Orchill Corinthian Wallet | Review

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A Wallet with Style? A Review of the Orchill Corinthian!

The Orchill Corinthian is a distinctive looking wallet with a style which will entice anyone’s head to rule there heart. I myself was a huge fan of this look. With the hole style patination and rustic range of green and brown colours the orchill looked like a promising wallet from the outset. Nevertheless when the wallet arrived and I tried it for around 2 week I quickly came to the conclusion all wasn’t hunky dory. Let’s break down what the orchill has to offer:

Look and feel

We’ll start with the positives. The orchill brand, as a whole, is high attractive and I applauded the designers for what are a unique range of wallets. With specifically the orchill Corinthian I found it’s sleek Appearance and brown leather to really stand out for other wallets in my collection. On the other hand appearances can be deceiving. Overall the build quality and general feel of the wallet is satisfactory at best. The leather feels cheap, and hard to touch, and the wallet feels flimsy. I don’t want to make assumptions but it feels like a mass manufactured wallet for China or something.

Currency Issues 

The first thing I must mention is this wallet is for US currencies only. I live in the UK and our notes are generally quite large, especially our £20 note. This means when used in conjunction with the Orchill the note is too large and sticks out the top of the wallet. Orchill also don’t offer a larger size for international buyers which makes the situation a lot worst. It seems they are completely segregating a huge proportion of their potential market (i.e. the rest of the world) and feel its a silly mistake for companies, like Orchill to do this. And they’re not the only culprit. I find a lot of manufacturers and brands do this.

Functionality

In terms of its physical capacity the Orchill hosts a very basic layout. With a simple bi-fold arrangement the wallet has room for 8 amount of cards and as mentioned above a dedicated note slot for US based currencies. On the outside of the wallet there are also 2 quick access slots for your most used cards. These slots are well made, tight and will securely hold 1 or even 2 cards. That’s for a total card capacity of.

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Final Verdict

The wallet in all is underwhelmingly satisfactory. I enjoy the style of wallet but its functionality and quality lack for the price you pay. The Corinthian wallet comes in at a price of $54.99 which is far to much for me and I wouldn’t recommend this wallet to anyone. 

Flowfold Minimalist Wallet | Review & Unboxing

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Flowfold Minimalist Wallet | An Adventure of a Lifetime Kinda Wallet

I always love to try wallets which aren’t my personal everyday style. I often favour, to my own discredit, wallets made for a more luxury market. Wallets made from high premium leather or exotic materials. Over the past month i’ve had the opportunity to try something a little different. The Flowfold Minimalist Wallet. As a brand Flowfold are built on the concept of adventure and raw outdoor adventure. In all honestly i’m a big fan of the brand and they seem very passionate about what they do and what they stand for. As for the Flowfold Minimalist wallet (which henceforth simply be referred to as Flowfold) has a lot going for it.

Look & Appearance

The first thing that stands out about the Flowfold is its distinctive design. Being made from actual high performance racing sailcloth this unusual material has a textured appearance to it that’s both durable and lightweight. It definitely feels like what i’d imagine sailcloth to be like a bumpy and rugged feel probably due to its Ballistic nylon webbing. If one things for sure this is without a shadow of a doubt a material that can tackle the environmental and elements with ease. The Flowfold comes in a small variety of different colours. I got my hands on the White & Cyan, but they’re also available in 5 other vibrant colours.

Another thing that stood out to me was how slim this wallet really is. From a side on angle i’d say it almost disappeared. This razor this design is exactly what you’d need and want if you’re packing light on, say, a camping trip or hike. Remember it only weighs 0.4 oz / 12g (without cards) and comes in at 4.2″ x 2.75″ x 0.06″ only slightly bigger than a single credit or debit card. A perfect size for minimalist lovers and adventurers alike.

