Bellroy Micro Sleeve Review

The lovely people at Bellroy recently asked me if I’d like to take a look at their new Micro Sleeve wallet. Now as you know I have a minimal wallet habit and having been intrigued by the Micro Sleeve since it’s release I happily said yes.


I’ve been using the Bellroy Micro Sleeve as my “daily carry” (I know) and thought I’d share my thoughts with you dear reader.

Design and Construction

The Bellroy Micro Sleeve is designed to hold between two to four cards plus a few folded bank notes. At the moment I’m not travelling much, and only need to cary my bank card and my Drivers Licence for ID, which makes the Micro Sleeve just about perfect.

The Micro Sleeve has two slots on the outside for your cards and a single pocket in between for your cash – squeezing the ends of the Micro Sleeve opens up the cash pocket allowing easy access to your cash.

This design made me think of the simple coin pockets we had as kids back in the 70s day. Made from plastic, and generally branded with pictures the Smurfs or Snoopy, the top was kept closed by two flat steel springs, you squeezed the ends to open the pocket, which when you had finished would close with a snap somewhere between satisfying and terrifying in its ferocity.

I had initially assumed that the Micro Sleeve used a stiffener of some sort to create the spring loading of the cash slot, but after a couple of weeks in a moment of idle examination I noticed that it is in fact just leather.


The whole wallet is two sheets of leather folded and glued and sewn together, the springiness comes from the leather itself and the opening is controlled by a cleverly placed slit on each side of the inside of the wallet.

The only issue I have with the design isn’t really an issue with the design… It’s an issue I’ve mentioned before, the comedically large bank notes we have here in the UK requiring each note has to be folded three times for it to fit the Micro Sleeve cash slot. So when carrying more than a few notes the slim profile of the Micro Sleeve can be affected and we wouldn’t want that. The sooner cash is no longer required the better.


The Micro Sleeve is made from some of the nicest leather I’ve seen, I wonder if the quality and inherent stiffness of the leather is needed to facilitate the spring design and ensure it’s longevity.

I’ve been using the Micro Sleeve for four weeks or so and it’s wearing beautifully. I fully expect the outside to take on a lovely patina as it wears over time – a future candidate for Aged to Perfection.

The Colour

I usually buy black accessories, but you may remember I was really adventurous with the Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket and chose grey.

Bellroy have a lovely range of colours for the Micro Sleeve and so this time I went “full disco” and chose the frankly gorgeous Caramel.


Caramel is a beautiful colour and is twinned with a darker chocolate brown on the front of the wallet for a very stylish and classic combination. I chose Caramel as I hoped it would age nicely, adding depth of colour and based on the first few weeks it looks as though it will.

Final Thoughts

I have tried a number of slim or minimal wallets over the last few years and the Bellroy Micro Sleeve is without doubt the best designed, best constructed and frankly nicest of them all.

The simplicity, cleverness and elegance of the design of the Micro Sleeve make me love it even more.

If you are looking to slim your wallet I highly recommend the Bellroy Micro Sleeve, it’s a real beauty.

A Pub Run Like A Bank

I love this video, it really brings home the level of poor customer service so many people apparently accept from their banks, utility companies, service providers etc.

The Death of the Music Video Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

I thought the art of the music video was a dying a slow death as whenever I skip through the music channels I see formulaic videos of scantily clad women, blinged up artistes and borrowed Bentleys. But this lunchtime I’ve stumbled across two fantastic videos which suggest the stories of video’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The first is Voodoo Blood from Massive Attack which features an incredible performance from Rosamund Pike. This video is up there with UNKLE’s Rabbit In Your Headlights for disturbing subterranean visuals.

Next is Wide Open from The Chemical Brothers with Beck on vocals; one of the most engaging and clever pieces of work I’ve seen in a while – look for the Chemical’s very subtle cameo.

There is a fascinating making of video that shows how the effects were achieved and the amount of work that went into making this piece of art.

I find it interesting that both videos are from established artists who’ve been around since the heydays of the music video. It’s good to see there is still the desire to make something creative and compelling.

Jamie T – Sheila

I heard this track on the radio this morning, and was reminded of the great video featuring the wonderful Bob Hoskins.

Welcome to Cornwall

cornwall roadsign

Obviously Photoshopped but also so very true. Cornwall is one of my favourite places and to me the almost complete lack of phone and data coverage is a feature not an issue.

Visual Voicemail on EE

visual voicemail on ee

I’d always assumed that visual voicemail was an Apple invention, I hadn’t come across it before the launch of the iPhone and it seemed a classically Apple solution to a terrible experience, however Wikipedia suggests it predated the iPhone by some years. But I digress, can you digress in the first paragraph? Anyway, we continue…

When the iPhone launched in the UK it was exclusive to the O2 network, and my iPhone had been on O2 since the iPhone hit these shores in 2007. Unfortunately O2’s network has been overtaken by its competitors as the UK moves to 4G coverage and so last year I moved to EE.

Whilst I love EE’s coverage and speed I really missed visual voicemail, and tweeted to that end last week. I got a reply from O2 saying they missed me, um gee thanks, and from EE with a link to an article with instructions for enabling visual voicemail on your iPhone.

Why on earth this isn’t standard I cannot fathom, but all it takes to switch it on is texting ‘iPhone visual’ to 150 and et voila visual voicemail. Perfect.

Visual voicemail also works really nicely with my Apple Watch, so now I can listen to and manage my messages from the comfort of my wrist.