A man’s wallet can reveal a lot about the owner. The size, the colour, even what’s kept inside. Essentially, it’s the male equivalent of the female handbag. It’s with this in mind that next time you’re out wallet hunting, you should spend some time deliberating exactly what it is you need from a money holder.
Not only do you need to factor in size and materials, which we’ll delve into in a bit, but as with any menswear item, you need to think about your budget. Wallets can range from incredibly affordable, somewhere around the $30-$50 mark, and extends way up into the hundreds and, even thousands, dollar mark, which is usually reflective of the brand, and the quality of the wallet.
The Perfect Wallet Size
Wallets can be incredibly slim or oversized. The most common styles are cardholder, bi-fold, and tri-fold. A cardholder is exactly what it suggests: a holder for cards. Where they differ is how many cards they can carry; some will have space for just two or three while others may be able to hold up to 10. You can even find cardholders with space for some notes, offering the best of both worlds.
Bi-fold and tri-fold wallets will, naturally, have space for cards too (some cardholders may come in a bi-fold design too) but will usually offer more space for notes and coins.
Realistically speaking, most of us are much more likely to pay for everything by card, or even with our phones these days, making the cardholder style the perfect wallet size. However, if you regularly handle and use cash, or you like a place to keep receipts in your wallet, you’re definitely going to have to choose a bi-fold or tri-fold wallet.
Why Wallet Construction Matters
Leather is the most common material used in wallets because it ages well and is durable & long-lasting. But as you should know with leather by now, it can come in a variety of finishes and colours. Most wallets are crafted from full-grain leather with either a pebbled finish or an extremely smooth finish, but the variant you choose is entirely dependent on your personal preference.
And as with any material, there are different levels of quality. In general, if you put a few extra dollars into your purchase then you’re going to get better leather – which means good longevity and a wallet that is going to evolve beautifully over time.
Men’s Wallets FAQ
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We’ve put together a list of the brands we think are at the top of their wallet game right now and have the best men’s wallets all perfect for the next time you need to find somewhere new to store your cards and cash.
Bellroy, first founded to create a slim and practical wallet, have expanded over the last ten years into a leading men’s accessory brand. All of Bellroy’s wallets are crafted from premium and durable materials, feel great in your hand, and will age beautifully as the years go by. Plus, they’re so well-designed that even when filled with cards and cash, you’ll never struggle to close or have a bulging Bellroy wallet. If you’re after a sleek and sophisticated wallet, Bellroy is a brand you can’t ignore.
German luxury fashion house, Hugo Boss, founded in 1924, is renowned for their opulent range of clothing, accessories, footwear, and fragrances. Hugo Boss offers both bi-fold wallets and cardholders, all crafted from premium leather. All of Hugo Boss’ men’s wallets are fully lined and can fit an impressive amount of cards and cash considering their compact and sleek designs.
Iowa native Todd Snyder makes effortless everyday luxuries for the modern gentleman. His range of wallets include cardholders and bi-fold wallets, all made from premium leathers. Available in a variety of colours, a Todd Snyder wallet will keep your cards and cash organised, and will look good while doing so.
Renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity, Paul Smith is one of Britain’s foremost designers. Paul Smith’s men's leather wallets range from classic billfolds to credit card holders to money clips, with monogramming available on selected styles for an elegant personal touch. Crafted using the finest leathers, and available in both classic and playful colours, Paul Smith knows a thing or two about how to stash your cash with style.
Overnight luggage initially propelled Troubadour into the public eye, with their wonderfully crafted leather bags. They have now gathered all their accumulated knowledge and started to branch out into other avenues, such as wallets. Troubadour’s range of wallets are lightweight, slim, and sophisticated. All wallets are crafted from premium leather, and are an elegant choice for storing your cards and money.
