I recently received two comments (and not emails as earlier stated, my bad) on the blog with regards to wallets. Specifically, a wallet for a down-to-earth engineer, and another for someone’s boyfriend who is apparently the rugged type, and in her words ‘dangerously handsome, tall, dark, goatee-sporting.’
One is down-to-earth (and therefore abhors anything flashy), the other is rugged (a designer wallet would be ruined in no time anyway, so why bother, right?). Based on these assumptions, here are some recommendations (including those offered by readers on my Facebook fan page).
If ‘down-to-earth’ means being subtle, you should check out Loewe, Prada and YSL. These brands have wallets with logos placed at the bottom right hand corner, either embossed or affixed on via a small plaque. Don’t discount Louis Vuitton either, they have collections like Chicago (shown above), Epi, Taiga and Utah which are pretty nondescript, save for the logo at the corner. Though more expensive, they are known to hold up very well over time as long as you take care of them.
If ‘down-to-earth’ means being affordable, Jack Spade is a pretty good bet, priced from SGD260 each. Bellroy (from SGD85 and available at Cumulus Wheelock Place) is very affordable as well. Then there’s everything else on Level 3 of Takashimaya Department Store.
If ‘rugged’ means being outdoorsy, your best bet will be one of those canvas/nylon/velcro horrors which I detest. I may not like them, but if your man is going to expose his wallet to the elements all the time, at least pick something from Head Porter which are pretty stylish.
If ‘rugged’ means being rough, do not pick wallets in shiny patent leather, smooth lambskin or anything that will be scratched easily. Go for something along the lines of Louis Vuitton’s Taiga collection, or Prada’s Saffiano (grained leather), both of which are more hardy. Choose darker colours as well; they tend to hide nicks and stains more easily.
Overwhelmingly, readers on Facebook have named Louis Vuitton as their top choice, followed by Montblanc. Other suggestions include Bottega Veneta, Fossil, Tumi and a paper bag. Go figure.
Before I sign off, here are some of my golden rules.
01. There is no such thing as ONE wallet for everyone (or the perfect wallet). This isn’t Lord Of The Rings, so take your time to figure out which type of wallet (long, short, with coin pouch, without coin pouch) suits you best.
02. You don’t wear the same shoes every day, nor do you wear the same belt every day. Why should it be any different for your wallet?
03. A wallet isn’t built to be sat on all day. If you really need to sit on something, try using a chair cushion.
04. If your wallet is looking like a paper weight, something is really wrong. No one needs 8 credit cards or last year’s receipts on any given day. Please edit.
05. You really get what you pay for. And that’s the truth.
And if anyone out there has anything else to add, please feel free to do so.
Image: Louis Vuitton