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Living and working in New York City, I spent many days and hours looking for the perfect wallet.
After realizing my ideal wallet—made with quality, character, in a smart design—wasn't available, I purchased my first hide of leather and decided to jump all in.
With 9 months of wallet making, 7 wallet designs, and 1 legal suit pending, I launched waskerd.com.
After a grueling 22-month legal battle with Wrangler Apparel Corp., the Waskerd logo was officially registered as a federal trademark on the Principal Register. ® : )
We were invited to participate in the Vanguards Gallery at the MRket Show in NYC.
The Strayer was featured in Esquire's list of "Best Men's Wallets".
We collaborated with Zero Halliburton for their 75-year anniversary suitcase that was spotlighted at the grand opening of their flagship store on Madison Ave in NYC.
After months of preparation, we started selling wooden rings on the site. One year later the entire section was scrapped to keep our focus on wallets.
We participated in the Liberty Fairs Men's Show in NYC and collaborated with Naadam Cashmere for a limited edition wallet.
Featured by @instagrm on instagram for the #WHPthemakingof (Weekend Hashtag Project - The Making Of). My phone could barely handle the non-stop notifications that poured in for almost a week. (My Submission)
Determined to maintain the personal engagement with each customer and to keep all products hand-stitched, in-house, I hired the help of my mom and my good friend Anthony.
Collaborated with menswear artist Matthew "Sunflowerman" Miller for our first ever lookbook that we mailed to over 50 stores and publications along with detailed handwritten letters. See the pdf version here.
Deflated by the lack of responses to our lookbook that we invested so much time and energy into, we decided to pivot away from selling to stores and instead continue to focus on the individual customer.
We were overjoyed to welcome our daughter, Julia. Becoming a parent gave new meaning to life and new importance to Waskerd.
At every step in the journey, I try to remind myself that someday we will be looking back on this time and say "those were the days". We look forward to what is to come and try our best to enjoy each step along the way.
One day, while living in New York City and working in finance, I was sent home from work for not being "passionate" about my job. My boss gave me a blank piece of paper and told me to come back the next day with my dream job description. I returned the next day and gave the paper back to him—blank. Without thinking it all the way through. I had just quit my safe job.
Meanwhile, my friend Billy and I had been searching every store in NYC for a quality wallet that had character. Everything we saw was either too bulky and uncomfortable to carry, or it was made with cheap materials and lacked personality. Rather than giving up, we decided to turn to our sketchbooks.
When I was whittling wooden rings and selling them to the girls in middle school, I used my name spelled backwards as the business name (Wahskered). It seemed natural to keep the same name, but we decided to drop a few letters to make it easier to pronounce. Waskerd.
After many nights brainstorming on Billy's rooftop in Astoria, we sketched our ideal wallets, bought leather tools, and started crafting them (the Strayer for me & the Astoria for him). We were thrilled with the results and quickly learned we were onto something big. Was I passionate about wallets? I wasn't sure, but I knew doing something I cared about and could be proud of was more important to me than being "safe" and making lots of money in finance.
We made a stop motion video to announce the launch of Waskerd. It showcases one of the very first Astoria's with the very first hide of leather I purchased.
This was the second video we made. It explains the process of making a wallet. After punching tens of thousands of holes freehand, I started to develop carpal tunnel in my right hand. I had to eat my words from the video—in order to continue making leather goods longterm—I had templates made to reduce the number of holes I had to punch.
The collaboration with Zero Halliburton for their 75th anniversary was very exciting for us. It was an honor to be a part of the project and to have our collaborative suitcase spotlighted at the grand opening of their flagship store on Madison Ave in NYC.
Having a daughter has brought new meaning to life and new importance to Waskerd. From a business perspective, it has forced us to be more focused and more efficient. Here's one of my favorite photos of Julia when she could still fit in my lunch bag. The photo on the right is me, my lovely wife Mae, and Julia celebrating our first Mother's Day.