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