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.
Burberry London Leather Continental Wallet
Best for: Everything, including the phone.
The name says it all. The Continental's classic European style harks back to an earlier age when well-off gadabouts ran the rails all over France, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire with these, held under their arms and stuffed in their steamers.
Today, you don't see them as much, especially stateside. And you basically never see them being carried around by men. But that's changing. Call it a "man purse" all you want, it's just a leather carryall, a big wallet that'll hold your passport, your phone, your calendar, your checkbook, a pen, and whatever else you've got. We even carried a slim cigar around without doing any damage. It's a great wallet for travelers. Consolidating all your crap turns out to be a godsend.
If you're man enough to roll with a Continental, you can't do much better than this Burberry. Made in Italy of fine soft leather, it's built to last and features a standard full-length pocket, nine card slots, and two big pockets, one of them zippered. Go ahead, throw some silver dollars in there. [$450; burberry.com]