Functionality & Usability

At its core the wallet it very simple and doesn’t offer anything other than a single card slot which can fit around 6-8 cards comfortably. Flowfold themselves said this wallet wasn’t designed for anything but pure minimalist at heart. I quote from their website: “Designed for the straight shooter with no interest in excess features”. I really respect that from flowfold. To many brands these days try to be all singing, jack of all trades and a lot of them fall on their face. The best types of wallets are the ones with a clear purpose and they always tend to be the ones that work the best standing out from the crowd.

Final Verdict

So can I recommend the wallet? I can, but only to those people who’d want a secondary wallet for things like camping. If you’re the adventurous type who love to get out the house (I should probably do that once in awhile) then I highly recommend this wallet. Sometimes that big old chunky bi-fold just doesn’t cut it on those long walks, or mountainous treks. This is where the this wallet would excel and at only $12.00 you really have nothing to lose. You can get your hands on the Flowfold by visiting their website here.

Orchill ARMADA Wallet | Review

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A Comprehensive Review of the Orchill Armada. How well does it fair as your everyday Wallet?

Orchill form a very popular wallet brand which offer a huge range of wallets from large bi-folds to very slim card holders. The Orchill Armada fits as one of there mid-sized bi-folds offering a unique blend of minimal card storage and easy cash access. This is represented by its main asset, its money clip, which cleverly lies smack bang in the middle of the Armada. Lets look a bit closer at what the Orchill Armada has to offer.

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Look, Feel and Quality

The build quality of the Orchill is satisfactory at best. The high-quality brand perception and high costs doesn’t justify the quality of the wallets from when I first unboxed it. My Armada had a few issues with poorly worked leather and frayed thread edges. You can tell by the pictures that the quality is anything but poor. For now i’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that the build quality will vary from wallet to wallet but its not looking good.

The Orchill’s range of distinct colours and interesting spotted Patternation, or what I like to call the hole punch pattern, add to each wallets unique individuality. I have the black version which is arguably the least interesting colour but the wallet is also available in red, green and blue, each very attractive in their own distinctive way.

Functionality

The Orchill is a medium sized, minimalist bifold which puts much emphasis on its slim nature. It’s unique in its note storage capability as it hosts an inbuilt money clip. This metal clasp runs down the spine of the wallet encapsulated in leather. Along with this, the wallet has storage capabilities for up to 6 credit or debit cards. The real issue I found was not with its storage quantity but with its execution. As the card slots are in rows, each one above another, I found that that if you fill the wallet the bottom card obstructs your access of the other two. A absolutely terrible oversight in design and execution.

On the plus side theArmada’s note storage clip works well and stores money very easily with a strong clasp. It’s ashamed it doesn’t have any quick access slots like both the 32&8 and Andar but its smaller size (compared to the other two) probably account for this. 

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A Fair Comparison

I don’t often do comparisons between wallets. But every now and then I start to see repetitive themes, styles and features within categories of wallets. This style is no exception to this. The Orchill Armada is much like two other wallets I’ve reviewed in the past. The 32&8 and Andar Apollo. In my review of these wallets, I rated the Apollo as one of my all-time favourite wallets but was more than critical on the 32&8s poor all-around clunky and expensive nature. The Orchill, for me, ranks between these two wallets. Better than the 32&8 but not good enough to beat the Apollo.

Final verdict

A wallet with some good and bad features. Coming in at a hefty $54.99 I’d personally recommend a different wallet. I feel disappointed but if you’re looking for a wallet like this I’d defiantly the Andar Apollo. It is better quality, better functionally and is almost half the price.

Sorry Orchill but its a “NO” from me.  

KKMC Micro Belgravia Wallet | Review & Unboxing

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The Cool, Stylish and Slim Metal Wonder. Introducing the Micro Belgravia Wallet

The Micro Belgravia Wallet by KKMC Designs is one of those wallets which is so incredibly attractive you almost don’t want to use it. It’s like when your unboxing your new smartphone and you can’t bring yourself to peel of the plastic film as to not destroy its pure beauty. I dabble, but the point stands that the first thing that attracted me to this wallet was its amazing look. Its smooth intricate design and range of pure colours.

