there are endless varieties of leather available, only a handful pass the rigorous selection process required to bear the Ghurka medallion. Likewise, our signature solid brass hardware and trademark stitching process ensure that our bags deliver an unparalleled owner experience and lifetime of use.