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Ekster Senate Cardholder Ekster Senate Cardholder
Ekster Senate Cardholder 4.5

We were excited to receive another unique wallet from Ekster this time in the form of the Senate Cardholder, this particular wallet comes in seven different colours Classic Brown, Blush Beige, Merlot Red, Roma Cognac, Steel Blue, Juniper Green and the Nappa Black unfussy version that we received.

All the different colours feature a black elasticated cash strap and black card release button, the Senate combines leather and aluminium to deliver a truly robust cardholder with a super slim profile at just 0.3 x 4.1 x 2.3 in (0.85 x 10.5 x 6 cm). The leather used is a top-grain leather that is tanned under gold-rated environmental protocols using ECCO Leather’s new DriTan technology, this leaves a minimal impact on the planet whilst producing a durable finish. The joy of leather is that it will age beautifully and gain character with time, leaving each wallet with an individual look. The cardholder can store a maximum of 6 non-embossed cards, or a combination of 4 – 5 embossed/non-embossed cards (depending on the thickness of each card), we were able to fit in 4 embossed bank cards at one time. Much like we have seen before in the Parliament Wallet and Aluminium Card Holder the Senate has the patented card ejection mechanism, this makes accessing your cards a quick and simple process, no rummaging through your wallet to find the right card.

The button is made from plastic, this helps to keep the weight down, but we can’t help but think an aluminium button would just look and feel a little better. When the button is pressed the cards pop up and fan out letting you clearly see the cards and grab the correct one. The removable leather back pocket can be used to store an extra card, a driver’s license for example, it is a little tight at first but will soften up over time, you can even tuck an emergency bank note in here out of view. The Senate also comes with the removable cash strap where bank notes can be tucked in and easily seen, this modular set up allows the wallet to be adapted for different occasions. The Senate also has RFID blocking technology, and the optional extra of adding the Tracker Card ($49). This card is solar powered (2-3months battery life) and uses a worldwide lost and found platform, QR Safety a connection range up to 200 ft (60 m), it can be used to ring your wallet or phone and even take group selfies remotely. If you like to keep things streamlined and only carry what you need then the tough, distinct and smart Senate is definitely worth a look. RRP $79

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Streamline you bank cards and notes with this smart card holder, built with Ekster’s unique and practical features.
  • Quick card access mechanism
  • Environmentally certified leather
  • Optional Tracker Card
  • Max storage 10+ cards, but 7 cards is recommended
  • The elastic pocket strap offers room for large stacks of cards or notes
  • RFID technology
  • Takes less cards if they are embossed
  • Button could be metal