Every man we know feels strongly about his wallet. Some love them and look for an excuse to flaunt them ("Let me get the first round"), while others resent having a hole slowly worn through their jeans and the back pain that comes from perpetually sitting at an angle. The latter sort often don't buy new billfolds because they think that unwieldy hunks of leather are just a fact of life.
Not so much. Wallets should be the helpmate you visit every time you participate in a transaction. They're your wing man, your assistant, your intern. And there are a wide enough variety of styles that there is certainly one out there suited to you. Here are a dozen storage solutions that work, from basic billfolds and credit card wallets to all-in-one solutions that'll also hold your phone and protect you from RFID-wielding identity thieves. You just have to decide which solution will work for you.
Atelier Pall Slim Leather Wallet
Best for: Money and cards in a handcrafted, artisanal package.
Straight out of Romania comes a brand we've been drooling over for a while now. Dreamed up in a cobbler's shop in 1955, Atelier Pall is now a large, family-owned leather studio putting out an array of beautiful handcrafted goods.
Out of all the unique wallet designs offered, this duotone number stands out. It feels both slim and burly. The leather used is a bit thicker than you might expect, but the simple and efficient design keeps it to front-pocket dimensions. The build quality is tight and clean, with beeswax-burnished edges and serious stitch work. This thing could last a very long time with very heavy use.
The minimalist "little book" style splits the difference between a classic billfold and a credit card wallet. Open it up and the mouths of two internal pockets – each made of one piece of leather, folded – face each other. They're stitched to the wallet's outside at the sides only, and they feature a tabbed slot for two cards. These suspended pockets create two exterior slots, so you can easily tuck things away quickly without opening the wallet. And whatever you've stashed is waiting behind the pockets next time you crack open your little book. Great little details. [$50; atelierpall.com]