During this past weekend’s Worn & Wound Wind Up Watch Fair, held at Chelsea Market in Manhattan, I had a chance to catch up with Worn & Wound c0-founder Blake Malin as he refueled with some espresso. Of course, we talked about what was on his wrist (a Damasko DC56 chronograph), the state of his current collection, and, of course, his wallet, which he pulled out at the cash register.
I immediately noticed his well-worn wallet and asked, “Is that one of yours?”
Blake’s wallet was indeed the Monk Made x Worn & Wound Wallet, a full-sized bi-fold with eight slots. We joked about needing a big Constanza-sized wallet to carry various credit cards and blood donor ID cards (which aren’t even needed at the blood donation center). What struck me was how personal Blake’s wallet choice was and how many of the watch collectors I speak with also value a solid wallet. One that lasts, looks good and expresses one’s personality and personal style.
This wallet uses natural vegetable-tanned lining from Wickett & Craig and Italian Shell Cordovan as its main ingredient. Wallets made with this level of care and material quality will last longer and shell cordovan is especially known to take on wear marks unique to the owner’s personal handling tendencies.
I have been using a Jack Spade wallet I got on sale about a year ago that was feeling quite inferior as I looked down at its fraying edges. I’m in the market for something better and was inspired by being surrounded by so many dudes with cool watches and wallets this weekend.
The luxury wallet
There are some men who really enjoy a true luxury wallet. Everest and Monta founder has waxed poetic on the virtues of Goyard, the Parisian luxury house with exclusivity and signature prints.
Another favorite is the classic by Louis Vuitton, which holds similar attributes to wearing a Rolex—offering a certain level of brand recognition and quality.
Even if you would rather put your money towards the next watch on your wish list, there are more affordable options that offer high quality and distinct style.
The next tier
Comme Des Garcons luxury group wallet
This Japanese brand’s more affordable “luxury group” line is an excellent way to tap into the playful designs CDG lovers gravitate towards.
The makers of our favorite premium sneakers, Common Projects, also makes wallets and they are as low-key as their shoe designs. These are perfect for the guy who isn’t showy but knows and appreciates quality.
The rugged wallet
If you are looking for a wallet that is more like the version by Worn & Wound and your personal style is more Red Wing boots, selvedge denim and flannels, check out the leather goods by Billykirk. It’s handmade from high-quality leather and it’s meant to last a long time.