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.
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Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews