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Zipper wallets are hard to do well, Vaultskin’s Notting Hill almost nails it.

Done right, zipper wallets are a GREAT choice. Usually, they’re for the hoarders who can’t part with things they like to carry, but Vaultskin’s Notting Hill had a lot of thought put into its design and it shows.

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

This wallet easily held 15 cards and 6 slips of cash folded over once easily and it fit nicely right behind the strap that you have on the inside. 

The company recommends 10+ cards and cash and it can easily handle more based our testing. The capacity is impressive while the footprint is still fairly small. Its made from top grain leather intermixed with RFID lining, but it does smell good and it looks well designed. 

This elastic pull strap is really nice to access cards in this little pocket at the top. If you didn’t know it was there, you’d really miss it. The zipper is a Vaultskin branded zipper. I don’t know who their original manufacturer is for this, but zippers aren’t things that you go cheap on. Unfortunately many companies don’t get that right. If there’s ever a choice you go with YKK, they never have problems and they are the world leader. For example, even large fashion houses who prefer to brand all aspects of their garments, don’t mess with zippers. They will use YKK zippers because for a $1,000 or $2,000 dress, they’re not going to make a mistake on a zipper that will cost them 25 cents. So never go with cheap zippers. I’ve come across a few zipper wallets and they fail out of the gate due to cheap zippers.  Hopefully, the zipper used here will pass the durability test over time.

The pricing on this is $37, which is more than fair. It’s made in China, but it’s designed in the United Kingdom. And by way of usability, it has RFID protection, but that, of course, removes leather.  You can read about my concerns in the card above.

I really like this design as a very functional zipper wallet. The product measures 3.15” x 4.13” x .5” thin. The company sells wallets to fit either US or UK currency, which is a nice decision, but an very impactful business decision as it creates additional cost for product extension. They could have created a larger wallet that would handle all currencies, but this demonstrates that the footprint and overall size of their products was more important for their customers than making a simple product manufacturing decision. Good for them.

Now for the final score; for quality a 3, price a 4, features a 4, usability a 4 and perception a 4.  That gives us a final score of 37/50 or 3.7 out of 5.

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