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Capsule Minimalist Wallet

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Thin is in. For a few years now, the internet has been obsessing over slim wallets. They’re one of the few things that are comparable to the number of iPad/iPhone cases on Kickstarter. Capsule was one of these projects that were successfully funded on Kickstarter. They sent me their wallet, the “Minimalist” to review.  

 
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I actually only accept something like 20% of the products I’m asked to review. If it isn't something I would actually use, I wouldn't be able to give a fair review. The Minimalist was on the edge. While I respected the goal of a slimmer wallet, I didn’t know if the design was going to be convenient. I also thought the overall design was a tad uninspired. It’s not poorly designed, it’s just a bit... ordinary.

 

 
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I would have been an idiot if I didn't review the wallet though. The amount of care and love the makers put in was immediately obvious. The wallet is offered in black, brown, blue and grey are only $50-65.

 

 
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Where the Minimalist really shines is in craftsmanship and quality. The brown nappa leather and the blue saffiano leather are both top notch. I think saffiano leather works really well on simple designs like the Minimalist. This is definitely a scenario where quality of craftsmanship and materials define the product's beauty. 

 
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The inside of the wallet is nicely lined for cards to slide out more easily. Impressed by the level of quality here - particularly the edge painting on the leather. 

 
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Here is a thickness comparison with my previous wallet - something I picked up from Muji during my trip to Japan. I was immediately skeptical that I could downscale to something so compact.

 
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This is what I normally carry. About 6 cards and some cash. Could all this possibly fit inside the wallet and still be usable?

 
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Turns out that the Minimalist has no problem swallowing my wallet’s contents. Of course, if your wallet is like Costanza’s, this won’t work. I'm a strong believer in purposefully downsizing though - I recently moved into a studio even though I could get something larger.

 
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Squeezing the wallet makes removing the cards fairly easy. I’d say that 5-6 cards is the maximum load for the card pocket. There’s also a slit on the front for your most frequently used card.

 

 
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The cash band holds up to a dozen bills folded in half. If you’re looking into buying one, the choice of leather is crucial. My blue Minimalist is made from a significantly stiffer material than the brown one. This makes removal of cash/cards a bit more difficult but it also holds its shape better. I prefer the smell and touch of the brown leather better but its too soft for my tastes.

 
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The cash strap does a great job of securely holding cash. If you’re paranoid, you can fold the cash once more for added safety.

 
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The past two weeks or so with the Minimalist have been great. I had initially doubted its usability but it may be the best wallet I’ve ever owned; I haven’t touched my Muji wallet since. If it was me, I’d buy a blue Minimalist with saffiano leather. Whichever color you get though, you’ll have a much more comfortable time sitting.