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The Luxury Wallet Brands Worthy Of Your Hard-Earned Cash

How you carry your cash and cards gives an insight into your appreciation of the finer details of life, so we’ve curated a list of the best luxury brands producing the most desired wallets today.

Words by: Ryan Thompson

A good wallet is priceless, and not just because of the cargo it carries. As anyone who has ever misplaced theirs can testify, a wallet is a uniquely personal thing that keeps your precious cash, cards and whatever else safe and contained while offering a glimpse of your personality, style and attention to detail.

So, what makes a good wallet great? Several factors, most notably the quality of materials, the skill of the craftsmanship, the design and, yes, the brand cachet.

A great wallet will last a lifetime, so it should be crafted from the finest leather so that it ages well. Given its longevity, it also needs to be timeless, so iconic branding from centuries-old luxury houses adds heritage and class. Similarly, a minimalistic design will stand the test of time and is a more understated approach.

Luxury men's blue cardholder and black billfold wallet from Smythson


The finest luxury wallet brands for men

The list of luxury wallet makers we have curated tick all the boxes above. It includes some of the world’s most revered leather goods specialists and renowned luxury houses. Regarding the latter, the price tag is perhaps a measure of the brand cachet rather than the intrinsic quality of the build. In fact, peeking behind the curtain, most luxury branded wallets – outside of the artisanal makers – will likely be produced by the same three manufacturers in Italy.

When it comes to purchasing, it’s a balance you’ll need to weigh up for yourself. But make no mistake, these are some of the most exclusive and stylish men’s wallet brands on the market today.


Men's green Goyard luxury cardholder wallet

Founded in 1792, Parisian house Goyard began life as a luxury trunk maker and has since become the doyenne of small leather goods, with a signature geometric print that is recognised the world over. Not only does it have the brand cachet, but the quality is there, too – its wallets are handmade to the most meticulous standards using its Vauzelles calfskin and Goyardine canvas.

From slim billfolds such as the Saint-Thomas to bigger, more expansive travel wallets such as the Richelieu (coming in a kaleidoscope of color options), Goyard genuinely sets the bar for high-end men’s wallets. It also provides a personalization service for a truly individual product.


Man in a suit holding a black luxury Ettinger cardholder wallet

Established in 1934 and still in the family today, British heritage brand and Royal Warrant holder Ettinger is a consummate leather goods specialist. It handmakes a splendid array of modern billfolds, coat wallets and more.

Ettinger uses, for the most part, extremely soft yet durable bridle and calf leathers that have been vegetable-tanned. They are designed with contrast-tone leather interiors so that when you flip open your wallet, those in the know will know.

With a minimalistic and classic design motif, its wallets can also be personalized with your initials for that extra level of distinction.


Man in tuxedo holding a black luxury leather wallet by Asprey London

Asprey’s luxury heritage is second to none, having been founded in 1781 by William Apsrey. Think of Asprey as a British Hermès devoted to creating luxurious items with a chic and timeless aesthetic. Hence, you won’t find gaudy or trend-led wallets in Asprey’s collection.

The house focuses on minimalistic styles using the best materials on earth, from saddle leather and bullskin to more exotic hides. The fact that the brand holds a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales tells you all you need to know about its prestige.

Louis Vuitton

Three luxury Louis Vuitton men's wallets in green, blue and orange leather

Louis Vuitton’s heritage as a luxury luggage maker may seem like a long time ago, but the luxury Parisian brand still applies the meticulous standards of trunkmaking to its small leather goods.

With the iconic monogram motif sitting front and center of its wallet collection, it has created several different styles in embossed calfskin or the brand’s signature coated canvas. Alternatively, if the monogram is too obvious and you prefer something more understated, Louis Vuitton’s Damier checkerboard has also been applied to its wallets to great effect.

Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to turn a few heads when you pull one of these wallets out of your pocket.

Bottega Veneta

Men's luxury black and white intrecciato leather wallet by Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta, the Italian leather specialist founded in 1966, has long been both recognized and renowned for its ‘intrecciato’ designs, which involve the precise weaving of leather strips to create a basket-like fabric.

Applied to its wallets, this intrecciato effect brings texture and tactility to the super-soft calfskin creations. Available in an assortment of bright contrast color configurations, its billfold wallets are an extremely sophisticated and stylish way to carry your cash and cards.


