I spent the weekend at the Princeton reunion (spectator not graduate) and it had me thinking a lot about fat wallets (theirs not mine). But no matter how many zeros your bank account has, here are the best ways to hold your money, including my personal carry.
There’s some debate about whether to go the slim billfold route or the money clip and card case route, neither is incorrect; like most things in life it comes down to personal preference. But let’s agree, both are better than a wallet that looks like it’s never seen an old receipt that it didn’t like.
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This true slim wallet by Güs, measuring only 1/4″ thick, is my personal carry. I’ve had it for about 7 years and it’s developed a wonderful patina of it’s own. The rich vegetable tanned leather and slick splitshot design still packs six card slots, two internal pockets, and a bill compartment. 100% Italian leather, made in Italy.
This cardholder by Paul Smith is typically bright and typically beautiful. Paul has a way with color and it shows here. With a sizable amount of function packed in, it has space for four cards, and a central compartment for folded cash. In case you forgot how wonderful it is it features “hand burnished” in the bottom right, and those hands came from Spain. Hand made in Spain.
When in doubt, crocodile. Why? Because crocodile. This perfect cardholder by Santiago Gonzalez features the usual for slim cardholders, four slots and an internal compartment, but this one is made from brilliant green crocodile leather. You really can’t beat to look or feel of this one. Because crocodile.
I usually don’t like money clips since they necessitate also carrying a cardholder, but this is one of the most unique and beautiful clips I’ve ever seen. From the Gaia Metal Workshop in Alabama It stands on it’s own due to it’s unusual double-sided design. Laboriously and completely handmade, the hammered copper will gain it’s own weathered patina with use and make this piece stand out even more. Cards on one side, cash on the other, you can’t lose and you can’t get much slimmer than that.
Keep your wallet slim and stunning because it might be a complete luxury soon in the digital age. But for now whatever you decide to put your money in should be as stylish as the rest of you. Very.