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Hi. I'm Antonio Centeno, the founder of Real Men Real Style. And today we're going to be talking about men's wallets and choosing the right type of billfold.Okay. If you haven't already, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. By doing that, these videos will come right to you. In addition, if you like this video, if you find it useful, please click on the Like right below. And finally, we're going to link you to articles below, which are going to be useful and are going to help you expand and learn more about Men Style. So go ahead and click on any of the articles below and you're going to be navigating to websites which will teach you more about Men Style.Okay. So, this is a question that came in. “Antonio, do you have any suggestions in terms of wallets? I tend to wear pants a lot and in some cases, the eventual wear of the wallet is visible on the back. Are there any brands or types that have a high amount of carrying capacity but are still slim and not visible? Thank you.”All right. It's kind of a trick question and I'm going to use a little bit of an analogy here. So in 1997 I bought my first vehicle, a Chevy half-ton pickup. It's a great truck. I still have it and I still love it. And it did everything I needed as a young marine officer moving across the country. I could throw everything I own in the back and be able to travel around. I also picked up a motorcycle. That was, you know, great too because it fit in the back of the truck. And I used that because it got a much better gas mileage than the truck. And it had a much lower profile. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/52/33/00/523300aff303cb81165a2065ed64b499--bag-display-craft-fairs.jpg
Start with what kind of leather wallet style you like—front-pocket wallet or traditional back pocket? Maybe you’re a suit-and-tie kind of guy who prefers an executive wallet to fit right in his inner jacket pocket (fancy)? We also have a clip style for the bare bones kind of guy who wants nothing more than the essentials: some cash and his ID. And we haven’t even gotten to discussing bifold or trifold options. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/89/f2/87/89f287fc1f351d707802f3ba671430a0.jpg

Now that I travel with the family and I carry quite a bit. I carry not only my passport but my kids' passports, my wife's passport, multiple tickets, you know, baby pacifiers – no, actually they don't fit in this. But you can see this is my big travel wallet. And it looks nice. It holds a lot of information – credit cards, passports. It got zippers. So if I want to carry some loose change or I've got, you know, something small – I actually… https://i.pinimg.com/236x/e3/e8/a4/e3e8a449c98ee5c2ad04fc649947cd4f.jpg
This is the price range where you'll find some brands that are specifically focused on wallets. If bulk is your main concern, consider Allett, which calls itself the originator of "the World's Thinnest Wallet." Allett's signature billfold, the Slim Leather Original Wallet (around $40), has four slots for up to 24 credit cards. Their Slim Leather Sport Wallet goes for around $30; both of these wallets are just a quarter inch thick. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/a2/ab/87/a2ab87ca4475ee438e303763564cfae3.jpg

If that sounds like what you're looking for in a wallet, consider the Saddleback Front Pocket ID Wallet. There's no folding or figuring out pockets, nor any kind of ergonomic design for your pockets. Instead, it's a single unit, a small, flat piece of leather designed to be as thin as possible to fit anywhere. With a 100-year warranty, it's built to last.


The M-Clip V series falls into the latter category. If you're looking for a money clip, you can do no better. More than just a simple folded piece of metal, the V series has an opening mechanism. To add or remove something, you just slide the lever bars back, making the clip look a bit like a clothes pin. You pinch them to open the clip, and when you're done, slide them back down to close it. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/19/26/8c/19268c9d3710cd77039456efc8dc3c21.jpg
Bellroy is another popular option in this range, with high-quality leather and super slim profiles. What's more, their products come in a number of bright natural dyes like blue, burnt orange, and green, in addition to more traditional black and brown. Both their High Line and Low Down billfolds (around $80 each) can fit flat bills and two to 10 cards. Their Slim Sleeve (also around $80) is the smallest of these options, but requires folding up your bills. While they don't have Saddleback's 100-year warranty, they will cover you for three years. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/56/02/67/56026782b059dac323f83d70fcd940bb.jpg
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A wallet is a personal thing. Not only does it literally hold your identity but it speaks volumes about who you are as person—organized, messy, prepared? So when it's time to replace a billfold, it's important to know what to look for. To aid in the pursuit, we tapped Sam Huff, co-founder and creative director of the leather-accessories maker Tanner Goods, to give us six tips for picking the right wallet. https://i.pinimg.com/280x280_RS/e0/ff/ae/e0ffaef39846503d42a98176313fcb76.jpg
"Very easy to use...The LED is great...This case works as advertised, no pocket dialing and everything shows through the case clearly as expected, this is the second case of this type I have purchased and both although a bit pricy at $59 work to perfection...I have dropped my phone like a hundred times and it doesn't have a scratch, it protects it very well and has a very good appearance" https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cd/1d/d0/cd1dd0888a9a520abf002f2137397693--photoshop-bottle.jpg
If someone has a giant attic, chances are they're going to fill it full of junk. Same goes for simple things, like a wallet. Sure, we all have a slew of cards we think are essential, but are they really? Try this: Lay them all out on a table and identify the few you actually use on a daily basis—now those are what should be carried in your wallet. The others can make a cameo appearance when needed. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/cf/6b/b8/cf6bb803f68827a85584f2f3711cf0d5--candy-cane-wreath-candy-canes.jpg
Whether you drop our minimalist wallets in a bathtub, drive over them with your car, or accidentally add them to your smoothie blender, Tyvek® is tough enough to keep your wallet intact. That’s right, all of our slim wallets and Tyvek bags are waterproof too! Our minimalist wallets even evolve over time and stretch to expand slightly to accommodate the wear and tear of use. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8a/82/e0/8a82e05574fe092f4827383280992cd4.jpg
Bellroy is a relatively young company that released its first product in 2010. Founded by a few friends in Australia who set out to design optimal wallets in terms of size and card positioning, Bellroy has since released several different series of wallets for just about any use. You may remember seeing some of those wallets mentioned on Insider Picks before. https://i.pinimg.com/150x150/e5/52/ca/e552ca3c3160c588f60df5af37a58c05.jpg
Let’s face it. We like to bring as many items as we can, from our wallet to mascara, hair brushes and other beauty essentials. We may even take a little snack to keep us going from day to night. Is it time for you to invest in a quality tote bag? At Belk, you’ll discover a sleek and functional tote bag that adds the finishing touch to your look. Browse our collection of brand name totes, including COACH®, Crown & Ivy™, Kim Rogers®, Diba True® and other favorites in the colors and prints you love. Discover the perfect sized tote bag for your personal style. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/82/ae/d8/82aed8fb5a66e2d70e4864ccf56fcf40.jpg
The Saddleback wallet has pockets on both sides and is constructed from full-grain leather, lined with pigskin, and sewn with marine-grade thread. On one side, the Saddleback wallet has two pockets for credit cards. Once you break the wallet in, each pocket can hold up to five cards. Be careful, though. When you add a new card to a full-grain leather wallet, the pocket stretches and molds to fit the card. That means that if you want to go back to carrying fewer cards, the pocket will be loose and cards may fall out. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/49/65/95/4965959f0243c5f3524800fe0e8b9ba6.jpg?b
Nomatic got its start on Kickstarter when cousins Jon Richards and Jacob Durham designed their minimalist wallet and crowdfunded its production in 2014. The Kickstarter campaign was a runaway success, and they met their fundraising goal of $10,000 in just a few days. By the end of the 30 day pledge period, Richards and Durham had more than 6,100 backers pledging $171,315. Since then, Nomatic has evolved to offer a few different products, as well as expand production. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/9e/48/ee/9e48ee8956211dcd4465729c32994bad.jpg
But you probably want to – one thing that was really nice about this casual wallet is it had a land, you know, basically a string that I could just put this thing around my neck. And I know it looks silly but it's a lot – I don't mind looking silly and always having my wallet on me versus looking great and losing all of my money and all of my IDs and having to cancel my trip. https://i.pinimg.com/280x280_RS/36/7e/36/367e36f0986fc6fc91af4a67c305918f.jpg

