Recent years have seen a resurgence of the long wallets, or trucker wallets, that were popular in the 1950’s. Though obviously one badass piece of everyday carry, there was actually a purpose for the elongated design.
Trucker Wallet 101
Around midcentury, and also the time that credit cards were invented, truckers were offered discounts on fuel at gas stations if they paid with cash. Well, in order to trek the amount of miles required as a trucker, a lot of fuel is needed, and therefore, a lot of cash.
With the design of the standard billfold doubling the bills over and adding increased thickness to the wallet, it simply wasn’t feasible for a trucker to pack the money in (sorry Costanza). Manufacturers began introducing a longer wallet that allowed truckers to store their cash in a way that wouldn’t fold the bills over enabling them to carry more.
In addition to the no-fold design, trucker wallets also came equipped with a chain, which served several purposes. First, due to the voluminous amount of cash, it became a pain in the ass (no pun intended) for truckers to keep their wallet in their back pockets while driving. The chain allowed them to take the wallet out of the pants without having to worry about where they put it or if they left it behind. Additionally, with the chain attached to a truckers belt loop, pickpockets and thieves would have a much more difficult time making off with a quick payday.
The Chain Wallet: A Biker Staple
Though the days of cash discounts for gas have disappeared, the trucker wallet continues to be a popular style for men. After the fad wore off for truckers, motorcyclists adopted the style as their own, specifically for the chain feature. Due to the fact that a lot of bikers were having a hard time securing their wallets on the road, the chain ensured that the wallet wouldn’t fall out while on the road…or in a bar fight.
And with that, the long wallet was born. Made from Hermann Oak veg-tan leather, and Wickett and Craig English bridle leather, our Eastwood
wallets serve our take on the trucker.