Not much bigger than a card case, a hot new breed of wallet combines no-nonsense practical features—from flip windows for easy ID access to individual compartments for cash and credit cards—with slimmed-down, sleek and often colorful style.
Less is more this season when it comes to men’s wallets. Gone are the days of baggy jeans and back pockets bulging with bulky bifolds. The essential accessory for men has taken on a new silhouette — small and slim. More high-capacity card case than traditional trifold, the new shrunken wallet is the perfect extension of spring’s skinny jeans and trimmer suits while still providing ample space for key credit cards and cash. Available in vibrant new colors, textures and details, the lean wallet is both front pocket–friendly and fashion savvy.
Luxe leather goods manufacturer Morgan Grays is offering a sporty take on the trend in soft leather, featuring a racy, slimmed-down, double-sided card case wallet in red, white and black stripes that is high on both capacity and style. “It offers men just a little bit of personality—a little bit of shine,” says cofounder Morgan Molthrop.
Mulholland’s small Classic alligator wallets in shiny reds, yellows and blues are selling exceptionally well as conservative men find it easier to embrace bright color in tiny doses. Bloomingdale’s can’t keep its colorful miniature Cellini leather card cases in stock, while Jack Spade’s thin, embossed Anchor wallet provides a petite flash of preppie. For a hint of fashion, customized leather goods company LAI is lining all of its matte ostrich, lizard and calfskin card cases with pops of bright color for customers like Barneys New York, which has scaled back on bifold orders and increased requests for the new, smaller vertical standard.
Flip windows—a quick necessity for security lines—are the new must-have feature on the season’s undersized standard. Small in form but big on function, Ghurka’s latest slim style features a window for ID as well as expandable gussets that allow for more cards if needed. Tandy Brands’ slenderized model for ACE boasts a sunglide to easily push out a photo ID, while Il Bisonte’s small wallet has an elastic strap to secure contents.
Trimmer models in casual, soft-handed leathers took center stage at leather licensee Swank Inc., where zippers, distinctive logos and contrast stitching created an unfinished look, appealing to younger men targeted by many of the company’s labels.
No matter the finish or detail, slimmer construction is definitely here to stay—proving that bigger is not always better.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion