The OHBA
Ultra-Thin
Calfskin Wallet
from Japan

Hugo JACOMET

The OHBA “Ultra-Thin Calfskin Wallet” from Japan

Gentlemen,

As we have enjoyed a “definite season” of Special Editions at Parisian Gentleman (i.e., products which you may buy direct from the manufacturer), we have decided to “wind-down” this era and include only items, from time to time, which we find to be particularly spectacular and hard (if not impossible) to find in retail.

One such item is the OHBA “Ultra-Thin Calfskin Wallet” sold direct from Japan. In case you are not already familiar, I hope you enjoy learning about this extraordinary company.

EDIT : Monday May 13th morning : Only 3 ultra-thin wallets with the blue accent lining are still available. 

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If I say the words “Japanese craftsman”, perhaps the image of a Shinken (also called a Samurai sword) flashes through your mind…or maybe the picture of a bespoke Japanese shoe stimulates the Pavlov reflex inside your mouth.

Step into the world of Japanese craftsmanship and it comes as no surprise to witness every gesture codified by the tradition of pursuing perfection.

No conversation exists about “compromise” and there is no hesitation in rejecting the slightest flaw. Even if this mentality sometimes verges insanity, the fervency of Japanese crafting won’t be denied.

The pioneers of OHBA are birthed into this culture, and adopt the same intention for correctness. And yes, it has been confirmed that the ‘Rejection Room’ of OHBA does not stand empty, and I admit to the fantasy of entering such a chamber and helping myself to a few forbidden items, destined to be either destroyed or to remain under guard.

OHBA

Everyone likes a good story, and anyone can conjure a tale to entice others.

But let’s be straight about OHBA. The family is particularly discreet, and barely speaks about their numerous accolades. Mikio Ohba founded the OHBA leather making brand in 1935, and indeed, the family’s Samurai roots may be traced back to more than 450 years, using specialized techniques to supply the “Daimyo” and their people with saddles, saddle bags, and the worldwide recognizable Samurai armour.

There is no need for flowery words, to say that the lifework of Mikio Ohba-san has been to preserve the Japanese leather making tradition, and uphold the historical skill-level of his craftsmen and women.

His motto: Finest craftsmanship, Finest materials, Simple elegant design.

Such is the complexity and simplicity of the Japanese way.

A LITTLE STORY ABOUT A BIG DEAL

Ohba’s first creation, the “Randoseru”, is what most of us would call a school bag.

However, in Japan, a school bag (backpack) can be so well-made, that it can withstand more than a decade of use by a student!

The delicious appearance of the Randoseru quickly caught the eyes of the Imperial family, and the famed Imperial school “Gakushuin”, as well as other elite schools such as Waseda and Keio, who chose OHBA as their exclusive supplier of school bags–which are still in demand to this day.

OHBA quickly became the purveyor to the Imperial family, supplying other creations such as the medicine carrying case for the Emperor.

Later, OHBA crafted briefcases, hand bags and wallets, either fully hand sewn or hand finished, made with the same unequalled attention to detail, pursuing the highest quality materials possible to source.

Today Mikio’s sons Hiro and Kozo hold close to the same principles that their farther set forth.

SPECIAL EDITION:  THE ULTRA THIN CALFSKIN WALLET

The 1149-BC is OHBA’s thinnest, long wallet.

The wallet has been designed to blend underneath elegant clothing such as a tailored jacket, in order to  stay hidden and preserve the line of the garment (which is, of course, a sine qua non for sartorial cognoscenti, especially for me as one who cannot bear any wallet, not even a card holder in my bespoke suit). What a relief to be able to carry at last a real wallet (and not an anorexic card holder) inside my chest pocket without compromising the fit of my suit coat/jacket and without damaging the work of my tailor. 

The wallet is made of precious, difficult-to-source high level calfskin, with a specially dyed kidskin leather used as an ‘accent lining’ to individualize the wallet and add to its beauty.

The wallet folds over itself and contains multiple slots for cards (Six one side, and Four on the other side, all covered by a layer of leather–making the cards close to invisible) but also for bills and receipts, serving as a superior and supremely elegant organization tool.

TWO MODELS EXCLUSIVELY FOR PG READERS

The two models available exclusively for PG Readers include two accent color choices on the wallet: BLUE accent-lining (only 12 wallets available) and RED accent-lining (only 24 wallets available).

MODEL ONE: The OHBA Ultra-Thin Calfskin Wallet with Blue-Accent Lining

This rare OHBA Ultra Thin Wallet with blue accent kidskin lining is offered at a price of €400.00,  with shipping included in the total price.

The wallet is sold directly through OHBA in Japan. This leather is strictly sourced from extremely high grade calfskin and is in very limited supply.

How to Purchase the Blue Ultra Thin Calfskin Wallet:

  • Click on the following link : PG ULTRA THIN WALLET
  • Select your accent-lining color
  • Pay either with PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
  • Allow 14 days or less for delivery (OHBA will not rush quality-checks, exact packaging, and double-verification of delivery information).

Although shipment is free, buyers are responsible for any customs & import/sales taxes or VAT that may apply.

EDIT : In some areas of the world, the payment link may not work, in this case contact directly ian@ohbacorp.com, he will take care of your order directly.

MODEL TWO: The OHBA Ultra-Thin Calfskin Wallet with Red-Accent Lining

This rare OHBA Ultra Thin Wallet with red accent kidskin lining is offered at a price of €400.00,  with shipping included in the total price.

The wallet is sold directly through OHBA in Japan. This leather is strictly sourced from extremely high grade calfskin and is in very limited supply.

How to Purchase the Red Ultra Thin Calfskin Wallet:

  • Click on the following link and scroll down : PG ULTRA THIN WALLET
  • Select your accent-lining color
  • Pay either with PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
  • Allow 14 days or less for delivery (OHBA will not rush quality-checks, exact packaging, and double-verification of delivery information).

Although shipment is free, buyers are responsible for any customs & import/sales taxes or VAT that may apply.

EDIT : In some areas of the world, the payment link may not work, in this case contact directly ian@ohbacorp.com, he will take care of your order directly.

A FINAL WORD

I can testify that I have been using this exact OHBA Ultra-Thin Calfskin wallet for almost a year, and it still looks new, only slightly more beautiful with a natural patina on a very special calfskin leather, which OHBA has sourced with stringent effort and care. The cardholder took a little while to break in, since the leather is extremely high grade and does not easily compromise its integrity. With reasonable care, I expect this wallet is likely to survive me…

For those who may have never had an experience with Japanese craftsmanship, allow me to explain that the quality of this beautiful wallet is easily on par with the most luxurious French brands–which are sold at twice if not three or four times this price. This is a once in a lifetime purchase.

As for me, there is no question, this is the wallet of my life.

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PG Limited Edition Ohba Ultra ThinWallet : PG ULTRA THIN WALLET

For any general questions, special requests or additional information needed, you may send a personal email to : ian@ohbacorp.com