Man in black shirt and black pants holding a monogrammed Balenciaga logo wallet in brown leather

Founded in 1919 by Cristobal Balenciaga and now under the direction of Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga is, without a doubt, the hottest brand of the moment.

When you think its momentum will fizzle out, it produces another iconic garment to keep it at the top of fashion’s pecking order. Hence, a Balenciaga wallet in your back pocket is spilling over with brand cachet.

Despite its mainline collections’ avant-garde and subversive nature, the wallets are pretty sedate, with classic billfolds and mini cardholders in calfskin leather embellished with various logo treatments.


A selection of luxury leather cardholders and billfold wallets for men by Smythson

Established in 1887, Smythson of Bond Street stands for time-honored craftsmanship and dedication to tradition, which is why its wallet collection should definitely be on your radar.

Understated yet sophisticated, its selection of billfolds and travel wallets is handcrafted in Italy from some exquisite leathers. A prime example is its Ludlow calf leather, which has the soft feel of deerskin but is more robust. It is also ‘tumbled’ – a treatment that brings out the natural grain of the hide.

These are not flashy pieces by any means but rather quietly assured items of the highest standard for the man who doesn’t need the world to know his business.


Men's Gucci monogrammed wallet in blue and tan leather with coin holder

During Alessandro Michele’s tenure, Gucci single-handedly brought maximalism into the mainstream. But its men’s wallets are decidedly more understated than the clothing would have you believe.

The Italian luxury brand has long championed a timeless accessory, not least its horsebit loafers. So it goes with the house’s wallets. The interlocking Gs is a key motif across the collection, whether embossed, printed or hardware.

Gucci uses leather and canvas throughout a variety of styles, from elegant black billfolds to more contemporary options such as the Ophidia wallet with its house codes and gold hardware.


Two luxury burnished leather patina wallets for men by Berluti in black and brown

Founded in 1895 by Italian Alessandro Berluti, his eponymous brand has always been famed for its luxury shoes, most notably its wholecut Oxford made out of a single piece of leather.

The house’s expertise in leather artisanship is, therefore, second to none, so you can expect true expressions of luxury in its wallets and small leather goods.

Berluti uses Venezia calfskin leather and applies the stunning gradient patina for which it is renowned. Its ‘Scritto’ line is also unique, thanks to the embossed vintage calligraphy applied to the exterior.

Saint Laurent

Men's black luxury logo wallet by Saint Laurent

Given that Saint Laurent’s mainline collections typically feature svelte silhouettes in an overwhelmingly black palette, it’s no surprise that its collection of men’s wallets is in line with the same trend.

Sleek and sophisticated in equal measure, the brand’s black minimalist calfskin billfolds are the epitome of Parisian chic, featuring just the subtlest hint of gold hardware branding. Yes, there are other colors available, as well as embossed leather treatments too, but to be honest, nothing quite beats the pared-back beauty of the classic.

Tom Ford

A selection of luxury red grain leather Tom Ford wallets for men

Ever since Tom Ford established his eponymous brand in 2005 it has been an outlet for the designer’s creative classicism.

Ford does tradition better than anyone, transforming timeless silhouettes with contemporary tweaks to create something for the archives every time. The same goes for his wallets, which come in beautiful calfskin fabrics and almost exclusively in black (his one deviation is a camo-print style).

If you want confidently understated, Ford has it in spades.


Man holding a grey leather Givenchy logo cardholder wallet wearing khaki cargo pants and green T-shirt

Compared to its Parisian peers, Givenchy’s luxury wallets push the envelope in terms of contemporary styling. Naturally, it produces sumptuous leather calfskin wallets with minimal branding. Still, it also has created a wealth of modern iterations featuring louder branding or zeitgeist motifs (we’re looking at you 101 Dalmatians print).

Its two-tone leather styles are very chic, although if you want something a little more ‘expressive’ then you’d do well to check out its camo styles.


A red/burgundy leather luxury Cartier wallet for men

For a brand as revered for its timeless style and dedication to craft as Cartier, one would expect its wallets to be up there with the best. And they do not disappoint.

The luxury French house has applied the same attention to detail to its small leather goods as its esteemed watches and high-end jewelry, creating a broad selection of billfolds crafted from impossibly soft calfskin and embossed with the ‘double C’ logo.

Far from ostentatious, Cartier’s wallets are understated and refined, preferring muted tones such as black, burgundy, grey, midnight blue and green.