2020 may be conspiring against us, but next time you offer to get the drinks in, fork out for dinner or pick up the tab, 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 wallets to buy now…
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 Magic Wallet is yet another fantastic innovation from the brand. With cleverly crafted lengths of elastic, your notes will stay safely stowed no matter which way you open it. 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 high-value red notes when you flip open your wallet? Then you’ll need a one with a smidge 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 fifty 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 damson leather wallet from Paul Smith 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
Paul Smith monogrammed billfold wallet
Montblanc 4810 Westside wallet
To protect 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 twenty at.
If you’re really looking to make an impression, this bullskin 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 its 4810 collection. And, never one to disappoint, Smythson offers its practical coat wallet in a stylish navy.
Asprey GMT 12 card wallet
Montblanc 4810 Westside long wallet
Smythson Slim coat wallet
Gather up your loose change with a coin purse
Because real men don’t jangle. Nobody wants to hear you rattling around the office; coppers sounding off in your pockets. So why not give your shrapnel a proper home, and throw it into a sturdy coin purse?
Hand crafted from Italian calf leather, the horseshoe-style coin holder from Maxwell Scott 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.
Maxwell Scott coin holder
Ettinger Bridle hide tray purse
Dunhill Duke wallet with coin purse