(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
What if you could change the configuration of your wallet all by yourself?
In this review, we are going to take a look at the newest creations from Hunter Harkins at Willow Craft Goods. We have his new Swaddle wallets, the slim, the original, and the wide.
These three wallets are fantastic, they come in nice packaging from Hunter and I really give Hunter a lot of credit just for giving us three different versions to work with. I got them in a nice color variation including charcoal and blue raspberry, and of course, you can do any other color combination by making a custom order. In every case, they are two pieces of leather with a piece coming up from beneath and another coming back and wrapping around. This is secured in only two points with rivets in the front and four stitches underneath.
Starting with the slim, this is the smallest and is truly a card wallet with a capacity of eight to 10 cards in three slots, two located on the inside and one on the exterior. You can get a great feel for how this comes together and how it works by way of the cards. Furthermore, it has the capacity for cash, but you have to fold it at least twice, which is still nice.
The original is a little bigger and has four card slots, it also has a nice little thumb push and four slots right behind. Besides, with this one, you can fold non-international cash once. You can also treat it as a cash wrap as it folds over and you can carry it just like many other wallets out there that provide this capability. Moreover, the back slot provides the ability to have coins. When it comes over, the coins are secured and not going to come out unless you are really shaking hard. So with the original, you have cash, cards, and coin capability.
The wide is very reminiscent of the Luxe wallet, and as such, it is the widest and can then handle international currency. It has four slots, just like the original, with two in the back and two on the inside. This is the best configuration for coins where you have two card slots in the back. This is part of the configuration that gives the ability to pour out coins and put them in, and once the flap is secured, coins are not going to come out unless you really kind of go after it. Just like the Luxe, this handles all international currencies, including the euro and yen, which are tall currencies that require this width. It is also good for business cards, receipts, and other items that you might like to carry for it provides a lot of room to carry what you want, and this one is in blue raspberry color.
From a dimension perspective, the slim measures 3.6 x 2.5 x 0.7”, the original, the larger, 3.9 x 2.9 x 0.8”, and the wide 4 x 3.5 x 0.9”. By way of their heft, they weigh 34 grams, 53 grams, and 67 grams respectively.
They are designed and made in the United States from a full-grain vegetable–tanned leather from several tanneries, most are Italian. The construction consists of two pieces of leather, as I mentioned, cut very precisely with two rivets and four stitches pulling it all together. When I talked with Hunter, he explained that the geometry involved with the cuts is not easy as they need to be placed together for the rivets to provide the right snugness for card carry. The work involves gluing one side of the rivet to the other, tying both of the arms down to ensure everything is lined up properly before he can actually commit the rivet. Frankly, I was blown away when I saw the design and I am even more impressed as I have had a chance to handle these in all their glory. I usually do not get too excited about wallets, but this design really got me excited. I am not very creative, but I am always impressed by the community and how it continues to come up with truly innovative designs. Hunter has created something with the Swaddle that is unique, thoughtful, and frankly very elegant. The prices of these wallets are $65 for the slim, $80 for the original, and $90 for the wide.
The final scores, beginning with the slim, this one scores five for quality, three for the price as I do not think it is overpriced but just perfect, features score a three, and usability a four. The slim works really well, it is easy to use and it looks good, and for the ingenuity that goes into it, for the creativity, Hunter and his customer service, perception scores a five. That gives the slim a final score of 42 out of 50.
If we look at the original, it has a quality of five, as do the other two wallets because they are amazing, price scores three, features score four as it has a little bit more going on such as the card slot, usability scores four because it is easy to use, and with five for perception, the original gets a final score of 43 out of 50.
Finally, the wide scores five for quality, three for the price, five for features, four for usability, and five for perception. The wide presents a difference in the features, thanks to that, you are provided with more flexibility with the international currency. That gives the wide a final score of 44 out of 50.
The Swaddle Wallet in 3 different sizes (Slim, Original, and Wide) to accommodate everyone's carry style on both ends of the spectrum and everything in between