The Wingback Card Wallet – Review of a Design Classic
Every so often a wallet comes along which rewrites what defines the traditional wallet. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to review many wallets from Kickstarter and across the world and it’s been a while since I’ve found a wallet I was so excited to use. The Wingback wallet elicited that very excitement in me almost like a child at Christmas and when it finally arrived in the mail I was not disappointed. The whole package, branding and all, oozed luxury and as I peeled and open the custom packaging (it had my name on it!) I knew this was going to be good. A minimalist leather wallet to remember.
The Wingback came to fruition from a successful Kickstarter campaign. This managed to raise thousands in funding, with half of that being raised within the first week. This really does say it all and my initial thoughts on the Wingback fantastic appearance. Like any wallet, it has its pros and cons but the wingback does it in a way that you almost don’t mind the downsides because what it does best is all you care about.
‘The Wingback Card Wallet is like our original Card Holder, but with extra legroom. Holding up to 10 cards and multiple banknotes, it features a clever fold-out pocket for your contactless cards so you can tap and go in record time’. – Wingback 2020
Look & Design
The wingback is incredibly beautiful. When you analyze the way it’s built close up you quickly realize the sheer effort and craftsmanship that went into building it and it really gives a genuine feel of a high-quality item. The leather is a full-grain thick leather feels and looks amazing while maintaining an incredible smell day after day. In fact, the leather is so good quality you have to go through a process of “breaking it in” like you would have to do with a pair of new leather boots. I can only really describe the leather used as thick and over the continued use of the wallet, it forms a beautiful patina which adds to the uniqueness of the wallet.
The Wingback wallet comes in 5 different colors, each one as unique as the next. The colors are a mixed bunch which is a nice move to give people a chance to find a color they enjoy and express their unique individuality. I personally got the standard Chestnut brown but the Wingback is also available in Charcoal Black, Whisky (light brown), Chili (red) and Cognac (Orange). A nice range with a great variety for everyone’s individual tastes. It’s also worth mentioning that Wingback also allows for custom engravings on the leather (£10+) on both the inside and out. A nice addition for those who want personalization or maybe give the Wingback as a gift.
Functionality & Utility
The Wingback is a very simple design with an emphasis on minimalism and ease of use. It holds between 4-6 cards and a maximum of 20 notes. Notes are a big deal with the Wingback and the majority of the functionality comes down to an incredibly easy way to store and access notes. As previously mentioned the Wingback has a folding design. Leather wraps around a central piece to create a wrapper that securely seals the wallet together. Cash is basically spun around the leather and can be accessed with a simple pull. It really is incredibly simple, easy and effective in use and I can’t recommend it more for an innovative way to access your notes.
This combined with a metal fastener and you have a very secure and easy to use the wallet. The fastener is something I’ve not seen used in a wallet for a long time so it needs a special mention. The metal fastener is a beautifully machined cap and cut from a solid block of brass or stainless steel to give it a classy look. I love the finish on it and it really does help give that peace of mind that cash and cards are secure and won’t fall out in day to day use.
I’ve been using the Wingback none stop for over 4 weeks now and it’s been great. Cash is easy to store while cards are stored using the typical stacking method. Not the best as it can be fiddly accessing your cards this way but far better compared to other wallets on the market. The wallet fits in the pocket nicely and is a perfect size for minimalist lovers.
The wallet took around 2 weeks to fully break-in and the leather feels looser than when I initially unboxed the wallet. The metal button – used to secure the wallet – has developed a few scratches but I put that down to my own recklessness when using to the wallet.
The Wingback wallet is a fantastic wallet for those who want style, ease of use all within a compact size. I would highly recommend this wallet to most but would suggest it more to those who always carry lots of notes on them. At a price of £60.00, it’s surprisingly affordable and I knew, based on other wallets, that they could have easily made it more expensive.
I would say this wallet is best for people looking for a statement piece something that is made from the highest quality with wonderful materials. If you would like more information on Wingback’s latest wallet then visit their Kickstarter campaign or check out their website by clicking the link below.
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