Style Pick of the Week: Filson Bi-Fold Leather Wallet

The right wallet to buy as we start 2019 — a perfect everyday style upgrade.

Remember when even the small everyday carry essentials in your life were ridiculously well-made? No flimsy phone cases, no Velcro wallets, no socks with holes in ’em … yes indeed, some might say that sometimes, the old ways are the best. And that, my friends, is where the Filson Bi-Fold Wallet comes into play — it could just be the best men’s leather wallet, and it’s certainly one heck of a way to upgrade your leather wallet to start the new year. Especially as we work our way through January, self-reflection is crucial, from the type of rugged leather boots you’re wearing to how you’re styling your favorite henley, to the wallet you carry every day. As we always say, the small details make a big difference, and even upgrading your leather wallet can pay dividends in the long run. Hey, at the very minimum, it’s got to fit in the front pocket of your chinos or denim — so you might as well pick up one that offers both dependability and style. Again, the Filson Bi-Fold Wallet offers both those qualities in spades.

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SHOP: The Filson Bi-Fold Wallet 

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In case you ever feel like storing this tough leather wallet.

It’s a small but easy way to step up your style — if you’re carrying around a stylish leather wallet, that same attention to detail should carry over to the slim denim you’re wearing, or the classic leather boots you lace up this winter. See, to your Style Guide editor, it’s all connected — and the Filson Bi-Fold Wallet can help you get where you’re going in style. Made in the U.S.A with full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather — designed to break in handsomely over time — this wallet features six slots for cards, plus a large cash slot. The bonded nylon thread used to stitch the Filson Bi-Fold Wallet together will also hold up over time; I.E. this wallet isn’t going to fall apart on you, no matter how much you use it. 
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Again, it’s the little details that make a big difference, and feeling good about something as simple as your leather wallet can even help you feel good — seriously. Pulling out a stylish leather wallet on a first date shows, even in a small way, you’ve got it together (sort of, at least?). And if it’s your New Year’s resolution to pay attention to the small things, well, the Filson Bi-Fold Wallet is the right way to go. Do you agree? Let me know on Twitter. Cheers to a new year!

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Style Upgrade: The Slim Wallet

Editor’s note: This is the first in an ongoing series covering quick and easy upgrades to style dilemmas a guy might face once in a while. Check back for more entries in the series.

Does this look like your wallet? Or someone you know? Friends don't let friends stuff their wallets.

Does this look like your wallet? Or someone you know? Friends don’t let friends stuff their wallets.

What’s the one thing you carry with you, likely everywhere, everyday? A wallet, or some way or system of storing credit cards, cash, etc. But the thing with that is … it can be a lot. Sometimes, George Costanza-esque (although hopefully not!). Getting your wallet and valuables in order is but one step that goes hand in hand with bettering your style – and your lifestyle in general.
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Swapping out that wallet, of course, requires an evaluation of the goods you’ve got in your current one. Excess or old gift cards or receipts? Unless you’re overly sentimental, those can probably be tossed. That value rewards card for a store you never visit? Ehh, probably to the trash can. So that leaves you with the essentials. Storing those is the next step – and with clothing getting slimmer all the time, what does one reach for? Even if you find yourself leaning toward straight leg pant cuts, a good answer is the card case.

What your wallet and credit cards situation should probably look like instead. Read on to learn more about both of these options.

What your wallet and credit cards situation should probably look like instead. On the left: Land’s End Landmark Newton Cardholder. On the right: Linjer Leather Goods’ Mocha Cardholder. Read on to learn more about both of these options.

In a way, it’s like a Lean Wardrobe for your wallet – making do with less, but using those items more efficiently. Paired with a sturdy money clip (like this clever option from Owen & Fred) for some cash, it’s a combination that truly does look stylish while also serving a nice function. And luckily, designers and brands big and small are making versions that lean either super luxe or quite rugged. New leather goods startup Issara makes a truly sleek version with two exterior slots for cards and one additional interior slot at a price that’s not quite investment-grade (but not exactly cheap, either).

A money clip like this one from Owen & Fred will help you keep track of cash once you slim down that wallet.

A money clip like this one from Owen & Fred will help you keep track of cash once you slim down that wallet.

Another significant upgrade at an affordable price would be the Land’s End Landmark Newton Cardholder. It’s on sale right now for just under $15, a pretty darn good price when you consider it’ll go with you everywhere, and the middle-of-the-road brown or black options work in equal measures. Linjer Leather Goods also makes a nice and slim card case in brown as seen above. If you can’t quite let go of your traditional wallet but want to lose the excess bulk, the Mocha Leather Billfold from Linjer is sleeker yet not quite as toned down as a card case.

The slim silhouette and eyecatching use of fabric make this piece from The Hill-Side a true splurge.

The slim silhouette and eyecatching use of fabric make this piece from The Hill-Side a true splurge.

Skagen’s Torben Card Case also would get the job done quite nicely, although there’s a small branded logo stamp on one side, which some might not like. If you really feel like selling out when it comes to this style upgrade though, The Hill-Side (one of GQ’s best and brightest) makes what looks to be an amazing navy herringbone tweed wallet featuring burnished edges, Italian cowhide leather – and more importantly, a slimmed-down yet still traditional wallet shape. There’s no way that thing’d get bulked down by receipts … right?

That’s all for the first Style Upgrade in this series – have you made the switch yet? What card case and/or money clip are you carrying around these days? Let me know!

Ernest Alexander