As a minimalist and someone who really cares about sustainability, the act of buying anything has become a much more deliberate and slower process for me. It involves questioning the need for what I am about to buy and the value it adds to my life. Once I’ve established the value this product adds to my life, I then move on to question every imaginable and varying attribute of the product so as to pick one from the pool of hundreds that meets all my specific needs from an aesthetic/functional/pricing perspective.
Recently, I came to the realization that a traditional mens wallet doesn’t necessarily fit my needs on two counts - 1) I do not like sticking a wallet in my back pocket and traditional wallets are too big to fit in the front pocket and 2) I need a wallet in which I can simply dump all sorts of things ranging from coins, paper currency, cards, and maybe even a lip-balm!
Since I've been majorly into the the brand Nicobar lately, I decided to go through their website to see if I could find something that fits my needs and settled for the Iku Denim Pouch. The form-factor is perfect for simply dumping things in and I didn’t find myself missing the various compartments of a traditional wallet (and their inherent limitations.) The design is also slim and narrow enough (so long as you don’t overstuff) to easily fit into a front pocket, making it easier to carry around.
As far as build quality is concerned, I have been using the pouch for almost six months now and it hasn’t given up on me, nor is there any major wear or tear or de-coloring (although half of this could be attributed to me being careful and not overstuffing it.) At 550 INR (less than $10) it also cheaper than most wallets and since it isn't made out of leather it is also a more sustainable and cruelty free alternative to a traditional mens wallet.