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Wallets

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Brian SD, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I had my wallet stolen at a football game this weekend. Suck. I would like to know, who has any good ideas for a comfortable, small wallet with some nice style? My previous wallet was a slim Versace billfold, but I think I'd like to opt for something a little more urban this time, and preferably under $100 as well. I really know so little about wallets, what's out there, what's cool... I imagine there are some cool styles out there in something a little more fun than black leather that isn't as cheap/boring/ugly as something I might get at Urban Outfitters - anyone have some hints?
     


  2. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    i have my eye on a wallet from Levenger, mostly because they sent me their catalog and i don't have time to shop around for wallets. the 'magnetic clip wallet' caught my eye, as it's much more minimal than my current, somewhat bulky bi-fold. it might not be quite what you're looking for though. /andrew
     


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    Try J.Fold I bought one of these about a year ago and it has served me very well. Â They're a bit more edgy than the general black/brown leather but still not too "out there" for every day use. Also very reasonably priced at ~$40. J.Fold Website I have since switched to a multi-stripe paul smith, but that was primarily because I got it for a song... They often have certain models at Nordstroms as well if you want to see one in person.
     


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    Zubberah Senior member

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    I'm a big fan of the Versace wallets - I have three, all with incredibly soft leather and tight stitching. The first one I have had for 8 years and I have treated it like a battering ram, overloaded to the max with cards (wish it were cash&#33[​IMG]. Still in tip-top condition. There's a good range unlike other wallet makers. For something more edgier, try Richard James - very colourful interiors and linings. They are sold in Australia at DJs but I have been holding off.
     


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    I can't say anything about the quality, but I am ordering one from SmartCaze. They have been talked about before. http://www.smartcaze.com/
     


  6. Brian SD

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    I actually don't like the Paul Smith multi-stripe wallets, they are a bit too flashy for me. I do however like some of the J.Fold styles. I think this one is my favorite. I'll keep looking around though. I am hoping to find something edgy and not necessarily in such a typical fabric.
     


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    I have a new Louis Vuitton Damier... the newest offering from LV... classic, very inconspicuous logo.

    Lovely brown colours... but, the most expensive of the LV line. I wouldn't go Monogram with LV.


    Edit: didnt see your price range... you can probably get a nice Jack Spade for under $100...
     


  8. drizzt3117

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    I personally prefer the LV Taiga leather. It seems to be at least as durable as the canvas Damier/Monogram but a bit nicer since it is leather.
     


  9. Brian SD

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    I hate LV and refuse to own any products that their logo is on.

    CTGuy, great idea, I'll go to Marshall's tomorrow.
     


  10. PHV

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    The damier is leather... the taiga leather doesn't last very long in its supple, lush form. I had a taiga in tan leather and it didn't stay how I liked it to.

    The damier/monogram are far tougher and better treated. They'll maintain their integrity for a much longer period of time and are far more resiliant against water damage and the like.
     


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    Interesting, I asked a LV SA and they told me the damier products were canvas. I had a monogram wallet from LV and it was decent but hasn't held up like my Taiga. I've had it for about a year and it looks brand new. The monogram stretched more from cards and the like.
     


  12. PHV

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    Pick up any LV wallet and smell it...

    genuine leather...
     


  13. drizzt3117

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    Right, the inside of the wallet is obviously leather, but the outer coating appears to be the same as their bags, canvas. I own a monogram wallet and it is definitely canvas on the outside, but leather on the inside.
     


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    Yes you're correct. I thought you were saying that LV damier/monogram was all synthetic...

    The problem with having a soft leather wallet is it doesnt stay nice longer than a few years. Alligator is very tough, but not the soft Taiga.

    And, Brian, why do you hate LV so much?
     


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