The Original Micro Wallet was first seen as a Kickstarter project around this time in 2015. It astonishingly raised a staggering amount amounting to over £74,000 (or $93K). This is probably the most money i’ve ever seen raised by a single wallet and it just goes to show how attractive it design really is. Let’s take a further in-depth look of its predecessor, the Belgravia, and what this new version has to offer when funding commences very soon! 

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Look & Appearance  

As mentioned before my main attractive towards this wallet is its stunning design and pure feat of engineering. Its smooth, contoured, aluminium body and soft touch strap will have you seduced from the moment you open the box. Much like other ultra slim wallets the Belgravia barely measure anything at all. In fact its edges completely line up that of a credit card making it no bigger than one. A great sign for minimalist lovers. The inside is embedded with a soft touch nylon material. We’ll get into its hollow middle once we talk about its features but the material is high quality, looks good and very resistant.

The Belgravia also comes in a range of attractive colours. Think the type of colours you might expect Apple Inc to bring out in their next range of iPhones. I personally got, my favourite, the Black model but the wallet’s also available in Gunmetal Grey, Gold and Silver. A nice but small range of colours to stay in tune with the wallets classy appearance.

Packaging

I thought i’d specifically mention the packaging of this wallet. Again KKMC know how to form a brand with identity, style and class which activity make your want to buy anything they offer. Now apart from the sheer wastage of material and it’s probably huge carbon footprint the packaging of the Belgravia shows intricate designs, beautifully designed manuals and boxes within boxes! Don’t believe me? Check out our unboxing video for the full breakdown.

Functionality & Usability

It’s no lie that minimalist wallets can have issues regarding how well they function. It didn’t take that long for me to realise that the Micro was exceptional at a number of things that minimalist wallets usually struggle with.

For example the Micro Belgravia has a very highly quality elasticated band which secures around 3 – 6 cards easily. What I found refreshing about this wallet was the material itself which was stretchy, a good tension and have good friction against the cards. This meant cards can’t and won’t easy slide out. Another plus is the way the Micro allows for coin storage something I don’t think i’ve ever seen in a wallet so thin. The arched and curved design is intentional to create a small inwards groove or compartment. This creates the perfect area for easy coin storage big enough for a small handful of change. Once your cards have been slid in the coins are secure from falling out by your credit/debit cards and you can access them like the opening and closing of a drawer. A really ingenious way of solving a common problem.

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Here are some of the main differences between the Original Micro and new Belgravia:

  • A larger Strip improved from 20mm to 25mm.
  • A double larger strap for easy storage of both cards and notes.
  • Inbuilt RFID technology.
  • Changed and rearranged attachments to provide additional space.

Final Verdict

A great minimalist wallet with a great array of features and one of the most attractive designs i’ve seen in awhile. A timeless design, a modern design, RFID technology and all for what is a fantastic price! If you’re looking for a metal wallet then I can highly recommend the KKMC Micro Belgravia Wallet. Click here for more information regarding the wallet and support them on Kickstarter today.

DUN FOLD Wallet | Review & Unboxing

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The Dun Fold Wallet | The Newest Wallet in Minimalist Design

After the incredible success of the last and original Dun Wallet (check out my review of that wallet here) the guys are back with their brand new minimalist wallet the Dun Fold. Currently being funded on Kickstarter the DUN fold has already caught the eyes of many people with it’s incredible thinness and capabilities to store a lot for it’s size. I’ve been luckily enough the try the Dun Fold out over the last few weeks and have been very impressed from start to finish. Here is my full review of the Dun fold.

