Now with ApplePay & NFC (Near Field Communication) payments its time to break-up with your bulky wallet. Meet the sophisticated and slimmed down Greek cousin
Online PR News – 05-November-2014 – SCAD Alum Joshua Stebbins launched a Kickstarter project for a unique leather wallet that uses a backing material with micro suction technology. The “Ultimate minimalist Wallet” is handmade in the US with 100% real perforated leather and is the only wallet of its kind on the market. Depending on how early you get to Stebbins’ Kickstarter page, you can purchase one from $32-$40 USD. The wallet can attach directly to the back of your naked phone or phone case and, more importantly, it can be repeatedly removed and reattached with no damage to the suction properties. It also has appeal as a stand-alone cardholder due to its thin nature and the added value of being able to suction your ID to the back. In the traditional sense, it’s not so much a “wallet” as it is a cardholder, because there isn’t a need to carry a thick wallet when you have the ability to access most cards and accounts on your phone these days. Most people are simply used to the thought of having to carry a hefty wallet with them everywhere, so they don’t make the transition to using digital cards. If there is one product that may sway you into changing your ways, it will be the Kapotas (Kap-o-tas). That being said, if you’re more of a traditionalist then by all means, you can continue carrying your wallet and still find use in the Kapotas. You can place your two or three most frequently used cards in the Kapotas- right on the back of your phone- for easy access when you don’t feel like sifting through every card you own. And voil, your busy life made that much simpler!
The idea for the minimalist wallet came to Stebbins after months of searching for a card sleeve that he could use along with his iPhone that didn’t compromise the beauty of the phone’s design. When he couldn’t find anything on the market that he loved, his industrial design background led him to start developing something of his own. “I was unhappy with the quality of other card sleeves I found and I wanted to create a product with superior materials that would not only compliment the design of my phone, but would last for a long time,” said Stebbins of his inspiration for the Kapotas. “Our needs as consumers have evolved with the additions of technology such as ApplePay and NFC payments, so I want to help the traditional wallet evolve into something that is still relevant to modern consumerism. That’s why I designed a multi-functional wallet that fits seamlessly into your life rather than being a bulky burden to carry around.”
The goal of the Kickstarter project is to raise a minimum of $4,000 by December 2, 2014. The funding of the project would allow Stebbins to purchase high quality tools and more materials to allow for large production runs. Essentially, it will help the growth of the Kapotas brand and business. Currently, Stebbins is crafting each wallet by hand, which takes a considerable amount of time. If he were to surpass his goal with extra funding, he could potentially source a U.S. based factory to begin making the wallets. This would aide those large production runs and decrease the amount of time between shipments to customers.
About KAPOTAS: Kapotas is a wearable products design brand created by Joshua A. Stebbins in Columbus, Ohio. Stebbins, who feels connected to his Greek roots, named the brand after his late grandfather, George N. Kapotas. The two shared a passion for creating high quality wearable products, and Stebbins continues to be inspired by his grandfather’s work (which he writes about on his Kickstarter page). Be sure to visit his webpage where you can learn more about the brand and back the project.
“Our needs as consumers have evolved with the additions of technology such as ApplePay and NFC payments, so I want to help the traditional wallet evolve into something that is still relevant to modern consumerism. That’s why I designed a multi-functional wallet that fits seamlessly into your life rather than being a bulky burden to carry around.”
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