Next time you offer to get the drinks in, fork out for tickets or pick up the tab — which you definitely should — it’ll pay to pull out a quality wallet. And that goes double if you’re doling out business cards; crumpled edges don’t scream ‘professional’.
But the benefits go even beyond these. A fine leather wallet is a sure-fire signifier that you’re a man who understands the importance of investing in style and craftsmanship over throwaway fashion. If you choose correctly, it’ll last decades. So allow us to point you in the direction of some of the best ways to stash your cash…
To go for the minimalist option, try a card holder
Slim, smart and sophisticated, the card holder is the ideal stripped-back wallet for the man who likes to pack light. Enough room for your essentials, but without the temptation to ram it full of ticket stubs and loyalty cards you’re never going to use again, it’s the perfect way to overcome pocket bulges — while still keeping all your cards and cash in one safe place.
Ettinger’s leather accessories range has just grown, and the Magic Wallet is their latest fantastic innovation. With cleverly crafted lengths of elastic, your notes will stay safely stowed no matter which way you open it. And, if you fancy having a closer look at one of these, they are available for purchase in our new store in the Burlington Arcade. Alternatively, more traditional options are available from Mulberry, or this crocodile leather choice from Aspinal of London.
Ettinger Magic wallet
Mulberry Card holder
Aspinal Slim credit card case
If you’re flash with your cash, opt for a billfold
You like to carry around a little more cash, do you? Like the flash of purple — or more likely, red notes when you flip open your wallet? Then you’ll need a wallet with a bit more capacity. A billfold with a built-in money clip is the way to go if you err on the profligate side, and will ensure you never lose an errant twenty ever again.
Made from soft calf leather, the Panama Money Clip wallet from Smythson is an impossibly cool option. Or, if you fancy something a little more below the radar, this black natural grain wallet from Mulberry could be the best option for you. Alternatively, Montblanc’s Westside wallet is a refined option with an air of Swiss sophistication.
Smythson Panama Money Clip wallet
Mulberry Money Clip wallet
Montblanc 4810 Westside wallet
To keep the lines of your coat, go for a coat wallet
For men who like to make a statement — but only when paying — a coat wallet is the ideal purchase. When you stow it in the folds of your coat, it’s nigh-on invisible. But, when you pull it out, there are more card slots and money pouches than you can shake a crisp fifty at.
If you’re really looking to make an impression, this lizard skin wallet from Asprey is sure to impress whoever is sat across the table from you. Or, if you like a more conservative look, then Montblanc has you covered with their 4810 collection. And, never ones to disappoint, Smythson offers their practical coat wallet in a stylish navy.
Asprey GMT Twelfth pocket breast wallet Bullskin
Montblanc 4810 Westside long wallet
Smythson Slim coat wallet
Gather up your loose change with a coin purse
Jangling around with loose change in your pocket should be considered a sin. Nobody wants to hear you rattling around the office, with coppers bouncing around in your shapeless pockets. So why not give that shrapnel a proper home, and throw it into a sturdy coin purse?
Hand crafted from Italian calf leather, the Horseshoe coin holder from Aspinal is a meticulously crafted option. Alternatively, add a splash of hidden colour with the bright yellow interior of the Ettinger bridle tray purse. Or go for this square alternative from Dunhill, that also comes with a slot in the back for cards.
Aspinal Coin holder
Ettinger Bridle hide tray purse
Dunhill Sidecar coin purse
Now you’ve got your wallet sorted, get the rest of your workwear on point…