About this project
The simplest interpretation of a minimalist billfold possible. The Cardamon Wallet aims to be the perfection of the traditional wallet. The essential functionality has been retained, but all other aspects of this design represent a new approach.
To reimagine an object as familiar and personal as your wallet without distorting the essential form or altering its usefulness required us to ask... What is essential? Why do you need it? And what could be left behind?
The Cardamon | WALLET accommodates all currencies for North, Central & South America and Australia.
The Cardamon | WALLET II is slightly bigger and designed to accommodate all global currencies.*For a list of all compatible currencies see bottom of page
The Cardamon | WALLET employs complex technology and construction methods that have never been used to make a wallet. By using high-frequency welding and a heat press to thermoform the profile, only minimal stitching is required. The result is more durable than a wallet constructed from the finest leather.
Cut from a single sheet of fabric, folded, welded, and stitched, the Cardamon | WALLET is the essence of minimal design.
We've created the Cardamon | WALLET in five beautiful colors to satisfy every taste. Applying advanced dying processes, the material has been infused with a vibrant color that saturates the Polyamide threads while only lightly staining the Polyester. Through this process a heathered appearance is achieved. This finish forms the catalyst for a material intended to ‘age’ with an organic patina-like aesthetic.
We set out to create a wallet with a refined aesthetic, constructed of a lasting, yet altogether new material.
MeridianShell® is a proprietary new material developed over 2 years of in-house R&D to deliver unrivaled durability, performance, and beauty over a lifetime of use. This engineered fabric is made from a 300 Denier Polyamide / Polyester blend and constructed in an ultra high-density weave. This state-of-the-art process produces a rich high-performance fabric that yields a material with unmatched versatility and performance.
The foundation of this material begins by optimizing the filament count and yarn denier, which renders a balance of durability and weight. After extruding filaments, a process of stretching and spinning creates yarns that are soft, supple and superior in strength.
This rich cloth exhibits uniform stretch and stability in both axes. By increasing the thread count and slowing down the weaving process a far superior and more balanced material is achieved. The result is a luxurious drape and hand feel that outperforms in strength, stability and stretch in all dimensions.
This entire process produces a rich high-performance, waterproof and stain resistant material with unmatched versatility and durability, intended to last a lifetime.
Over 200 prototypes have been thoroughly tested over the past 3 years. All feedback has been considered and subtle refinements have been made along the way to enhance every aspect of the design.
The Cardamon Wallet is guaranteed to last you a lifetime. Our guarantee is simple and unconditional; If you wear it out or destroy it - ever - send it back and we’ll send you a replacement.
We’re a team of friends who share a vision to challenge conventional approaches to design and manufacturing.
Nathan Kukathas Design Director
Nathan got behind his first sewing machine at the age of 15 and has spent over 20 years conceptualizing, designing and manufacturing multi-award-winning products for brands like Arc’teryx, Sea to Summit, Black Diamond, and RYU.
Josh Simpson Managing Director
With over 15 years spent in the outdoor and surf industry, Josh brings a diverse set of skills in marketing, distribution, design and a passion for brand development.
David Pearson: Videography / Photography
An accomplished filmmaker and cinematographer, David’s work has been featured in film festivals around the globe for brands like Red Bull Media House and National Geographic.
CARDAMO(M) / CARDAMON
Cardamom is a subtle yet distinct flavor. Our philosophy and approach are inspired by this. Re-imagining the familiar through uncompromised design, Cardamon manufactures advanced textiles and timeless personal accessories intended to last a lifetime
We'd like to thank the following people for contributing their support and talent to this project.
Taylor Garber, Robin Miller, & Bonobo Labs (Ben & Nath) - Content & Graphic Design // Sarah Kukathas, Josh Kincaid, Hudson Henry & Jim Meyers, David Fournier - Photography // Tiffany Reeve, Meghan Geary, Vincent Wu, Joshua, Victoria Bostic, Caroline Tseng, Trina Thompson, Damien Kelly, Tim Lischkoff, Lee Lau, Andrew & Shelley Dunbar, Eric Mak and Sarah Lembcke
Risks and challenges
We are a team of professionals that have delivered many successful products and projects to market. This is Cardamon’s first project, but not our teams first. Over the past 3 years we’ve extensively tested, refined, and improved every aspect of the Cardamon Wallet. Our production is based in Taiwan and we’ve already invested hundreds of hours at the factory setting up the production line. Everything is ready for your support. Production will begin within 30 days of the close of the campaign with delivery set for March 2017. Packaging is finalized and all of our manufacturing partners are ready to begin production. Risks from shipping delays, customs clearance and port issues are possible but we are familiar with all import and shipping requirements.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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