September 23, 2021

The Future of the Clear Organizer Wallet

The Future of the Clear Organizer Wallet

Folks had asked us to film a new video showing off the features and use of the Clear Organizer Wallet (COW) — we filmed this reel before the COW was restocked on 8/30 and sold out same day, which caught us by surprise. 

But there's two videos below: first up is the video you asked us to make. Second is a video that shows off two new potential versions of the Clear Organizer Wallet. You see, we're totally out of the brown suede material to make the dividers as we did in the last batch, and we're now looking at two different options: Texon or Black microsuede. 

We want your feedback on the two options — which would you prefer and why? — so be sure to share it in the comments. 


So, to recap from the beginning: after we retired our Clear Organizer Wallet, many of you asked us to offer another production run. We did, and it sold out quickly. Since it'd be annoying of us not to offer another run (not everyone was able to have a COW, man) we're going to make more, but here's the thing: we're out of the brown synthetic suede that we used to make the dividers of the last batch. The good news is that we have two other options, but the bad news is we can't decide which we like best: it's 50/50 here amongst the crew. 

First option is: Texon. Texon is the material used to make the accessory strap holders on The Guide's Pack and Guide's Edition Syniks, Synapses. It's a stiff, durable, high quality faux leather/felt. Those of us who prefer the Texon dividers prefer them because they are stiff: it's easier to thumb through the dividers, and the wallet overall is stiffer and has more structure. 

Second option is: Black Microsuede. Also a high-quality faux material, this suede is perhaps just a little softer than the previous synthetic suedes used for the COW. Those of us here at TB who prefer this option like it because of the softness: this version of the COW is much more comfortable carried in pants pockets.

Based on the video and our descriptions above, which option would you prefer and why? Note: while this isn't a poll or vote (we gather feedback from many online spaces, as well as crew, friends, and family in-person) we will consider the feedback shared as we decide which material to use on the next run of COWs!


Melissa - July 8, 2023

I came to this post hoping to learn that the COW was going to be brought back. Huge sadness that this is not the case. I know you guys know your business, but if the previous limited runs sold out in a flash each time, I think that’s a pretty good indication that it will SELL if you bring it back! And if you cannot get the exact kind of inner material that your sourced before, I bet you’re clever enough to find a good substitute. Pretty please with a YKK on top?

Sippie - December 28, 2022

Microsuede please!
Still dreaming of a COW return to stock. Just came to say hi and I hope you make a HUGE batch next time xx

hhw - November 16, 2022

I LOVE my C.O.W. – I’ve been using the same one forever (I tried to figure out when I bought it – at least 10 years ago? 15?) Last year the clear plastic finally wore out enough to tear a little and I slapped some packing tape over it, but it is time to replace. Sorry to see it’s not currently in production as of Nov 2022, but I will eagerly await its next return. I have no preference regarding materials; I just find having 3 little compartments protected by a zipped closure ideal. one each for coins, bills, and cards. No other minimalist wallet I’ve found provides this configuration. Thanks for designing it!

sf-dre - September 20, 2022

Late to the party, was browsing the wallets and want something which has a small footprint and can hold bills/cards/coins. If you’re still taking votes, microsuede. I like the idea of a Ghost Whale with dividers, since I can take or leave the clear front.

Matty - August 12, 2022

Another vote for microsuede here, as well! And while we’re on the topic - it’s been about five months since the last post on this thread. Any updates on availability and exterior materials/color options? Thank you!!
TOM BIHN replied:
Hi Matty! We were able to do some batches of Microsuede and Texon back in 2021, but since then haven’t been able to source a new inner material consistently. At this time, we don’t plan to retire the Clear Organizer Wallet, but don’t have any plans for new batches either.

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