I’m a card guy. I know it’s cool to carry cash around. To be one of those blokes who flops out a wedge of 50’s whilst paying for their friend’s damage to the pinball machine. Nonchalantly placing James Watt’s face down on the counter, the queen beaming up at you like some kind of hero. Yeah. That’s not me.
I like to tap and go. No thanks. No numbers for me please. Just let me swipe and leave. No I don’t want cash back. No receipt. Those coupons you can keep.
So it’s no surprise that I’m in love with my new A-Slim wallet.
I’ve been an admirer of A-Slim’s for a while now. Ever since my eyes were opened to the world of slimline wallets. I mean, I knew they existed, but I didn’t realise that they existed in such quality and style. Those that I’d seen in the past were slightly more durable Oyster card holders. A plastic sock to slip from your pocket when you had to flee the tube. A bunch of rolled up scraps ripping the clear sheet from its stitching.
If that’s one end of the spectrum, then it’s safe to say that A-Slim are on the other. According to their website they have over 50 years experience in the leather industry, with experience spanning manufacturing, production, design and tanning. This is certainly evident in the look and feel of their products.
Given the option to review one of their products, I went for the ‘Machete’ in rainforest green and Havanna tan. Not my first choice – the other was out of stock – but I certainly changed my tune when it arrived. More on that in a minute. First…
The A-Slim Unboxing
Everyone loves a bit of unboxing don’t they? You get that rising giddiness like Christmas day at 9 years old. Is it going to be a bike? An N64? Not in a box that size, son. Come on, where’s your sense of dimension?
Unfortunately this wasn’t a bike or an N64 either. But what it was was a little trip. Past the boring envelope you get to the paper parcel; the outline of an A Slim wallet, fastened by two dots of velcro. Inside and there’s a little note telling me to enjoy their product. Nice touch. But what I’m really grabbed by is the purple velvet sleeve in my hand.
There’s something about the touch of velvet, it lets you know you’re in the world of luxury. Its downy richness the key to tap you in. It’s impressive. Perhaps more impressive is the fact that all of A-Slim’s packaging is 100% recyclable and made from the excess leather from their wallets.
The A-Slim Wallet Review
So let’s get down to it. How is the wallet itself? In cases like this, where you’ve been given a product to review, you find yourself wanting to like it. Trying to like it. You don’t want to upset the company that have been kind enough to send you a product out, but you need to give your readers an honest opinion. It can become a little tedious. Thankfully in the case of this A-Slim wallet review, the opposite was true. Well, not that I wanted to not like it, but you get what I mean.
Having had to settle for the rainforest green, I was a little trepidatious. However, up close and personal, compared to the shots they have on their website, the colour is a real, rich lustrous green. Deep rainforest moss tones, finely trimmed with copper stitching. Inside, the green is offset by a warm brown, the colour of Cuban tobacco.
The inset has space for 4 cards (8 if you’re going to double up). And there’s a neat little compartment for your cash or receipts or love letters or whatever you else you want to keep inside. This is lined with a shimmering paisley fabric. It’s subtle, but a little flair that sets the A-Slim apart from your average wallet.
The leather itself is certainly of high quality, and it’s here that you can see the 50 years of expertise in play. The product feels durable and tough, yet soft and supple. You can tell that it’s going to age well and develop more character over time.
Comfortable in your pocket, this is the Schrödinger’s Cat of wallets. Big enough so that you would notice it missing, but slim enough to not notice it’s there.
Having been for a good few nights out with it now, and thankfully having woken up with it in one piece the next day, I can safely say I’d recommend this wallet to anyone who, like me, is looking to ditch cash. It’s perfect for the gentleman who carries around a few cards and wears slim fitting clothes. You’ll have no more unsightly bulges in your suit trousers, and it zips straight into a blazer pocket. And at only £40 this really is a gem.