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Not all mens wallets are created equal
NOT ALL MENS WALLETS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Every man has received a wallet as a gift, but how many of these wallets were the right style? Some of us are brand conscious and are very particular about the brand of wallet. However, once you get past the preferred brand, your next challenge is finding the right style of wallet. Guess what, not all men’s wallets are the same! We hope to give you a basic guideline of the various styles of men’s wallets, as well as help you determine the range of quality.
Fortunately, there are many brands that follow the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price), which are priced appropriately based on their level of quality. In many circumstances the expensive wallets are simply more expensive because they have superior workmanship, premium leathers or more features. This is precisely why a customer is willing to pay more for a wallet by Acme Studio, Bosca, Hartmann, Johnston Murphy, Kenneth Cole, Lodis, Stewart/Stand Stainless Steel Wallets, Tony Perotti, Tumi or Victorinox. If the item is a gift, all of the above mentioned products come in a very nice presentation box, and will be well perceived by the gift recipient.
However, if you prefer a designer brand such as Cartier, Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc or ST Dupont you should be prepared to spend more money. The quality of these wallets is generally superb, and the leather or compositions are quite exquisite, and no doubt the workmanship is outstanding. However, the person who is making the purchase of a designer wallet should not be concerned with the price. In fact, if the price is a bargain, you most assuredly are buying a counterfeit. These products are only sold at the finest stores in the world by authorized dealers, so if you see the product on a back alley you have to make the assumption that the product is not the genuine article, it is most definitely a counterfeit. Don’t waste your money, as the look-a-likes don’t fool many people, and the workmanship is sure to be awful!
What if your priority is nice quality workmanship, great functionality, high quality leather, yet something affordable? Not to worry, we have those as well! Our three house brands Dilana, Mosaic and Vantaggio wallets are private label programs sold exclusively by the National Luggage Dealers Association (NLDA), the largest group of independently owned specialty luggage and gift retail stores in the United States. The Association has created a direct import program allowing their store owners to import directly from some of the identical factories as that of the recognizable name brands. Although, the concentration is on moderate priced product, they only work with the finest leathers. Since they are not dealing with the middleman, the customer price is substantially lower than comparable name brand product. Don’t worry about whether you are sacrificing quality, once you put this supple napa leather in your hand or marvel over the hand-stained Italian leather, you won’t have any doubt the quality meets your highest expectations! All three brands have leather interiors, not vinyl or synthetic. Consequently, the wallets last for an eternity, and are well worth the modest investment.
Finally, what popular styles are offered in men’s wallets?
1. Basic Billfold is generally classified as having 3 to four card slots on each side, although one side might have a picture ID window in place of a few of the card slots. The open position of a basic billfold is generally slightly larger than an American bill. The bill compartment can be divided into two sections allowing you to separate your larger bills or receipts. Keep in mind that a divided bill compartment adds bulk.
2. Passcase or Flipper Wallet is every bit as popular as the basic billfold. The description is identical to the above, except that this model has an extra flip-up feature with either window ID or additional card slots. Some of these flipper style wallets are marginally bulkier than the basic wallet, yet some allow you to remove the Passcase or flipper portion to carry as a mini-wallet. Ideal for dress pants or tuxedo pants.
3. Tri-fold Wallet is exactly as it sounds, the basic size is that of an American bill and the two outer sections fold inward towards the middle section. This is a traditional design that has been in existence since the beginning of time. However, the style continues to be one of the top sellers. Not the best choice if you are looking to avoid bulk. The card slots generally allow for vertical stacked credit cards to make the footprint of this wallet slimmer.
4. Extra-Page Wallet is not much different in function than that of a Passcase or flipper wallet. However, the extra-page wallet generally has the ‘extra-page’ of credit card stackers in the middle or in some models the extra page can be attached to one end or the other. Most extra-page designs leave off the divided bill compartment, which makes this style marginally thinner or less bulky than the Passcase wallet. However, this style allows for a great number of credit cards with a relatively slim footprint.
5. Front Pocket Wallet is the newest trend, and growing in popularity. Men don’t always want nor need the bulge in their back pocket. Not to mention, it is certainly not good for your posture or your back to be sitting on a large bulge. The front pocket wallets generally have a footprint no larger than a folded American bill, many styles offer a magnetic bill holder or leather covered bill clip. Most styles also have slots to hold your most essential credit cards or ID. All front pocket designs are quite popular and a great alternative to the bigger, thicker wallets of the past.
6. Hipster or Hip-Fold Wallet is quite a large wallet for a serious credit card toting gentleman that leaves nothing at home. Hipsters vary in size and can have 5 or more credit cards on either side. If that is not enough, they also make a version that has a center page with card slots on either side. So if you want to sit on something as thick as a paperback book, this Extra Page Hipster is certainly the answer. Having said that, this wallet is incredibly popular.
7. Money Clip Wallet is generally not much different in size than that of a front pocket wallet as described above. The basic difference is these generally have a spring-steel money clip that is centered in the middle of the billfold. The most popular design has two or three credit card slots on either side and the clip holds a large number of bills. You can find variations of these money clip wallets that have both the spring steel money clip and many more card slots more similar to a conventional wallet. However, these variations no longer have the slim footprint of the conventional money clip wallet.
8. Magnetic Clip is absolutely ideal for someone looking to carry nothing more than American greenback. The most common design is smaller than a folded American bill, yet the leather covered magnets are so powerful you can place a thick stack of bills between the magnets. We also see that some brands are horseshoe shaped. The shape is not as important as the strength of the magnets. I suggest putting a large stack of folded bills and testing the strength of the magnet.
9. Coin Pocket Wallet is not too popular amongst the typical American consumer, yet this style actually has quite a following with European or South American customers. It is all a function of whether they carry coins in addition to bills and cards. It is certainly a practical style if you are willing to trade off a few credit card slots.
10. Card Case is precisely what you imagine. It is designed to hold business cards or credit cards and some models have gussets to allow for a multitude of cards and some are slim and only designed to hold the most essential cards. Most styles have a slot that will allow for a few emergency bills if you are trying to conserve on space or bulk. However, these styles generally are better suited for cards only.
11. Pocket Secretary, Coat Pocket Wallet or Credit Card Stacker is ideal for the gentleman who wears a sport coat or suit. Some models have credit card slots on one side and a bill divider or checkbook on the other. While other models have up to 12 credit card slots on each panel. They are generally slightly larger than a checkbook cover, but not well suited for the back pocket.
12. Fabric Tri-fold or travel billfold seems to never die. This is the model that most of us used as a teenager, yet they are still quite popular and practical. Many models have a Velcro or zippered closure. One of our premium brands, Victorinox, has reintroduced a contemporary version that is ideal of the international traveler.