The best wallet 2018: for carrying your coins, cash and credit cards

A buying guide to meticulously stitched currency carriers

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A leather wallet is basically a mandatory purchase as well as a valued life tool, one that you use every single day to carry round your most personal and private data, both financial and otherwise, not to mention your cards, cash and coins.

Whether you're 'into' accessories or not, it's worth taking time to choose the perfect one – the state of your wallet says a lot about a person.

From sleek billfolds to quirky designer card holders, these are some of the most secure and stylish leather wallets currently available. 

We're sure you'll find one to your liking.

How to choose the best wallet for you

While wallets are not the most complicated of tools, there are certain criteria that we looked at when evaluating each one. 

Out-and-out style and aesthetic, while not the most important factor, is a serious consideration. After all, you don't want to go on a date to Bibendum in a tailored suit and John Lobbs only to whip out a tatty piece of cowhide, do you?

And while we're talking about suits, size and compactness is another factor that needs to be evaluated for similar reasons. 

If you're going out for a night on the town, then a full-sized wallet might not be best option. Instead, a smaller, streamlined, card-focused affair might be a better choice.

Of course, there's a multitude of other features to consider.

How many cards do you need to carry? Most wallets range from two card slots, up to eight.

Do you carry cash around? You'll need a cash and coin compartment, preferably zipped.

And finally, there are features that go above and beyond the call of a standard currency carrier - so, for example, if you're scared of identity theft you might want a wallet with RFID-blocking security tech.

What wallet will be best for you will be determined by your intended usage and personal taste, so kick back, relax and take a browse through this selection of the best wallets available.

The 14 best men's wallets

Aspinal of London Crocodile-Embossed Leather Bifold Wallet

A beautiful wallet from a brand with exceptional heritage

Reasons to buy
+Stunning crocodile-effect calf leather finish+Heritage brand

One look at this bifold wallet and you’ll be very keen to start enjoying its charms for yourself. Central to the appeal is its distinctive crocodile-embossed design, fashioned from pure Italian calf leather. It’s gorgeous to look at but undeniably practical into the bargain. Opened up, you get the option of three card slots, two pockets for cash and a pair of hidden multi-purpose pockets for miscellaneous items like receipts or tickets. There’s room for those pesky coins in here too.

Burberry Check Trim Bifold Wallet

A stylish investment for the modern gentleman

Reasons to buy
+House Check canvas trim+Embossed gold logo

If you're more man-about-town than romp around the countryside, then this bi-fold wallet from Burberry is the one for you. It's slim and functional, crafted from textured leather and accented with Burberry's instantly-recognisable House Check design along the bind. 

Opening will reveal an impressive eight card slots and twin compartments for notes and loose papers. Yes, it's on the more expensive side, but this wallet is a stylish investment which will last for years to come.

Montblanc Meisterstück 8 Card Wallet

Nothing but the finest German cowhides

Reasons to buy
+Palladium Montblanc logo+Hectares of space

Designed to be carried in the inside pocket of your suit jacket, this horizontal wallet is expertly crafted from German full-grain cowhide with unique Montblanc deep shine, chrome-tanned, dyed through.

The star emblem has a palladium-coated ring for added corrosion resistance to keep it looking pristine, and there's plenty of space for your valuables. How much space exactly? You've got eight card slots, two sections for banknotes and two additional pockets for receipts and appointment cards.

Mulberry Natural Grain Leather Trifold Wallet

A truly beautiful classic

Reasons to buy
+Tri-fold design+ID window

It might be at the pricier end of the wallet spectrum but that’s for good reason. The Mulberry natural grain leather trifold wallet bristles with stylish goodness and is resplendent in black leather and a distinctive foil-embossed Mulberry logo. Inside, it’s a pocket-fest with the nappa lining offering up nine credit or business card slots, a practical clear ID window and a sleeve for cash. 

You also get a brace of hidden compartments for the safekeeping of receipts and suchlike while we love the embossed Mulberry tree signature.

Bally Bhar Beetle Card Holder

Quirky, stylish and lightweight

Reasons to buy
+Cool and quirky design+Deceptively spacious design

If you’re growing tired of owning traditionally-styled wallets and want something a little bit different then this Italian-made Bhar synthetic card holder will fit the bill. It’s got a PVC finish, which lends it an air of durability and we love the little insects that are printed onto the visible surfaces. 

As a result this makes the design feel almost like a one-off. Inside, there are five card slots while the 7 by 10cm sizing means it’s suitably pocket-friendly. Embossed Bally logos set things off nicely too.

Launer Premium Leather Card Case

Luxury leather card case from Royal Warrant holders

Reasons to buy
+'In the know' brand+Royal Warrant holders

If you're looking for a understated but still truly luxurious, how about this card case from Launer, who includes Her Majesty the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as customers. 

