The Instant Wallet from Apto
Recently on a shopping getaway with a friend, (see my instagram #stmMONTREALselfie), I realized I was carrying three wallets. It all started out innocently enough with the desire to, ironically, streamline what I carry around on a daily basis. Most days I only use a few cards, (bank card, transit card, credit card and ID), so I went out and bought a compact card holder. Then I realized I needed something to carry all my secondary cards. I am talking credit cards I don’t use often, gift cards and points cards. These went into another card holder. Lastly of course there are the business cards, which got their own card holder as well. Needless to say, I have a plethora of cards. As for coins, they are always bouncing around in various pockets and can never be found. Looking at my three card holders, I thought to myself surely I am not the only guy out there failing to get organized.
Then I discovered the brand Apto from the French trio Charles-Antoine, Mathieu and Victor. Currently they have a kickstarter campaign for their new modular product, The Instant Wallet. Apto explains on their website that adaptability is one of the key pillars of their brand. They design their products to be able to adapt to the user’s needs. The Instant Wallet is a clear home run with its multi-component design, which is why it is #stmAPPROVED.
The Card Holder has three card slots, an inner slot for either bills or more cards and a zippered pocket for coins. This is perfect for my day to day and finally I have a place to keep some coins and other small things, such as those coat check tickets I am always losing.
The Coin Holder is made up of a large zippered pocket and a spacious single card slot, capable of holding up to 6 cards, (this is where I would keep the business cards). Additionally there is a thumb-cut out allowing you to easily push up the card stack from the bottom for quick access. Currently at events I fight to wrangle out a business card, so I appreciate the functionality of the thumb cut out.
The Base offers space for bills and other documents, but wait it gets better. The Base also has slots where the first two components can slide into to combine and form The Instant Wallet.
No more carrying three wallets or card holders. I can grab what I need and if it happens to be multiple units, slide them together to create one wallet. The Instant Wallet is, as is all good design, simple and very effective. I think the guys at Apto are really onto something here. I admire their attention to detail and the effort they put into understanding how men use their wallets and how they can use them more effectively. I encourage you to check out their kickstarter campaign by clicking here where you can support them and even pre-order your favourite components of The Instant Wallet.