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25 Minimalist Wallets that Fit the Bill

Reducing your wallet’s contents reaps many benefits: it’s cathartic, helps with prioritization, and, most of all, gives you the chance to get a new, minimalist version. But finding the right minimalist cash caddy can be overwhelming.

Henry Phillips

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect new selections for 2015. Additional Contribution by Nick Caruso.

Call them what you want — card cases or wallets — but a minimalist approach to the tool that holds your cash, plastic and extra business cards is the high road to everyday carry. Slim is faster at the register and more comfortable in transit. There’s something out there for every budget, every need and in every style. Some carry more than others, others are flashy and a few are quite luxurious. But they are all a lot less “George Costanza” than your current cash canister. If there’s beauty in simplicity, these are the best-looking wallets that actually fit in your pocket.

Quality Mending Co. Card Envelope

Constructed from English Bridle leather, this budget-friendly wallet features a front enclosure with durable brass hardware. Available in natural, saddle brown or black.
Size: 4.6” x 2.9”

Buy Now: $38

i ro se Seamless Card Case

Made in Japan, this simple leather wallet utilizes traditional origami folding techniques to retain its shape without a single piece of thread or glue.
Size: 2.8” x 4.3”

Buy Now: $45

Il Bussetto Envelope Card Holder

This firm case is handmade in Italy from a single piece of leather using traditional leatherwork techniques. It is available in a range of colors, from neutral brown to yellow ochre or blue indigo.
Size: 2.5” x 3.8”

Buy Now: ~$47

Tanner Goods Journeyman Wallet

In the respectable roster of Tanner Goods wallets, this is the thinnest, equipped with four external pockets (two on each side) and a central pouch for cash. Like most of brand’s Portland-made goods, it is offered in a range of different dyes, including Chicago tan and rich moc (pictured). Monograms can be added for an extra $20.
Size: 3.9” x 2.8”

Buy Now: $60

Bellroy Elements Sleeve

This ultra-thin wallet is made from premium weather-resistant leather to combat the effects of rain and snow. It features both a front pocket and main compartment to organize most everyday essentials, plus a hidden stash pouch for a backup key.
Size: 3.9” x 2.9”

Buy Now: $70

Winter Session Slash Wallet

This vertical holder, made from four-ounce Horween leather, is handcrafted in Denver, CO, and available in both monotone and tow-tone colorways. Cleverly constructed with V-cut openings, the design makes identifying and accessing cards and folded cash quick and easy.
Size:3” x 3.6”

Buy Now: $70

Billykirk No. 145 Leather Bifold Card Case

This wallet features three pockets, two of which are fashioned with oval cutouts for accessing frequently used cards. Oiled and edged by hand, each wallet is finished with rugged wax cording.
Size: 3” x 4”

Buy Now: $92

Postalco Card Holder

This narrow, vertically fashioned bifold from Tokyo-based brand Postalco features two internal pockets made from water resistant canvas, which are attached by a single piece of calfskin leather. The wallets are available in a number of colors, including signal red (pictured), olive green and navy blue.
Size: 4.3” x 2.7”

Buy Now: ~$106

Böle Card Case

Made of leather sourced from Swedish cattle, this ultra-simple holder is vegetable tanned and finished with elegant white thread. The wallet comes with a 15-year warranty from Sweden-based manufacturer Böle, though chances are it will last you a lifetime.
Size: 2.8” x 3.5”

Buy Now: $112

Mark Cross Flat Card Case

Founded in 1845, Mark Cross is one of America’s longest surviving luxury brands. The brand’s tasteful Flat Card Case is constructed from textured Saffiano leather and finished with a glossy top-coat. Each side offers two card slots with a central pouch for folded cash.
Size: 2.8” x 3.8”

Buy Now: $225

Inkleaf Double-Cross Slim Wallet (Chromexcel)

Buy Now: $35

General Manufacturing Pinnacles 2-Pocket Slim Wallet in Tan

Buy Now: $40

Atelier Pall Document Slim Wallet

Buy Now: $50

Baconi Grant Slimster RFID Blocker

Buy Now: $68

Capsule Slim Wallets

Buy Now: $70+

Jack Spade Waxwear Vertical Slim Wallet

Buy Now: $75

Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet

Buy Now: $80

KC Co. Simple Slim Wallet

Buy Now: $85

Jack Spade Bicolor Index Slim Wallet with Elastic

Buy Now: $95

WANT Les Essentials de la Vie Kennedy Money Clip Slim Wallet

Buy Now: $125

Ralph Lauren Gents Slim Card Case

Buy Now: $125

Ghurka Credit Card Window Slim Wallet No. 202

Buy Now: $165

Tod’s Dauphin Vertical Bi-Fold Slim Wallet

Buy Now: $195

Saint Laurent Vertical Fold Over Card Case

Buy Now: $209

Valextra Slim Credit Card Wallet

Buy Now: $380

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