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I've had a real leather passport holder for the past five years. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it is currently on Amazon for just £2.45 - which is a very good price I think. My passport looks exactly as it does in the photo above, except that it is a salmon pink colour which was just more attractive to me than the plain black or blue.
The passport holder is made of pink leather and it embossed on the front with the emblem and title of the the United Kingdom or Great Britain and Nothern Ireland. The embossed detail is in a shiny gold and complements the pink nicely. I wouldn't say the leather is of the best quality as it is not particularly soft, and neither is the suede, but it certainly has the leathery smell. The stitching isn't that great either and it does look like this was an item that's been mass produced by machine, but having said that the holder has not frayed or come unstitched over the past five years.
The passport does slot inside easily and can also be removed from the holder easily - which is important as you need to remove it whenever going through passport control. Having said that, it really is simply an aesthetic gadget because it's not really necessary to keep your passport inside a leather holder as they are pretty robust these days and really don't need that kind go protection.
Overall, I think the passport holder is quite cute, but it is not brilliantly made. I suspect there are much better products out there on the market, but for £2.45 what can you expect.
As I look at the young attractive man whose photo appears in the back of my passport, I realise that my 10 year passport is due to expire in June 2012. In cheese terms, I have developed into an extra mature. I've gone a bit crusty and a bit smelly and for most cheese lovers, I am past my best.
Pause for introspective interlude...........time passes.......tears are shed......woe, woe and thrice woe!
Never mind... let's move on. I vividly remember treating myself and my wife to brand spanking new passport holders when we first got these passports nine years ago. We got them in matching blue and took advantage of a special deal at the time for free stamping of our initials in the bottom right hand corner of the front face.
Now, some 9 years later they still look pretty much brand new and also importantly, they have proven themselves fit for purpose because the passport documents themselves are well-protected inside and are also therefore in pristine condition.
Thinks: Maybe if I had protected myself in a leather holder, I wouldn't have aged as much?
The holders are a perfect fit in that you slide your normal passport inside, securing the front and back pages behind the flaps, allowing passport officers to easily access all pages of the document so that they can stamp their funny little stamps in their idiosyncratic upside down and sideways manner (grrrr!) and check that you are a reasonable likeness of your passport photo.
The holders are well stitched with close neat stitching. On the front is the emblem, including those time honoured phrases "Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense" and "Dieu et Mon Droit" (Bleeding French pop up everywhere, don't they), picked out in a nice contrasting gilt colour. None of this has come off or faded in any way. The front corners are also strengthened with silver coloured metal corners and this has helped the whole thing keep is shape.
You can get cheap passport holders in Poundland and the like, but there's something rather nice about having a decent quality leather one. It smells good, apart from anything else, and it's built to last.
Considering that these have lasted as long as they have and are expected to last as long as we need them to, the initial price of £2.50 each is well worth the money. I think I paid a fiver each when we got them, but they're still worth it.
Years ago I was going away for my 18th birthday. My boyfriend (of the time) had a really sweet nanna and she gave me a real leather passprt holder. Fast forward to today and I still use that passprt holder, not only to hold my passport but that of my hubby and two children.
This passport holder is something which I find beyond value when I am travelling. It is sturdy and the leather is really hard wearing. When opened it has two inside sleeves. I fit two passports into each sleeve. I find that this is very adequate in keeping all the passports together. Also the leather cover is great for protecting the passports from any spillages or damage.
There is nothing worse when going to the airport and frantically searching in your travel bag for your passports. With this passport holder, I am thankful, as I never experience that rush of adrenaline as I know that all the passports are all together. Also when we are going through passport control, It makes everything much more simple using this passport holder.
Despite using this passport holder for a number of years, I can honestly say that there is no signs of deterioration. The stitching is still as new and it remains very strong. It hasn't lost it's colour as the leather hasn't faded at all. I am really impressed with it's quality.
I am sure that this passport holder wouldn't have been expensive. But it has certainly been an excellent product which has proved it's worth ten fold. For anyone who is thinking about purchasing a leather passport holder, I would most certainly recommend that you do. It makes the travelling process so much more convenient. It reduces the risks of you misplacing your passport as the holder is quite bulky. I love mine and will continue to use it on my annual holiday abroad.
Recently I was off work for several months with a slipped disc. Despite the fact that she lived forty-odd difficult miles away from me, my mum was really great at coming up to see me, bringing me magazines and fruit etc. I decided to get her a present to say thanks, and seeing as how she was planning a holiday to Madagascar, I decided to get her a real leather passport holder.
I have never really had need of one of these myself, seeing as how my utter terror of planes prevents me from most foreign travel. I fly if I have to, eg for work or emergencies, but not for fun, so I never engaged with the whole "stylish traveller" thing. My mother, on the other hand, is quite the adventurer, and has made many exotic trips over the last few years - making up for lost time bringing me up I suppose! She is also rather style-conscious, and likes to travel wearing her best clothes and Prada sunglasses! Hahaha... I shouldn't tease, but I tend to call her Lady Penelope when I'm dropping her off at Heathrow!
I researched various options online, and plumped for a gorgeous navy blue crocodile-effect leather passport-holder from Aspinals. I thought this was ideal for my mum as she would find the standard Smythson pastel ones a bit tacky and "Paris Hilton". Aspinals was also a decent name, which I knew she'd appreciate.
The item arrived, wrapped in tissue and bound with a little gold sticker. I gave it to my mother when she next came over, and she unwrapped it with delighted anticipation. It was absolutely lovely! Really beautifully made. The intense blue leather was both bold and timeless, and the interior was lined in the softest, most velvety cream suede. I immediately made a mental note to get one for myself! Such a gorgeous item could not be exclusive to jetsetters! My mum was really pleased - I know this both because she told me so effusively, and because she later gloated to my sister about her new treasure!
Unfortunately, within a week, she had lost her handbag, with the passport-holder inside. She was absolutely certain the bag had been targeted because of it, which was a sign to me that she thought it had cost more than it had! In fact, as I embarrassedly explained, it was only £17.50, half price in the sale.
I went online and ordered her a new one, along with a red leather/beige suede version for myself. I found some passport-sized notebooks in Muji which I put inside mine, and now I use it as a super-classy handbag memo-holder.
If you like luxurious accessories, you can get a lot of bang for your buck when choosing a real leather passport-holder.
Traditional stitched leather passport holder with two inside sleeves to support your passport and keep it clean and safe.