Time to retire this soldier.

Finding the perfect men’s wallet – it’s a pretty tough job, especially when you are buying it for yourself.  Growing up, you’re used to getting one that you weren’t all too excited about for Christmas or your birthday and end up using it because you are too lazy to use anything else.

As for me, it’s time to take charge and get myself a wallet that I love.

My current wallet is on its last legs – the satin is giving way, the leather is faded and tattered and my wife is embarrased to have me show it in public.  She’s suggested I go the designer route, i.e. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc.

Fortunately for me, I like to search for alternatives to the everyday and the popular.  I went through dozens of sites and found two that really helped me out with my search: coolmaterial.com and uncrate.com.  These sites are self-proclaimed “cool stuff for dudes” sites where they showcase all the latest in men’s gear.

I decided to put them to the test for my wallet search.  I am looking for something that is indestructible, light, plain on the outside but with some sort of design asthetic that makes the wallet unique, a wallet that I can take on both formal and casual occassions and finally something that says – subtle and refined style.

Here are the finalists from my search:

The Psycho Bunny Leather Billfold
Are you kidding me?  The Psycho Bunny is a great logo and slogan.  Love the interior color, title, stitching and design work.  I don’t love the price though.

The Psycho Bunny by Ettinger- Bridle Leather Billfold (black). $345 at psycho-bunny.com.

The Vaja Classic Euro Wallet
This wallet is great because you can customize the colors and it has a unique style.  I am not so familiar with brand, but coolmaterial.com gives it a thumbs up.  Is it worth the risk for $80?

The Vaja Classic Euro Wallet. $80 from vajacases.com.

The Stewart Stand Black Leather Wallet
To say this wallet is made of leather, would be actually incorrect.  It’s made of “woven steel cloth 3 times thinner than a piece of paper”.  I have a feeling this wallet would handle the indestructible part of my needs.  Not bad for around $100.

It doesn't look like it's made of steel, but it is.

The J. Fold Sports Wallet
J. Fold makes a lot of cool looking wallets for different sensibilities.  Since I am looking for something that can work for both formal and casual occassions, I picked the Sports Wallet in black with the orange trim (just to keep it real).  In stock and ready to roll for $67.

The J. Fold Sports Wallet in black with orange trim. $67 on jfold.com.

The Neves Wallet with an Embossed Skull and Crossbones
This wallet is almost as good as one that says “Bad Ass Muthaf(%#@r” on it.  Am I too old to have a skull and crossbones on my person?  Never.  Pretty affordable for $40 too.

Yyyyarrr. $40 on thinkneves.com.

Makr Carry Goods’ Angle Wallet in Horween – Ox Blood
I have been reading so much about these wallets in magazines and online articles.  Are they really that good?  Can I live with a wallet that just has one pocket for everything?  Will it work for more formal occassions?

The Makr Carry Goods Angle Wallet. Ingenious or just two pieces of leather sewn together?

The Gucci Leather Bifold Wallet in white
No I am not a label whore.  But this white is pretty pimp.   Unfortunately a little higher on the price range at $270.  It’s also backordered for 5 months on the Nieman Marcus website (wtf?).

The Gucci Leather Bifold. Something you should have for your next Miami drug run - I mean - vacation.

Paul Smith Wallet – Naked Lady Double Billfold Wallet
What is better than seeing money in your wallet?  Seeing a naked lady.  Not sure how well this would go in church though.  $280 is also pretty steep.

Is that a naked lady in your wallet?

So many choices and all of them pretty good.  Unfortunately I don’t have the funds to check each one out for myself and see which one fits my needs the most.

Which one will I get?  Stay tuned…

ESM

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