(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Today we will be reviewing the Hatton wallet by Carl Friedrik. I really like the simplicity and color of this packaging. There is paper padding on the interior which holds the wallet in place. This is really nice and gives a good impression. It is simple, yet elegant. I got this wallet in the cognac color. It has a nice firm leather which will break in over time. There are a lot of features packed into this very small little wallet. It is built very well and has nice hand construction.
From a feature perspective, this is a beautiful looking wallet. On the exterior front, there is a card slot. There is an additional card slot above this one that has been cut into the leather. On the other side of the wallets exterior, there is a similar configuration. There is a card slot on the bottom and another one that has been cut into the leather on the top. As we open it up, there is an interior half slot where you can place additional cards or cash folded over twice.
For the card and cash insertion test, I was able to insert five cards inside, which I think is a little on the heavy side. I also put three slips of US currency inside. If you were to do Euro or Yen, it would not work as well. The company makes no recommendation, but they indicate it’s appropriate for cash as well as cards. I personally think this is really just a card specific wallet.
From a quality perspective, this is made in Naples, Italy by a third generation family leather crafting business. This is a full grain, veg tanned Vachetta leather. You’ll notice that they put a separate layer of leather inside, as well as the outside to give it a finished look on the inside versus showing the flesh side of the leather. They have also provided a single filament thread which provides strength as well as durability. If you have cards in here and the leather begins to break in, it may become loose. However, they put a second thread support towards the bottom which actually prevents cards from falling out by accident. I think this is a very thoughtful idea, in addition to providing some great strength to it.
Another thing to point out is the burnishing on this which is really quite nice. It is hand burnished all the way around. This provides a nice touch which gives it a great finish
The leather will stretch as it’s used, and if you want to put in more cards than what you think you want from a slim wallet, the quality of the leather ensures that it will hold up without a problem. This will also sit very well in your pocket and provide good capacity for cards and cash that you might want to carry. The design of the Hatton, as well as any of the Carl Friedrik wallets, follows a similar Scandinavian approach. Which includes clean lines, functional usage, long-lasting construction and of course the quality is excellent.
It measures 3.9 x 2.9 x 0.2” and weighs 31 grams. Carl Friedrik is a Swedish and was formed by two brothers. They produce wonderfully made high quality products that are incredibly functional compared to other boutique leather brands that are out there. They offer a lifetime warranty covering repairs or replacement for functional damage of their products. This is a great sign that they stand behind their products and the quality they offer.
For the final score, quality, a 5. Price, a 2. Features, a 3. Usability, a 3 and perception, a 5. That gives you a final score of 3.7 out of 5.