Best for: Coins, cash, and just a few cards. Ideal for minimalists.
The Charlie is for the minimalist who can't quite bring himself to leave the cards behind. This handsomely embossed full-grain leather case features three outer card slots (one with an easy-access thumb cutout) and a roomy center pocket. Each is fully lined with a coated cotton-polyester fabric in red and white stripes. It looks like a candy cane in there. It's a nice touch. The leather looks great and is designed to take on a nice patina, but the colors and contrast in the pockets brighten things up.
What's really surprising, though, is just how much stuff you can cram into the Charlie and still feel as though you're not carrying much. The pinch-open design of the center pocket lets you keep some silver in there, as long as you've got a bill or two to stash on top. And even with the interior full of cash, you can still fit two or three cards into each of the three slots. It's a big haul for something that's technically not even a wallet. [$30; herschelsupply.com]