Since 1990, René van Geer (Technical University [TU] Delft) and Marianne van Sasse van IJsselt (Charles Montaigne Fashion Academy) have been active in the field of design. In 2009, the Cardprotector was born. In 1990 they established the design agency Design Service International (DSI). Later, DSI was converted as SPIRID creation. For twenty years, with their creative team have been contributory in product innovations for companies such as Maxi-Cosi, KPN telecom, Sitecom and Quooker. While working on various products concerned with electronic payment for Postbank, ING and Rabobank, they became involved in the introduction of the Dutch debit cards, Chipper and Chipknip.
Consumers were not satisfied with the growing number of plastic cards that their wallets were not suited for. In 1997, this inspired them to develop the first card holder – the Bodycard. The Bodycard, just as the following products, was produced in the Netherlands.
In 2008 they chose to follow their big dream: a house brand and product line, developed from their own vision. They put all their knowledge and experience to work to design the ultimate card holder. In 2009, they launched the Secrid Cardprotector on the market, which won a Red Dot Design Award in 2010. In the same year, they started marketing their own line of leather wallets. In 2012, they won the Aluminium Award with our Miniwallet.
Today Secrid products are already being sold in 38 countries and their dream has become reality.
Change is the only constant in life. Coins and paper money have served as the primary method of payment for centuries. The arrival of high-tech cards caused a rapid replacement of these traditional means of payment. This new era of technology calls for an innovative type of wallet. One that protects both your privacy and your money. The Secrid wallet does exactly that both in terms of security and style. Secrid wallets are small on the outside but surprisingly big on the inside. Each Secrid wallet incorporates the ultra-thin aluminium Cardprotector.
PROTECT YOUR CARDS
Plastic cards have a hard time, they get bent and become brittle in your pocket. In particular, RFID/NFC cards are not safely stored in a regular wallet. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) or NFC (Near Field Communication) cards have a chip and an antenna for wireless communication. These cards, such as the public transportation pass, new credit cards and admission tickets, can be activated, selected and copied from up to many metres away, without you noticing. The Secrid Cardprotector works as a firewall in your wallet. To safely use an RFID/NFC card, you slide it out 3 cm from the Cardprotector; the sensitivity for the radio signal is then substantially reduced, but still sufficient for contact over short distances. By minimising the time duration and signal strength, you remain outside the reach of digital pickpockets.
MADE IN HOLLAND
Secrid cares about working conditions, quality and environmental issues. That is why all Secrid products are designed and manufactured in the Netherlands under the highest environmental and working standards. This is possible since we have developed our production process in close collaboration with our manufacturers. We work with specialist manufacturers, like a modern leather studio in a historic warehouse in the heart of Schiedam. The employees of a social enterprise in Leiden assemble our products with great enthusiasm and precision. In the production process, original materials are combined with modern technologies, ensuring good working conditions and high quality products. That is why you will receive a two-year guarantee on all of our Secrid products.
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