The first thing that stands out about the Dango D01 Dapper wallet is its look. Made from a metal frame and wrapped in good quality leather the Dapper combined the best of both materials in a completely original design.
The first came.across the Dango.brand while doing research on the best metal wallets (click here for my top 7 metal wallets) and was immediately sold with the style they stood for. Dango were established in 2015 when they successfully secured funding on Kickstarter and they continue to innovate and create exciting and new wallets every year.
‘Dango Products is a company that nurtures and cultivates neat ideas! Not only do we thrive on solving daily problems with simple solutions, but we also aspire to provide life experiences with a sense of style and uniqueness. At Dango Products, we want to tell extraordinary stories through design and experience’.
Look & Design
The thing that drew men – and many others – to this wallet is its look. For someone considering purchasing this wallet the unique look is by far the most important aspect of the wallet. As mentioned it is a combination of a metal frame coated on both sides by leather. Threw the middle of the wallet lies an elasticated band used to secure your notes.
The Dapper D01 also comes in a range of colours including black/sliver, brown/silver, red/grey, black/grey and brown/red. Personally some of these color combinations are a bit weird (I’m looking at you brown/red) but they also have unique charm which someone is bound to like.
The wallet feels great in the hand. The brushed metal has a good weight to it to provide a premium feel but not too heavy so its noticable. The elastic strap is also high quality and durable. Many slim wallets like the Dango Dapper have weak and flimsy straps which are bound to snapping. I really don’t think this will be an issue with the Dapper D01.
Functionality & Utility
Minimalist wallets such as the Dapper can suffer from functionality issues as they favour a smaller size over many features. The Dapper actually does a great job of utilising its clever design to be as functional as it can be.
The wallet can hold a huge amount of cards for its size. The Dapper website specified it can hold 12+ cards which is theoretically true (I made it to 15) but you’ll end up with more of a sandwich than a wallet. I think even 12 is too many and found around half of that to be a good number before the wallet starts to bulk out and loose its minimalist size.
The Dapper D01 is also RFID secured. For those who don’t know if this is a feature to help combat contactless fraud. With contactless payments becoming more and more common in shops it can become easy for thieves to rob you. RFID protection is their to prevent this and will protect your contactless cards from such shenanigans.
One nice addition to the Dapper is the push notch. Located on the underside of the wallet this is a nifty feature used to simply have better access to your cards on the go, and allows you to push out your cards. This is a nice addition to the wallet but the issue of what I like to call ‘card stacking’ still exists. This is when cards are stored by having them all bunched together on top of each other and – in my opinion – is one of the worst way to store cards in a wallet. Cards become difficult to navigate and cards in the middle are difficult to get access to.
Finally the Dapper D01 also comes with a built-in bottle opener. Definitely a unique feature that I didn’t know I needed, but I actually found myself using it on multiple occasions when getting drunk. It wasn’t as if I didn’t have access to another bottle opener but having one in my pocket meant I didn’t need to leave my couch. Not a necessity but nice to have.
If you’re looking for style and to stand out from the crowd then the Dapper D01 wallet is definitely a great wallet to consider. Coming in at $69.00 it’s not for the faint-hearted. Cheaper options for metal wallets do exist but the quality of the Dapper and it’s unique look can sway anyone regardless of the price tag. For more information on the Dapper D01 Wallet check them out by clicking the link below.
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