The day I decided I needed a little more organisation in my travelling life was the day a corrupt policeman tried to force a bribe out of us. We had been in South Africa less than half an hour when the cop pulled our car over, falsely accusing us of breaking some non-existent traffic law. He hadn’t reckoned on the calm determination of hubbie though, and eventually realising we weren’t about to pay his ‘fine’ he allowed us to continue. Yet he did win a small victory by asking to see passports and driving licences, which transformed our attitude of cool indifference into one of slight panic. Where on earth had we put all our documents? And why were they in about three different bags, one of which was in the boot of the car? Normally I live an immaculately organised existence, and am not accustomed to stressful flapping about. Yet there we were, all trace of our former confident demeanour thrown out of the window by one simple request.
We wouldn’t make that mistake again.
I like an element of luxury in every aspect of my travelling experiences, whether it is matching suitcases, a private transfer from the airport, or silken bedsheets at the hotel. My requirements for a travel document wallet were no different. It had to be stylish, practical, and sexy.
Which is precisely why the Torrino Luxury Leather Travel Wallet from Maxwell Scott Bags is now a constant companion on all our adventures.
The love affair began when it arrived in the post. Opening the beautifully presented package made me feel like I’d achieved entry into an exclusive club of sophisticated travellers. Was I really qualified to own something made from such high quality leather? You bet!
Maxwell Scott Bags
I’d always considered leather to be a little old fashioned and just for business people, but English company Maxwell Scott Bags have created a range of contemporary products suited to anyone with an inclination for luxury, style and individuality. Which is most of us, right? As they say themselves…
Maxwell Scott Bags reinterprets the art of leather craftsmanship for the modern day.
Yet it’s not just the product I love, it’s the story and ethos behind it.
Encounters with leather goods whilst travelling in Italy convinced Jacqueline, mother of company founder William Scott Forshaw, that there was a gap in the market for leather bags conceived of a fusion of fine Italian materials and innovative British design.
To stay true to traditional Italian production methods, all items at Maxwell Scott Bags are expertly hand-crafted in their tannery and workshop in the heart of Tuscany. The tannins used come from chestnut tree bark, which gives the leather it’s warm glow, and no chemicals are used in the process. All very natural and great for the environment. The craftsmen and women use tanning techniques passed down through generations in order to create the high quality leather, an artisan process which takes nearly six weeks. Good things clearly come to those who wait.
Their signature premium full-grain leather is so classy that it is only seen in the most prestigious fashion houses, and if it’s good enough for them… I also love the fact that the hides aren’t corrected before tanning, leaving natural marks and folds to give character and individuality to each and every piece.
Torrino Luxury Travel Wallet – our verdict
Not wanting to repeat our embarrassment in South Africa, hubbie and I put our new travel document wallet to the test on our latest trip to Morocco.
We visited the tanneries of Fes and Marrakech to discover a process similar to that behind our new best friend. Boy those guys work so hard softening and dying the leather, it looks like the toughest job in town and not the sweetest smelling either. It certainly made us appreciate all the effort and skill behind the finished products, whether from Italy, Morocco or elsewhere in the world.
The Torrino travel wallet has three internal sleeve pockets and is just the right size for passports, boarding passes, tickets and business cards. There is one external pouch to the rear, and popper fastening on the lid. The wallet dimensions are 23 x 1.6 x 16.3 cm (width, depth, height) and it weighs just 0.19 kg.
Hubbie and I argued a little over who would carry the travel wallet, both of us wanting to look the height of sophistication. I eventually gave in, privately reasoning that hubbie possibly needed a little more help in the style department than I did.
I have to admit a degree of smugness as we stood cool as cucumbers with our stylish accessory at the airport check-in desk whilst the other passengers fumbled around for their passports and flight details. We even got queue-jumped by the officials at one airport, no doubt because we looked the part!
The wallet is really tactile, elegant and smells glorious (unlike the tanneries we visited!), and slim enough to shove, sorry, place carefully, in a handbag.
What we loved
As well as being downright sexy, the leather travel wallet was practical and suited our needs perfectly. It’s also really durable (important if it’s going to survive the deserts, mountains and jungles that feature so often in our adventures!) and even comes with a 25 year guarantee. We live in a disposable lifestyle world, so it’s refreshing to have a product that will probably outlive us, and may even be passed down through the generations rather than being thrown away.
What wasn’t so great
The only frustration was that the wallet was fractionally too small to carry A5 documents without having to stuff them in tightly, but in time the leather will give so this shouldn’t be an issue in the future.
Many travel document holders come with small pockets or sealed compartments for small bits and pieces such as coins and cards, yet I feel the simplicity of the Torrino wallet is it’s forte. Bells and whistles would only detract from the appearance, and if you don’t like to carry a separate purse, you can always keep your pocket money in your sock like the elderly dude sitting next to us on the plane did.
I’m an accessories kinda girl, and have an entire wardrobe dedicated to good-looking things that I don’t really need, so it’s great to actually have something both classy as well as useful for a change. It’s safe to say I totally love our Torrino Travel Wallet and would definitely recommend one for any discerning traveller.
Thanks to William at Maxwell Scott Bags for our lovely complimentary travel Wallet. As always, words and opinions remain my own.
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