Meanwhile, where you live, work, and how you commute can make a big difference, too. Do you feel comfortable keeping your wallet in a back pocket, or do you worry about pickpockets? If you live in a city with a metro or commuter rail, do you need something that lets you have quick access to a transit card? Do you travel internationally a lot and need something that can fit foreign currency? https://i.pinimg.com/236x/a9/90/52/a9905248ef82356c5a457504c8819920.jpg


Wallets are no exception. I think I've tried out more wallets than I can count. To be fair, it's hard to find a "perfect" wallet for every situation. In the winter when you're wearing a heavy coat, you can keep a hefty wallet in a breast pocket, while in the summer you need something that can fit in the pocket of a pair of jeans or shorts. If you're going to a wedding or meeting, you might want something that keeps a slim profile in a suit, while you might also need something that can fit cash for tipping at a bar or valet. And of course, you want to avoid being the next George Costanza.
Tyvek® is a highly versatile material perfect for creating slim wallets- it looks like paper but acts like a fabric! While our minimalist wallets can be folded, bent, shaped, and sewn, Tyvek® is incredibly strong and difficult to rip or break. This superior level of durability ensures that your slim wallet or Tyvek bag will last through any challenge life throws at you. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/45/aa/d8/45aad89f98493a29065791cac2123613.jpg

The Saddleback wallet has pockets on both sides and is constructed from full-grain leather, lined with pigskin, and sewn with marine-grade thread. On one side, the Saddleback wallet has two pockets for credit cards. Once you break the wallet in, each pocket can hold up to five cards. Be careful, though. When you add a new card to a full-grain leather wallet, the pocket stretches and molds to fit the card. That means that if you want to go back to carrying fewer cards, the pocket will be loose and cards may fall out. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/af/e9/05/afe905c85bdc5f18db68785400ea75a0.jpg
I actually use this tote as a diaper bag, I have two children in diapers and it really works great for that. Aside from the way I use it, I think it's an over all great bag. A few issues: the elastic pockets on the sides seem to have lost their tension already, I don't put anything large or heavy in them to cause this, also the pocket in the back.. Wish it was larger, I don't really see the point of the zipper in the bottom of the pocket. The only other issue I have is the straps, wish they had some sort of padding on them, they tend to be a little hard on your hands if you're carrying anything heavy.
While the top review on Amazon suggests that there are quality issues, several members of the Insider Picks team, including myself, have been using the Bellroy Slim Sleeve as a go-to wallet for months or years without a problem. That, combined with the fact that the wallet has 4.5 stars over all and overwhelmingly positive reviews, suggests that the one user's experience may have been an anomaly. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b1/85/64/b18564b22b1f84d71edb573c6f05faa4.jpg
Higher quality leather will age better, developing a patina over time, while cheaper leather will crack and peel after a few years or less. More expensive wallets will certainly note that they're constructed with full-grain leather, which is the highest quality. If the product info just says "leather," you can bet it's lower quality corrected leather. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/1a/07/83/1a078341bdb906591f8cedc7cd72dd49--pure-romance-october.jpg
M-Clip says you can hold 6-8 cards and at least 8-10 bills, which should be plenty for any need. According to several people who use the clip, even if you regularly stuff a lot into it, the clip doesn't lose tension later when you're carrying less. Reviewers also swear by M-Clip's customer service— if you're unhappy with your clip for any reason, M-Clip is happy to work with you to fix the problem. https://i.pinimg.com/236x/3c/d1/b5/3cd1b517c16cff06dd9222679d0f8884.jpg
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