Review: Ekster smart wallets offer Siri and great storage with sleek designs

Ekster wasn’t on my radar until just about a month ago when I got to test out the company’s smart wallets and I’ve found myself very impressed with the design, build quality, and functionality of the offerings. Read on for our full review of Ekster’s smart wallets and what sets them apart from the rest of the market. And, yep, the company is also doing a Black Friday promotion with a 40% off deal.

Ekster makes a refined collection of high-quality wallets that includes a few different form factors. The flagship Ekster wallet, the Parliament is a cardholder blended with a traditional bifold. It includes a mechanical trigger that slides out your credit/debit/ID cards out the top of the wallet in a staggered pattern. The feature makes it a breeze to grab to the card you need and it’s really fun and satisfying every time you get to click the trigger to use it. Ekster also makes a slimmer leather-wrapped cardholder with the quick access mechanism, as well as a minimal leather cardholder.

Materials and build quality

Ekster uses full-grain premium bull leather for all of its wallets. The company also uses a two-toned finish on its leathers “giving them a distinctive look and color that will endure as the wallet softens, bends and forms to the way it is used, whether in pocket, purse or hand.”

I tested out the Vachetta Parliament in Brescia Bronze and the Secretary Cardholder in Nappa Black. From the first time picking up the wallets, the attention to detail and premium construction and craftsmanship is immediately apparent.