The Distil Union Wally Bifold Wallet Is Minimalist Without the Minimal

Distil Union describes the Wally bifold minimalist wallet as the “super-slim leather billfold wallet.” There’s actually truth in advertising here. The Wally bifold is super-slim, made of leather and includes a money-clip built right into the wallet. It is, by far, the best minimalist wallet I have tried. I’ve been using one of the $59.99 wallets and love it.

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Distil Union sent me four of their current products for review. Today we will take a look at the Wally bifold, but in the coming weeks we’ll also have a look at three other wallets the company offers. For me this one is, by far the best of the bunch and, in fact, the best minimalist wallet I have used.

The Wally bifold is a front pocket friendly billfold with money clip. We’ve eliminated the excess materials of most wallets for the slimmest profile, while Wallys distinctive pulltab gives you easy card access. Crafted with argentine leather in black or brown at distal Union.com for $59.99.

Available in smooth Ninja Black and full-grain Cowboy Brown, the wallet is properly sized to hold U.S. Dollars. That translates to it being 2.8″ tall, 4.2″ wide, and 0.3″ thin. It can hold bills up to 2.6″ tall so, if you carry currency other than US dollars, make sure to measure the bills before ordering the wallet.

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From Distil Union:

Lighten your load with the front-pocket friendly Wally Bifold. This billfold-style wallet carries up to 12 cards, plus a metal money-clip inside for all the dollar bills you’re lucky enough to have on ya.

Experience a wallet distilled to its essentials. In creating the Wally series, we used our pull-tab design to eliminate the need for interior pockets and excess that lead to bulky wallets – so you can carry the same amount of cards in a wallet half the size (literally). It’s so slim, you can comfortably carry Wally Bifold in your front pocket: No more back-pocket fat-wallet backaches!

I’ve been using a wide array of minimalist wallets. Most have either been made from plastic, metal or cheap leather. The Wally is different. Its leather is soft and supple, rich and refined. It looks… and feels… great. Better still, because it is a bifold this particular minimalist wallet holds quite a bit. Each side of the wallet has space for a few cards and a pull tab for easily ejecting the cards when you need them. In addition, because the pull tabs are two different colors you will always know which types of cards are where. For example, I have all my credit cards and other purchasing-related items on one side and my driver’s license, health insurance card and store courtesy cards on the other. It keeps things organized and I pretty much know where the card I want will be. It works rather well.

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As Distil Union explains:

What separates Wally from the sea of minimal wallets is easy, discreet access: Use the pull-tab to sneakily “eject” your cards, without even opening your wallet. Simply push your cards back into the pocket to retract the ribbon.

Organize your contents effortlessly Each side features a different colored ribbon, so you know at a glance what pocket to pull from. We’ve selected fine, Argentine leather that’s soft yet durable, so Wally will conform to whatever you carry most, becoming your own unique Wally over time.

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Add in the fact that the Wally bifold has a metal money clip built into it that can hold numerous bills in place without adding tremendously to the bulk of the wallet and you have something that works well AND won’t weigh you down.

Features:

  • Slim Fits comfortably in your back or front pocket
  • Smart Organize up to 12 cards between the 2 sides
  • Secure Interior money clip holds US Dollars
  • Access Pull-tabs reveal cards without opening your wallet

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Distil Union offers “5 Tips to Slim Your Wallet: Simply Carry Less and Lighten Your Everyday.” The points are actually worth the read. for example, they suggest,

Take pictures of your receipts No reason to store receipts (or mementos) in your wallet – your wallet is not a library. Let an old shoebox be your nostalgic archives, and use apps like Evernote or Concur to keep electronic copies of receipts. Or, simply take a picture of the receipt to keep track of it. YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU CAN SLIM YOUR WALLET.

And then while it is a bit self-serving, they note you should, “Get a thinner wallet Whether it’s psychological or physical, having a slimmer wallet is a great way to reinforce the idea and behavior of carrying less!”

Check out all of the tips here.

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And while you are there, order yourself a Wally bifold. Or, if you are really adventurous, check out on of their other minimalist wallets. We’ll be taking a look at the soon. See them all here.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample of the Wally bifold Minimalist Wallet.

What I Like: Beautiful leather; Well-made; Two sides for cards aids organization; Pull tabs for easy access; Pull tabs are color coded; Money clip

What Needs Improvement; Minimal but not the most minimalist wallet I’ve seen; Not inexpensive


About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.