FASHION - INTERVIEW
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Olivier Momma, Rick Scharnigg, Richard Canneman
FASHION - INTERVIEW
by Mehmet Kaplan
Losing our wallet is one of our greatest fears. If we could track it, it would be easier to find when we lost it. Today's technology now allows this, all we have to do is to integrate this technology into the wallet in a stylish way. Olivier, Rick and Richard had this idea, and Ekster was born. I talked to Olivier Momma, Founder of Ekster Wallets, to learn more about Ekster design and production philosophy, and the future of trackable smart wallet.
Olivier, before start talking about Ekster Wallets, could you tell us about yourself?
Photo : Olivier Momma, Founder of Ekster Wallets
Born in Amsterdam and lived in Japan, Italy, Spain, USA, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore. Met Rick in the US for Fulbright scholarship and went on to study International Business Administration in Rotterdam. During this study, I lived in Hong Kong and Singapore for Finance and IT Consulting internships. During the Second year of this study, Ekster was born and launched.
How did the EKSTER idea was born and what is the story behind it? What was the inspiration to design these minimalist wallets?
Ekster® was founded in Rotterdam, inspired by a bird called the "Magpie", also known as an "Ekster" in the Netherlands. Magpies are often referred to as "thieving magpies" due to their tendency to track down shiny objects' such as jewelry and coins. Our personal struggles with the products offered in the market today, motivated us to develop this trackable smart wallet. There are several pains and trends in the market that inspired us to design the ultimate smart wallet with a look at the future. Security issues, bulky wallets, NFC payments and too much fidgeting are all reasons why we decided to make a change in this industry.
Could you tell us about Ekster Wallets design & production philosophy?
Innovative solutions for organized access, safeguarding daily accessories in the most stylish manner.
All our products NEED to have/be:
What does Smart Wallet mean? What are the features and advantages of this technology?
An ultra-slim trackable smart wallet with instant card access. It is designed so you never lose your wallet or phone again!
QUICK CARD ACCESS
Ekster® smart wallets allow you to access your cards with the click of a button, using our improved patent-pending mechanism.
The removable tracker card makes sure you can keep track of your smart wallet's location and ring it when lost.
The removable tracker card runs on solar energy and only requires 3 hours of light to last a full month.
LAST SEEN LOCATION
The TrackR app will automatically remember the last time & place you had your Ekster wallet. This way you will know exactly where to start looking.
Lost your wallet? Using the TrackR app to ring your tracker card and vice versa, double press your tracking card to ring your phone when in range.
If you lose your wallet, you’ll automatically be notified of it’s most recent location whenever a TrackR community member passes by it.
Our RFID/NFC blocking cardholder protects your cards from wireless skimming and private data theft.
Tracker card is very slim, where does its' power come from?
Our Tracker Card is solar-powered to ensure it never loses charge and you never lose it again. This ultra-slim tracker only needs 3 hours of sunlight to last a full month and allows you to ring your phone or wallet as well as track it on a map.
There is an iPhone case in your collection. Does it have the same features as your wallets?
The luxury Ekster iPhone case is perfect for those who like to keep it minimal and slim. It offers room for 1 scanner card and space for emergency cash. Additionally, this iPhone wallet case has integrated slots that hold a reset pin and an extra sim card for when on the road or travelling. Works for iPhones 6, 7, and 8.
Do you use your own designed products in your daily life? What do you enjoy most about using EKSTER designs?
We are huge fans of efficiency and style, and all of our products consist of both!! We love them all ;)
What type of materials do you prefer in your production? What are your products common features?
All our products are handcrafted from the highest quality genuine leather available in Europe. Our tanneries serve only top-of-the-line luxury leather brands. Each and every one of Ekster's wallets has its own unique characteristics and ages beautifully over time.
How often do you add a new design to your collection? Do you plan for any new product?
Every year we launch a new generation of our flagship products and add at least two products! A new launch is coming soon, to be the first to find out, sign up to our newsletter.
What is the importance of social media for EKSTER? How can our readers follow EKSTER?
Social media channels and our newsletter are the first places where we announce our new sneap previews, discounts, and giveaways!
Instagram - @eksterwallets
Facebook - @eksterwallets
Twitter - @eksterwallets
Pinterest - @eksterwallets
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcJJkI9nu0PugV5vh86EDrQ?view_as=subscriber
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/10221195/admin/updates/
How can our readers buy EKSTER products? Do you have an international delivery option?
ekster.com (we ship worldwide, express and for FREE in EU and US)
What are your plans for the future?
Launching a wide range of innovative solutions for organized access, safeguarding daily accessories in the most stylish manner.
Thank you Olivier.