This Launer credit card case is made from premium calf leather, allowing for a soft touch but long-lasting finish. It can hold six cards with room for notes when folded. This case would be an excellent gift for a loved one or a useful piece for yourself.

If you prefer something a little more colourful, Launer's newest collection feature bright interiors.

Barbour Leather Wallet

Perfect when paired with a vintage wax jacket

Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous brown or black leather+Perfect when paired with a Barbour wax

Step into the sumptuous world of Barbour with this hand-crafted full grain leather wallet, that comes in fetching brown, or black if you want to remain low-key. It sports that classic bifold design that’s been around forever, but there are some neat variations on the theme. 

Inside, you’ll find a signature tartan lining, no less than eight card slots, plus two more for other slimline bits and bobs along with a separate note compartment. Icing on the cake comes from the embossed vintage branding.

Hackett Curzon Card Holder Wallet 

Don't break the line of your tailoring with this slim card holder

Reasons to buy
+Ultra-slim design+100-percent leather

Storing your credit and debit cards can be an irksome business at the best of times. However, it can be done with style and ease thanks to this Hackett Curzon Card Holder Wallet. 

There are multiple pockets on offer once you open this 100% leather design that comes with a cool stippled effect finish, while the embossed Hackett London logo breaks up the all black colouring. The one-size-fits-all and modest 10 x 7 x 1 cm dimensions make it pocket, coat or manbag-friendly too.

Tom Ford Camo Print Money Clip Wallet

I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford

Reasons to buy
+Camo print+Gold-tone hardware

This petite and portable Tom Ford wallet is perfect for on-the-go escapades. The muted camo print is casual and stylish – ideal if you want something a little more relaxed while out-and-about.

It may be casual, but this premium piece is crafted from smooth, matte leather and finished with gilded accents to add a little class. There's enough space for 8 cards, and a money clip holds notes in place.

Jekyll & Hide Wallet

A simple classic from this South African brand

Reasons to buy
+RFID lining+Coin pouch

You get the choice of a coffee or black finish from this simple-but-effective 12cm x 9cm x 3cm design from the Jekyll & Hide stable. The full-grain leather finish promises hard-wearing performance while the RFID lining is designed to protect bank cards and passports from identity theft. 

Storage is plentiful, with no less than four card slots, two slip pockets and a handy little coin pouch that can be secured thanks to a studded closure. There’s space for notes plus a zipped compartment and the whole package comes in a cool gift box.

Paul Smith Bicycle Leather Card Holder

Designed in English, made in Italy

Reasons to buy
+Quirky bicycle design+Slim

Sometimes all you need is a slimline card holder, and this one from Paul Smith is one of the most stylish you can buy. Expertly crafted in Italy from the finest calf's leather, it contains three slots for holding credit, debit or business cards. 

One side is finished in plain black, while the other is decorated with an eye-catching bicycle design. It's immediately recognisable as a PS piece, complete with the designer's fun and quirky sense of humour.

Saint Laurent Classic Croc Print East/West Wallet

Sophistication from the style trailblazers

Reasons to buy
+Croc finish+Air of distinction

Lend an air of distinction and sophistication to everyday transactions with Saint Laurent's Classic East/West wallet. The bifold style is crafted from premium grained leather and comes embossed with a luxurious crocodile finish alongside the brand's signature logo. 

Inside there's plenty of space for eight cards, cash and receipts. It's a must-have addition to your accessories collection.

Ted Baker Current Zip Card Wallet

Bridge the divide between smart and casual

Reasons to buy
+Zip security+Affordable

Store your cards and cash in this 'Current' wallet from Ted Baker. Crafted from textured grain leather, it's smart yet casual aesthetic will go with most outfits. The major positive here is that the zip-up bifold design will keep the contents secure.

Unzipping the wallet will reveal eight card slots, two additional slots, and two separate note compartments. And, at £55, it's one of the most affordable wallets here.

Nodus Compact Coin

Essentially, it's the TARDIS of luxury, leather wallets

Reasons to buy
+Very small+Lots of space

Finding the perfect wallet is all about striking the balance between size and space, leather-goods maker Nodus think they've found that ideal balance. This is the Compact Coin.

This new wallet doesn't have a large footprint, but still manages to pack a lot in. How much exactly? The Compact Coin has space for 15 credit cards (yes, 15!), there's a coin pouch, dedicated compartment for folded notes and receipts, and, on top of all of that, a key pocket.

Herschel Supply Co. Unisex Wallet

A casual wallet you can hand wash

Reasons to buy
+RFID security blocking+Hand-washable

Wallets can get grubby pretty quickly, so this hand-washable Herschel Supply Co. Unisex Wallet is a great option if you like things squeaky clean. What’s more, it has the benefit of an RFID blocking design that can fend off card skimming attempts and inside there’s a sensible selection of card slots and a pocket for loose change. 

There are six different shades to choose from and we love that signature red and white striped interior flourish too. Meanwhile, the one-size-fits-all design makes it a perfect gift option.