The ‘statement wallet’2 min read . Updated: 03 Jul 2016, 07:37 PM IST
Invest in a high-end wallet to add gravitas to your semi-formal and formal wear
A woman’s purse is flaunted with panache. It becomes a conversation starter. A man’s wallet, on the other hand, is flung around, everywhere. It lacks personality.
“The phrase ‘statement wallet’ can exist. Men are becoming more aware and want something sleeker even in accessories like wallets. Moreover, since a lot of men do not carry cash, wallets are no longer a padded extension of the rear," says Delhi-based Karan Berry of AKA Bespoke, a customized accessories label that focuses on minimally designed travel wallets, shoes and bags. A “statement wallet" is a good idea because good-quality wallets are long-lasting, believes Prabha S., a buyer for men’s accessories and apparel at The Collective, an international multi-brand chain. For formal wear, she says, you could invest in variations of colour, texture, constructional elements and branding—shades of black, navy and brown; varieties of textured leather; contrasting or printed linings; and subtle branding via a small logo on the edge or name embossing. “But branding should be minimal," she says.
Berry uses an engineered, technology-driven wallet from the international brand Secrid. “It is a metal (ultra-thin aluminium) and leather wallet, which has a lever. When pressed down, (it) ejects cash and cards as per your convenience," he says.
Besides fine leather, Berry suggests investing in technology-driven wallets. Like the code-encrypted wallet, which works like a miniature safe, the solar charger wallet that can recharge your phone, the radio frequency-identification blocking technology metal wallet, or the GPS-enabled wallet. These are available at online portals like Flipkart and Amazon, and at high-end, multi-brand accessories’ stores.
Prabha suggests keeping the currency size in mind while choosing the wallet.
Take your pick from some of these luxury wallets that grabbed our attention.
It is crafted from amarena-coloured calfskin, with multiple card slots and compartments. Its only accent is an embossed gold logo. It’s great for those who like simple style lines.
Victorinox Amsterdam Wallet
This bi-fold, Nappa leather wallet has a removable passcase for concise storage, a leather-trimmed bill divider that helps separate currency, 10 slots for credit/debit cards and three storage pockets. It is pretty neat if you want something classic and functional.
Dsquared2 Pebble Skin Wallet from The Collective
It sports pebble-textured leather and is great if you want something sleek and stylish for your pocket. It has three card slots and a coin pouch, besides the usual currency pocket.
Versace Medusa Billfold Wallet from The Collective
This black, leather billfold wallet features a silver-tone, gunmetal Medusa engraved plaque. Spacious compartments are one of its USPs. It is great for a man who loves brands.
This is a functional and classic take from one of the world’s popular luxury brands. This leather wallet with a pebble texture has multiple compartments to hold all your cash and cards efficiently. It also features a coin pocket on one side. The wallet is lightweight and easy to hold, especially suitable for a man who travels extensively.
Christian Louboutin Kaspero Clip Wallet
Price on request
This calfskin leather wallet in Noisette (a hazelnut-ish colour) is a fold-over piece that includes two open flaps, six card slots and a silver clip for your bills. On the inside is a contrasting shade of rich red. It is just right for a man with a quirky sensibility.