For well over 100 years, London based brand, Smythson have been mastering the art of creating exquisite leather accessories. They use anything from cowhide to alligator skin to craft their pieces and have a price point for mid to higher-end budgets. Smythson’s range of wallets for men are timeless and refined, as well as functional. With cardholders and bi-folds available, Smythson is an excellent place to purchase a wallet.
Founded in 2014 by Michael Saiger, Miansai specialises in jewellery made from high-quality leathers and metals. Their wallets are expertly manufactured using genuine Italian leather that gets better with age, offering a bit of stylish class every time they’re opened in public. Plus, most of Miansai’s wallets can be monogrammed with your initials for an elegant personal touch.
It is very much the fine attention to detail that separates Montblanc’s creations from that of other major designers. The fact that Montblanc have continually led the way in luxury accessories since the 1920s, says a lot about their approach and the materials they use. Montblanc’s range of wallets and cardholders are made with full-grain calfskin leather, and are perfect for those who admire high-quality craftsmanship.
If you prefer a more colourful wallet than traditional blacks and browns, then ACNE Studios’ is the brand for you. Their range of wallets have a minimalistic design, but the colourways available are bold and striking. All of ACNE Studios’ wallets are entirely made from premium Italian leather, feature silver foil branding, and will keep your cards and cash secure.
If you’re in the market for something a little more minimal and modern in aesthetic, then Saturdays NYC may have what you’re looking for. They might be new to the accessories game, but their range of wallets are surprisingly impressive. All wallets are made from naturally tanned leathers and are available in classic black or contemporary tan.
If you're someone who spends a lot of their time outdoors, whether it be exploring and hiking, or on building sites, you’ll need an incredibly durable wallet. Fortunately, Carhartt crafts gear with rugged living in mind. All of their wallets are made from a tough and durable leather, come in bi-fold and tri-fold styles, and have plenty of space for cards, notes, and coins.
British clothier of punk, alt-rock and premium style fashion, AllSaints knows a thing or two about leather and how to make something effortlessly cool out of it. It's certainly true of their wallet collection, which includes bi-folds and card holders in compact shapes. All are crafted from high-quality leather or suede, and feature metal hardware accents.
Founded in 2012, Harber London (which, naturally, hails from London) is a purveyor of extremely high quality leather goods, ticking off high-volume categories such as laptop sleeves, Dopp kits, backpacks, and, of course, wallets. Whether you're after a travel wallet for your passport, a coin purse for change, or a cardholder, Harber London has you covered with their timeless aesthetics, clever wallet architecture, and hard-wearing, responsibly sourced materials that make their wallets unique.
American Giant hails from San Francisco, so naturally, they have style running through their veins. Better still, the brand makes everything in the US, so you can be assured you're not getting something made to a budget.
They only have one men’s wallet on offer, the Horween Leather Card Wallet which is made in Florida, from leather sourced from the Horween Leather Co. With enough space for the essential cards and a bit of cash in a slim silhouette, and available in a black and a dark brown, it's the premium upgrade your back pocket needs.
The great thing about Aurelian is they offer luxury standard products at a more affordable price point, by doing away with mark-ups and just selling their collections for what they are worth, including a wide range of wallets. All of Aurelien’s wallets are made with the finest leather that can withstand daily wear and tear, and are available in cardholder and bi-fold styles in both classic and playful colours.
Allen Street is a proud reflection of its founders’ core values: authenticity, originality and outstanding quality above all. Bringing a newfound focus to the smaller, often neglected details of our daily lives, the brand perfects the accessories we count on the most; wallets, belts and more, using premium materials and traditional craftsmanship. Their range of wallets are colourful and modern, and playful without forgetting practicality.
Escuyer is a truly international effort. Their products are designed in Belgium, their fabrics are sourced from around the world, and everything gets put together in Portugal. The name comes from the old French word for Esquire, and they’re certainly making waves with their modern range of men’s wallets. All made from premium Italian vegetable tanned leather, an Escuyer wallet will keep your cash & cards secure in style.
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