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.
Paul Smith Leather Credit Card Wallet
Best for: Cards and minimal cash.
It's fitting that Paul Smith, one of England's most celebrated apparel designers, went to Spain to manufacture his Teal Credit Card Wallet. Talk about a party in your pants. The sea-and-sun palette all but screams Barcelona, long a favorite escape of Englishmen sick and tired of shaking out umbrellas under leaden skies. And its diminutive size makes it perfect as a passport companion. If you were on a boat heading, say, from Manchester to the Mediterranean, you'd want something like this in your pocket: small and neat, with six card slots, two pockets, and a top hatch for notes (bank or otherwise).
Speaking of money, there are a number of other, less expensive versions of this design (different colors and leather) available, but they're made in Italy. The difference is the quality of the handiwork and materials. The Spanish leather is smooth and supple, and with or without the Catalonian colors, this little wallet is just nice to carry around. Interestingly, American dollars are too wide to fit in the large compartment. But maybe that's the point. [$225; paulsmith.co.uk]