A few weeks ago, I was forty minutes late to meet a friend because I was looking for my wallet. Where was it? In my jacket pocket. The last place I thought to look. Read my story below to see how this wallet changed my life.
All in all, I spent less than an hour looking for my wallet this time but there were a few very real moments of panic in which I thought I’d just lost it while out before. You know the feeling I’m talking about: when you realize you haven’t seen your wallet in a while. When you pat your pocket and can’t feel it. When you go to pay at the counter and it’s not where you thought it would be. Nine times out of ten, it turns out I simply forgot where I put it; the tenth time, I’m already holding it in my hand while I look for it in my bag.
Why can't I call it?
I made my excuses to my friend when I arrived (forty minutes late), ruefully adding ‘I wish I could just ring my wallet sometimes, you know?’ She wasn’t impressed by my tardiness, but she had a suggestion for me. She mentioned a brand named Ekster that makes smart wallets which you can call. Before you ask ‘do I really need this, though? Does a wallet need to be smart?’ I have another question for you. How many times have you lost your wallet? If you’re one of those people who just always knows where everything is, congratulations and goodbye! You don’t need this. But if you’re like me, keep reading.
Keeping my religion, losing my wallet
How many times have I actually lost my wallet, you ask? Twice. Once I was five years old and I threw it into the sewer in a fit of rage. It only had a drawing of my dog and my dad’s business card in it, but I was still exceptionally upset once I realized what I had done. The second time was more recent, only three or four years ago. I lost it on a night out. If I were to guess, I think I dropped it while pulling my phone out of my pocket to call a cab. I couldn’t tell you for sure. But I do remember the horrible, stomach-dropping feeling the next morning, when I realized I didn’t have it.
Losing my wallet sucked because...
What’s even the worst thing about losing your wallet? There are so many, I don’t know where to start. For one, I’m always scared someone will use my cards to buy illegal stuff (Guns? Powdered tortoise shells? Kinder eggs?). I also always carry a few dollars with me, so I can say goodbye to that. Then there’s trying to replace all my access cards. When I lost my wallet, I also lost my gym card, my travel card, my bank cards (duh), my work access pass. It was a pain and a hassle to get all this stuff replaced, and it wasn’t cheap either. But you know what the worst part was?
I was the guy who lost his wallet
I was the person who had lost their wallet. I made fun of friends who managed to do this before me; I was always less than empathetic, because it had never happened to me. But I suddenly found myself telling friends, family, people from work, the pizza delivery guy: ‘I lost my wallet and I have no idea where it is.’ I didn’t want this in my life again. I wanted to be cool, calm, and collected: the sort of person who is ready for anything, and who doesn’t lose their wallet in the middle of it. If the Ekster wallet had been available four years ago, I would have dropped money on it in a heartbeat. But better late than never, and although I’m late to the smart wallet party, I’m definitely here to stay.
Now Life's Easier with an Ekster
In the week since I got my Ekster, I’m a lot more relaxed already. Sometimes I want to check if I have my wallet on me, so all I do is ring it. No more fumbling through my bag in panic; no more checking my accounts frantically to see if anyone bought any banned chocolates with my money; no more mad searching through my wallet for my cards, thanks to the quick access feature. I already feel cooler, which is super important of course, but the best thing about the wallet is how much easier it’s made my life. If there’s one object that does need to be smart - it’s most definitely your wallet.
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Best wallet since the money clip was invented
I went from Tumi wallet to this beautiful thing. Very minimalistic yet modern. Also works a fidget spinner type of deal without the spinning. More like a fidget popper. It’s very satisfying to push the button multiple times. I had a small issue which customer service quickly resolved. They went beyond what needed to be done to remedy the situation. Excellent customer service says a lot about a company and its products this company has one of the best customer service experience I have ever went through.
Remember that episode of Seinfeld...you know, the one where George's enormous wallet is giving him back pains? Well that was me about a week ago...boy how things change. The Parliament wallet has raised the bar...It is just incredible. My old wallet quite literally looked like a Seinfeld prop, the thing was massive. I was always leaving it places because I didn't want to keep it in my pocket because it made it uncomfortable to sit on! The Parliament wallet is so sleek and has a truly minimalist feel to it that when it is in my pockets I forget my wallet is there. I am never going back, I am a converted believer in Eskter's product lineup that I will be shopping there for Father's Day...Dad's favorite son, here I come. Buy this product, you will NOT regret it. Thank you.
