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Campbell Cole Simple Card Holder // elegance in a small footprint

Made from one piece of full grain veg tanned Italian leather, the Campbell Cole Simple Card Holder is...simple, but the attention to detail and craftsmanship makes it a joy to use and an even more elegant example of form following function aesthetically.

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

Today’s review is on the simple card wallet by Campbell Cole. It comes packaged inside a string and washer envelope and is wrapped several times in tissue paper. The color I have is black. The packaging is nice, subtle and clean which follows Campbell Cole’s design philosophy.

The Campbell Cole’s simple card wallet is exactly that, pretty simple. It has a one up and one down card configuration which is a good design piece, so the cards will rest evenly in the wallet.

I was able to get four cards and two slips of cash in there. Minimalist carry would probably be two up to five. The company indicates it can hold up to six.

This is made in the United Kingdom from a full grain veg tanned Italian leather and has some nicely burnished edges. It looks to be made of one piece of cut leather and the precision machine stitching on both sides really looks nice. What really makes this stand out is the pattern and design in the leather. There is a dimpled pattern on both sides. The hand stitched construction on the interior of the pockets is phenomenal. There is cross-stitching involved. This is a detail that just adds a nice touch to it. To these makers, little details like this provide the subtlety of understanding how they design their wallets.

This particular card wallet is priced at $60. It is very easy to use with no issues. It will stretch out as it’s made of high quality leather if you wanted to place more cards in this.

The measurements are 3.7 x 2.7 x 0.1”. It is very thin and weighs 18 grams. Campbell Cole creates accessories for men and women who share an appreciation for the confidently understated, especially in their design. The design owners, Ian and Felicity, put a thoughtful design process into every product they create and even for something as simple as this card wallet, you can really tell. Inspired by simply timeless design each product is perfectly balanced to refine proportions, subtle detailing and effortless functionality.

So now let’s get out to the final score. For quality a 5, price a 1, features a 3, usability a 3 and perception a 5. That gives us a final score of 35 out of 50.

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