Look and appearance

The duns name derives from the fact it’s design is based on a two fold mechanism much like the opening of some double doors. What immediately caught my eye was how thin this wallet is. Even when it’s folded the Dun is still thinner than, say, 70% of wallets on the market today. The fold is made from a very smooth and soft top-grain leather. It really doesn’t skimp on its material and is overall build quality shows day after day. After 3 weeks the wallets shown no visible wear or tear. Although I can’t comment on its longevity I feel confident this is a wallet for life.

Much like the other dun wallets the fold goes for a very sleek striped back approach using black, white and silver accents very nicely in it’s design and branding.

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Functionality

The fold uses a very clever way of storing cash; probably must most favorite way for any wallet ever. It uses a sliding slot mechanism on the main body of the wallet. By simply sliding notes under this the tight seal along with the folding design means you cash is not only secure but very easy to access with just an opening of a single fold. Check out my video above, if you haven’t already, for more information on how well the Dun Fold stores cash. In terms of the duns card storage is takes a similar approach to that of the previous dun wallet.

The Dun Fold also comes with RFID Protection. If you feel conscious regarding the possibility of having your cards skimmed. This pocket secures 1-2 cards against RFID skimming. The RFID pocket is cleverly t is positioned in the centre of the wallet so that the cards in the front and back pocket don’t interfere with each other. Just another reason example of how well this wallet is designed.

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Usability

In brief the Dun is very fun and easy to use. Notes are so easy to access and cards are stored at the very edges so access is a breeze. The Dun even solved the issues I had with the British £20 note (It wouldn’t fit) and now fits all international bill sizes without folding.

Final Verdict

A true gem in a sea of bland and boring wallets. I find the Dun Fold attractive, stylish, functional and best of all slim. If you’re ready to discover your next minimalist wallet the Dun Wallet should really be a consideration. For more information visit the Fold’s Kickstarter campaign or visit their website here.

Albert Lacreu ReWallet S | Review & Unboxing

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Discover the ReWallet S by Albert Lacreu. Spanish Handmade Minimalism.

When somethings handmade you really get a sense of perspective. Wallets are by no means an uncommon occurrence in a world dominated with wallets left right and centre. The choice is endless really so when you do see small time handmade wallets crop onto the market it really makes you feel wan’t them to be good. Almost like your cheering the underdog in a race.

Although Albert Lacreu is by no means unknown (although I must admit I hadn’t heard of them) he is what this industry needs. Somebody who can innovative and keep the art of leather-craft to its routes. When I first unboxed one of the new wallets by Albert Lacreu I knew from the outset it was going to be good. The ReWallet S and its counterparts ReWallet L really encompass the real essence of innovative, style and design. So without further ado here is my full review of the ReWallet S.

Design & Appearance

The ReWallet S hosts a simplistic and minimalist design taking the shape of a typical rectangular card. Coming in at precisely XxXxX the wallet is a perfect size for minimalist lovers and doesn’t disappoint in its clear and sleek design. The leather is made from the very highest quality leather available in a medium toned brown tan colour. One thing to note regarding the leather is its thickness and overall quality. The smell right out of the box was mesmerising and the leather, stitching and craftsmanship second to none.

Functionality

The great thing about the ReWallet is its array of functionality which comes in the form of two very effective quick access slots. These slots lie on both the top and side of the wallet and allow room for at least 3 cards each. Each of these slots welcomes a quick access pull tab which allows for easy access with just a simple pull. These tabs are very effective and cleverly designed.

In terms of note storage the ReWallet doesn’t include a dedicated slot. This might annoy some people as mixing cards and cash together isn’t the most effective or easy way to access your cash & cards. As someone who has always advocated against this. Nevertheless I don’t think this takes anything else away from the wallet but is something you should keep in mind.

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Final Verdict

Albert Lacreu has created a very attractive, well built and functional wallet all within a compact minimalist design. One thing to note is the price of Albert Lacreu’s wallets. As a handmade brand these wallets are not cheap and reach prices of over $100. Nevertheless the wallet is great and you can check out the ReWallet here and the other wallets by Albert here.