Very glad I made this purchase after reviewing all the options available. Product has a high-end feel with premium details. The wallet is clearly made to last and be used. Enough room for all my cards and the tracker was a great add-on. Would definitely recommend this type of wallet for anyone looking to reduce the bulk of a traditional wallet. Great innovation with the card holder and a conversation starter.
I love this thing! It's compact enough to fit in your front pocket without the bulk of a normal wallet and the card ejection button is a very welcome feature that I've never had with any wallet I've ever owned. Definitely worth the price tag!
I bought this wallet for my loved one and he immediately fell in love with it! He adores the aesthetic and convenience of the entire wallet and takes it with him everywhere he goes! The packaging was also incredibly elegant which made the surprise even more special. I highly recommend this product for any and everyone. You won’t regret it!
The wallet is great, the leather is high quality. Shipping was right on time and the packaging was very high quality. The wallet breaks in very quickly after a few days of use and the card flip works flawlessly.
Ordered my Senate Cardholder after months of looking at potential solutions. I didn't need advanced metal technologies that set off metal detectors nor did I need a wallet that looked tactical, I just wanted a practical solution that fit in my front pocket to make my chiropractor happy that I wasn't ignoring her advice.
Upon receipt the packaging was exceptional and reminded me of several European luxury brands and elevated my immediate value perception. After loading my registry of flexible friends and their folding cash equivalents I felt immediate gratification by my latest acquisition.
Well done my friends, well done. You've made a customer for life.
I am pleased to say that I am happy with what I received. Not only did the wallet meet my expectations but it also exceeded them! Great quality leather, great size and concept, and awesome tracking feature! Thanks for a great quality product!
Let me start by saying I never leave reviews for any type of product, but I felt I needed to just in case you were on the fence about this product. I've owned several minimalist wallets in the past be Trayvax, Dango and now Ekster. While the other brands make good products, the Ekster Aluminum Cardholder is by far the best wallet I've owned to date. The slim profile is amazing and the push button card eject works flawless. I'm glad I made the decision to purchase the cardholder as it handles all of my credit cards, work ID and cash all in one slim package. Thanks for making a great product.
Outstanding. It’s not often you unpack an item from the mail and think WOW! This leather case is gorgeous. It’s sleek, functional, roomy and for us guys, smells great!!! That new leather aroma is intoxicating ! If I had the need I would buy another. But for now I will enjoy this treat and look for what other new goodies Ekster offers. Buy one and don’t look back.
This is the wallet I've been looking for. I've received and bought several wallets over the years. Each had its own unique set of headline features but none, until now, worked well for me. This one finally checked off all of the boxes in my list.
I'm able to easily fit 3 embossed and 2 flat cards in it along with a couple of bills, the tracker card and a couple of other ID cards. The mechanism for accessing my cards is smooth and reliable. It's beautifully made, of a convenient size and is, in my opinion, an excellent value.
The tracker card and app are slick. Thus far I've only used them for the sake of learning how they work, and not because I actually needed to find a misplaced wallet. The tracker card doesn't necessitate buying batteries or to plugging it into a USB outlet to charge. Instead it is charged by sunlight -- a great, environmentally- and wallet-friendly touch, pun intended.
My search for the right wallet for me is officially over.
I love this wallet. It fits all the cards I need. It does start out a bit stiff when it's first unboxed but it softens and contours amazingly after the first week of use. The leather feels great in my hands and I don't think I'll ever go back to regular wallets again. A must have for any man or woman who is looking for that forever wallet. Also the tracker is awesome. If i ever need to find out where i misplaced my wallet just open the app and ring it. Find it instantly.
Ekster Keyring grabbed my attention at early stages of the Kickstarter campaign. Everyone is using keys and as we have multiple choices for other daily use things (f.e. wallets) there were close to none that would make the key management easier, simpler and worry-free (with the tracker). After using it for couple months I can safely recommend and assure those who wonder if it's what they say it is - well, it is.