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Does the Frenchie Co. Speed Wallet design work?

The Frenchie Co.’s compact, magnetic closure, trifold has a unique design and makes good use of quick access pull straps for the “speed” portion, but do those things make it efficient or clumsy?

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

Today we are going to review the Frenchie Company Speed Wallet. This is their regular version. It is a fascinating little wallet company out of Colombia. The packaging is unique as it is a multi-factor packaging. It contains the company logo and information. A lot of effort was put into this packaging so I will give a shout out to the packaging designers on this one. 

Now to the feature review of the Frenchie Company Speed Wallet. This is a fascinating wallet in what it provides. It has a magnetic closure on the exterior, and as we open it up, it is a trifold which provides a lot of space inside. There is a cash pocket and a quick access card slot. The company says this quick access card slot can hold up to six cards. I’m not quite sure about that. There is also the speed portion of the Speed Wallet. It has a quick pull strap which gives quick access to the cards. There is also another card slot right behind it. 

Now onto the card and cash insertion test. I put seven cards and five slips of cash in there. I was also able to put the yen in just fine. It is the same height as Euro, so Euro will be good. The company recommends up to ten cards and eight slips of cash. They indicate you can get six cards into one of the side slots. I have three inside and it is going to have to stretch out over time. The logo on the front represents a French bulldog. 

This is made in Colombia and the materials are from a full-grain veg tanned Italian leather. It smells nice and it feels really good too. The edges are folded and the internal lining accommodates this design for thinness because of the multiple layers that we have. It has a magnetic closure which is really a great touch. They put out the recommendation to be careful what you put near the magnetic closure because of potential demagnetization. The one thing that I don’t particularly like about this wallet, but it is really the reason behind this wallet, and they call it the Speed Wallet, is the pull straps are very floppy.  They need to be floppy in order for you to gain access.

The wallet measures 4 x 2.5 x 0.4”  and weighs 73 grams. That is a testament as to how much leather is here and the magnetic piece that adds some extra weight as well. It has a one year warranty on the wallet. Again, the only problem I saw with this is the potential demagnetization. I don’t really know if that’s really a problem much anymore, and of course the floppiness of the straps. It is a fine wallet in how it feels, operates and functions according to its design. 

So now let’s get to the final score. For quality a 4, price a 3, features a 4, usability a 3, and perception a 4. That gives us a final score of 36 out of 50. This is a unique wallet design. I really like this. 

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