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OUR STORY

We believe peace of mind starts with the essentials you carry with you on a daily basis. It is our mission to upgrade these essentials to modern standards and change the way you carry your valuables. If you think about it, it's shocking that most wallets have no security built into them. A product which holds so much sensitive information and goes everywhere with you should be better safeguarded. So we decided to develop something both efficient and secure for your pockets. That's when Ekster® was born. A brand with the goal of optimizing the way you carry your everyday items. After meeting on a Fulbright scholarship in the USA, founders Rick and Olivier found that being Dutch wasn’t the only thing they had in common. They pitched their idea to a Kickstarter wallet enthusiast, Richard, and he was instantly sold. What started as a chance encounter between two Dutch college students grew into a shared frustration with existing EDC products and a thriving business. 

THE MAGPIE

We named our company Ekster after the Dutch word for Magpie, a deceptively smart bird with a penchant for collecting and hiding shiny things. In the spirit of the Magpie, we wanted to create classically attractive products with hidden tech to protect important everyday valuables. A flock of Magpies is also known as a 'Parliament', which is what we named our flagship wallet model. From that first wallet, all products in our collection have followed this theme. Three short years after our viral launch, we've become the world's largest smart wallet brand with products now available in 100 stores from Macy’s to Amazon.

THE TEAM

The Ekster® team consists of sixteen people from nine different countries: what connects us all is a love for adventure, the outdoors, and international travel. From an Italian Olympic sports professional to a Taiwanese industrial designer, our multitudes of backgrounds and experiences have helped us to create the best travel wallet ever. If you're ever in town and want to grab a quick coffee, we can accommodate you in English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German, Hindi, Urdu, and Kiwi!

OUR DESIGN

Our design process mirrors a blend of tradition and innovation that is characteristic of all our products. Each product is hand-crafted from the highest quality genuine leather available around the globe, sourced from LWG gold-rated tanneries which only serve top-of-the-line luxury leather brands. Every product that makes it through our design process adheres to 5 criteria that distinguish our products from the others on the market: Efficiency, Safeguarding, Innovation, Quality Craftsmanship, and Style.

EFFICIENCY

We started this brand because we were fed up with inefficient everyday carry items: people’s products didn’t make sense to them. Why should you carry around an unnecessarily clunky wallet when you really only need 5-6 cards? We patented our own easy access cardholder: at the click of an ergonomically-placed button, all your cards are presented in a smooth, staggered manner. The design of this slim wallet means you can fit the most cards in the smallest space and gracefully access them at any time. Every product we release is designed with this goal: to be optimally efficient.

SAFEGUARDING

Your wallet is more than your money… it's your data, your identity, and your way to move through the world! That’s why we chose to safeguard every aspect of our EDC products. When you purchase a wallet, you’re not only getting an RFID-secured credit card holder, but a trackable card holder too. With our crowd GPS technology, your slim wallet can connect remotely to your phone so you can always find it at the click of a button. The app will provide you with its exact location, and will even give you directions back to it!

INNOVATION

To us, innovation means bringing together the luxury of classic leather goods and the invention of slim technologies to create a wallet that's the best of both worlds. Our products were named some of the best Kickstarter wallets because their hidden technology integrates seamlessly into everyday life, making each day a little simpler. We found a way to make new high-tech features work with the technology you're already used to carrying around; it just makes sense.

STYLE

Our goal was to create a product that was bursting with advanced technology, but still had a classic style to it. That’s why we decided to use a slim, minimalist design to create wallets from the best quality leather on the market. An Ekster® wallet is completely attuned to your lifestyle; it's unique to you, shaping according to the way you use it. Our wallets are also designed for versatility, keeping you stylish both on the job and in the streets.

CRAFTSMANSHIP

At Ekster, the legacy of modern Dutch design comes with the best quality of leather craftsmanship, a unique and thorough design process, and a desire to constantly improve. We wanted to find a way to hold on to the old world beauty of leatherworking, while giving our products the needed innovative touch of slim technology. That’s why we only use high-end, top-grain leather from LWG gold-rated tanneries; better for the environment, and better for you.

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