5 Best Wallets For Gentlemen – Quality Leather Billfold, Card Case, Phone, Slim & Men's Coat Wallet

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00:00: Introduction

Just like clothes, wallets can have a huge impact on your wardrobe and it should be an extension of your personality.

00:35 History
It was first introduced after paper money became popular in the US in 1690. The first wallet was introduced by the Massachusetts Bay Company. The pocket-sized wallet that we know today became popular in the 1950’s.

Craftsmanship Hallmarks of Men’s Wallets

01:34 1. Open Pore Leather
You want to look for a leather that is not pigment coated or at least minimally. That enables the leather to develop a patina and over time, it will just age better.

03:22 2. Leather-Lined Divider
Majority of wallets have a single liner that is made out of cheap fabric material, it gives a cheap sound and it will wear out very quickly.

04:09 3. Folded and Sewn Edges
The wallet is functional, you’ll collect dirt around the edge and the edge may fray. Both of which make it look old. A much better way to construct the edges is to use a double folded edge, you can see the outer shell is folded and so is the inside liner.

04:56 4. Edge Painting
An alternative way to finish the edge on a wallet is to edge paint it. To do that, you use a Filiteuse which is a small tool that is hot and you’ll add wax and paint to seal and finish off the edge so it doesn’t fray and wear easily.

05:16 5. Sewn Card Slots
If you go with nicely made compartments made of leather that are folded and sewn individually, you end up with a much stronger wallet and you’ll be able to use it for years to come.

05:47 6. Rounded corners
The pointier they are, the more likely they are to catch something in your pocket and they come out less easily. Therefore, you always want a wallet that has nicely rounded edges so you don’t pull any threads in your clothing and you can easily take it in and out of your pocket.

06:09 7. A Point of Interest
Usually shows you that somebody put thought into the product.

06:28 8. Durability
If you have an alligator leather wallet, chances are, the overall workmanship is much higher because the leather cost would be much higher.

06:44 9. No Plastic
Most wallets feature some form of plastic whether it’s the liner, or some case, usually it ages prematurely and it just looks cheap.

06:56 10. Initials
This can be very popular on a wallet and while they’re not necessarily a quality hallmark, you should look for something that is just plain embossed without gold and solver foil because that will stand the test of time.


07:24 1. With Coin Purse
If you carry coins, simply put them in the coin pocket of your pants and you will have a much slimmer wallet in your chest which gives it a nice silhouette.

07:44 2. Billfold
It’s called that way because the bills in there are folded and it usually has about 6-8 card slots, sometimes, even more, and it folds a single time.

08:12 3. Minimalist wallets
These are meant to be much thinner and usually, you can only put about 4-5 cards on them and maybe some cash but otherwise, they won’t take anymore.

08:26 4. Coat wallet
Longer so that bills don’t have to be folded.

08:39 5. Phone Wallet
While it’s convenient to have everything in one place, the problem can be that it simply gets too thick in your pocket.

09:03 6. Card Holder
They’re big enough to hold credit cards or check cards and your ID as well as some cash.

In terms of color, I suggest you start with something like black or brown however, those are very boring colors and everybody has them so try to get something with a contrasting inside. If you don’t like that, you can also look at different colors. Personally, I like burgundy or cordovan or dark chocolate brown. Of course, if you really want to be extrovert, you can go with green, orange, or red.

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