Design is important with any product, but with wallets design is almost everything. It determines the aesthetics, usability, and comfort of the thing in question, and if you get all those things right, it’s really hard to make a bad wallet. Case in point: this £59 ($80) Compact Coin wallet from a small English company named Nodus. Its name is a little misleading, though, as it can only fit a few coins and its greatest usefulness is for someone like me, richer on contactless cards than nickel-based legal tender. Like the Waterfield Finn Access Wallet that I reviewed a couple of months ago, the Compact Coin has RFID shielding, which is simply a barrier for wireless transmission that helps me keep one set of payment cards insulated on the inside and just one card, typically my travel pass, usable on the outside. The Compact Coin also has a zipper and the same basic layout as the Finn Access, but it slims everything down and elevates the quality of design a little bit higher. I’ve been using it for the past month and a half, and I have to say it’s grown to become my new favorite wallet: fitting perhaps slightly less than my previous one, but doing it in finer style and without bulging out my jeans pocket as much. Photo: Nodus I’m a sucker for a good origin story, and Nodus is an endearing example of a couple of young product designers getting their heads together and starting a business from scratch. Having begun with a Kickstarter campaign for an iPhone case in 2013, they quickly expanded to making wallets too, and the Compact Coin is their latest product, launched without any crowdfunding help. They use only the good kinds of leather — full grain and top grain, vegetable-tanned for a more eco-friendly coloring — and they sweat the little details like the subtly debossed octopus logo. I love the feel and texture of the full-grain Compact Coin wallet, which is starting to age handsomely at the edges. It also smells nice. Despite the “coin” in the name of this wallet, I would absolutely not recommend it as a coin pouch. What makes it nominally coin-friendly is the zipper, which i find useful for a different reason. I use the tiny coin compartment inside to always