When on the hunt for a new wallet, deciding which one to buy can often become a deceptively hard choice comparable even too buying a new pair of denim. While the difficulty in choice can be partly attributed to the huge variety in today’s accessory market, the biggest struggle can be finding a wallet that enhances your current state of affairs.
Given that a wallet’s necessity is second to none and gets such frequent use, you’ll soon be kicking yourself numerous times each day unless you really love your the one you choose. Take a look at some that we love for a little inspiration.
1) Journeyman Wallet – Tanner Goods
The Journey Man wallet from Tanner Goods is an extremely versatile accessory that wouldn’t be out of place either on the ranch or at the races. The Journey Man has two card slots on either side of a central pocket to hold the bills. It’s also cut from 3.5 oz. tooling leather creating an extremely slim profile that would definitely be appreciated if you’re ever thinking about dressing up your denim. The Journey Man is available in five colors including oxblood, indigo and black, though we’re definitely leaning towards Tanner Good’s natural leather offering. Available at Tanner Goods for $60.
2) Billfold with Change Pouch – Il Bisonte
Italian leather craft brand Il Bisonte are well known for their pure quality cow-hide leather and quality construction techniques. What caught our eye about their billfold wallet is the added change pouch, an extremely useful detail that has become rare over recent years. Made in Italy, this wallet features 4 card slots, an 8″ long bill pocket as well as the aforementioned change pouch. Available at Unionmade Goods for $188.
3) Classic Bifold – Corter Leather
Corter Leather’s Classic Bifold is in all senses of the phrase, a classic wallet. It’s the type of wallet that your dad had, and his dad had, and even your dad’s dad’s dad had. The design has been around forever and because it’s so accommodating, there really is no reason to stray from it. Corter Leather offers the Classic Bifold in Black and Cognac Horween Chromexcel leather, both of which are crafted with a natural leather interior. Available through Corter Leather for $138.
4) Diamond Billfold – Draught Dry Goods
The Diamond Billfold by Draught Dry Goods is a wallet that has a distinctly naturalistic heritage look, one that would look great peeking out of any man’s pocket. The Diamond Billfold is made out of 10 oz. Waxed Canvas and will age just as nicely as any leather counterpart. It’s available in a multitude of colors, but it’s the olive version that appeals the most to us. Available at Draught Dry Goods for $50.
5) Mid-Length Wallet – Studio D’Artisan
The Mid-length wallet from Japanese heritage brand Studio D’Artisan is definitely one of the most stylish on this list. The wallet opens up to reveal a handy zippered coin pouch along with 6 credit card slots and a convenient bill pocket. The design team at Studio D’Artisan have taken no bit of space for granted and have really pushed the boundaries in terms of classic wallet design with this piece. Available at Blue in Green for $350.
6) Utility Bifold – Tanner Goods
Tanner Goods take on the classic bifold wallet is extremely similar to the offering from Il Bisonte albeit with a slimmer profile due to the lack of a coin pouch. The Utility Bifold is made out of either 3.5 oz. tooling leather or Chromexcel leather and is fully handmade in the USA so we know it will stand up through the test of time. Similar to the Journey Man wallet, the Utility Bifold is also offered in an array of finishes including oxblood, indigo, black and natural. Available from Tanner Goods for $75.
7) Caramel Billfold – Ken Diamond
The Caramel Billfold by Canadian leather worker Ken Diamond is a heritage inspired take on the classic billfold. The square cut corners, twin card slots and tidy hand-stamped branding of this design are all examples of the minimalistic, vintage details that Diamond has built his brand upon. The Caramel Billfold is constructed from vegetable tanned leather and is made by the hands of Diamond himself. Diamond also offers the same design in black or chocolate leather. Available from Ken Diamond for $94.
8) Credit Card Holder – Iron Heart
Best known for it’s heavyweight denim, Iron Heart has also dabbled in the leather goods industry. One particular piece of theirs that caught our eye is Iron Heart’s version of a classic card holder. Like many of the other wallet’s featured, Iron Heart’s Credit Card Holder is offered in black or tanned leather. Available at Iron Heart UK for $110.
9) Mini Wallet in Tabac – Mismo
The husband and wife team behind Mismo have built their company on a similar ethos to Ken Diamond, as the pair specialize in premium quality leathers and sophisticated craftsmanship. These two attributes are blended into classic Danish design and detailing to ensure that each piece in their collection is not without a sense of “purposeful minimalism.” This ethos is what drew us to Mismo’s Mini Wallet in Tabac. While it offers nothing groundbreaking, the Mini Wallet is simply a zippered coin purse, the simplicity, familiarity, and clear usability of the design is what appeals to us. Mismo also offers the Mini Wallet in black, navy and dark brown. Available at Neighbour for $110.
10) Rollway iPhone Case – Maple Supply Co.
The Rollway iPhone Case by Maple Supply Co. is an innovative new design, one that would be perfect for anyone looking to slim down their daily carry. The aesthetic of this case has clearly been thoughtfully designed and the result is an accessory that would be equally at home in the boardroom as it would on the boardwalk. In the construction of Rollway Case, Maple Supply Co. has utilized materials such as 5 oz. textured bison leather for the exterior, a lighter 2 oz. bison leather for the contrast card holder and a flannel lining in a nod to logging heritage that offers scratch protection for your iPhone. Available at Haven for $138.
11) Classic Plain Wallet – Comme Des Garcons
If you’re stuck between Il Bisonte’s Billfold and the Mini Wallet from Mismo, Japanese designer Comme Des Garcons may have created a best-of-both-worlds scenario with their Classic Plain Wallet. The wallet features a zipped exterior that opens to reveal an elegantly finished coin pouch and card holder, taking the talking points of both the aforementioned wallets and combining them into one design. One of our favorite aspects of this design, as with any Comme Des Garcons leather product, is the gold lettering gracing the inside of the wallet. Available at Dover Street Market for £142 GBP.
12) Horizon Three Wallet – Makr
The Horizon Three Wallet from Makr is a design that inherits a great deal from a regular car holder however instead of retaining a static two-sided design, Makr has taken inspiration from a bifold wallet. The result, a cardholder with a twist, is refreshingly new and would be a welcome addition to any of our pockets. Available from Makr for $90.