Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
We’ve talked about Leather Card Holders before, but we’re going to do it again. While we stand by all our picks of Five Plus One past, sadly most of them are now sold out. That’s why we’re offering a fresh, new look at leather card holders. If you can pare down your everyday cary to only the most essential of cards and want to avoid any unnecessary bulk, then this list will be full of wallets for you.
1) Waxwing Leather: Minimal Card Holder
If you are looking for a high quality leather card holder that is as small as possible then look no farther than Waxwing Leather’s Minimal Card Holder. Miloh Shop does their best to highlight smaller makers who need more attention, and we can’t help but agree with their choices. This slot-stye card holder features a thumb cutout to easily extract your top card.
Available for $45CAD from Miloh Shop.
2) Red Wing Heritage: Card Holder
While Red Wing Heritage will always be known for their high quality, USA made leather boots we can’t help but appreciate their leather goods as well. Their Card Holder is the perfect size for many of our daily carries: with four credit card slots and one larger slot for folded cash, receipts, or oversized cards. Due to the give in the leather, the card slots on most every card holder will stretch to accommodate more than a single card which increases the listed wallets’ utility.
Available for $75 from Red Wing Heritage.
3) Pike Brothers: 1965 Card Holder
Pike Brothers is a great option for those who want a solid card holder without breaking the bank. Made from an undyed vegetable tanned leather, this wallet will gain a beautiful patina the more you use it. Constructed with two card clots in a folder style, this wallet will help to keep whatever it holds more protected than many of the other wallets on this list; plus, if you are still used to billfolds this wallet will help you to feel right at a home.
Available for €35 from Pike Brothers.
4) First Settlement Goods: Drip Dyed Calfskin
First Settlement Goods might not be the most economical brand on the market, but you also get a lot for your money. From shell cordovan to Drip Dyed Calfskin, their products are just a little more special than the competition. Drip-dyed and stitched at Madison retailer Context itself, these wallets are sure to become a favorite of whoever gets their hands on them.
Available for $175 from Context.
5) Tanner Goods: Journeyman Remix
We’ve covered Tanner Goods and their Journeyman wallets many times before, but their Remix collection bears further repeating. Made from several different colors of bridle leather, these wallets add some great pop that other wallets just don’t. With four card slots and one larger pinch pocket, this wallet has sufficient room to carry all the daily essentials. While we completely condone rocking these colorful wallets on the daily it’s inexpensive enough that you can work it into a wallet rotation if that’s more your speed.
Available for $70 from Tanner Goods.
Plus One – Human Made: Magic Money Clip
While Human Made’s Magic Money Clip is a bit on the bulky side for a card wallet, it was too unique to not include on this list. With elastic straps to facilitate the carrying of larger pieces, this card holder is the perfect intersection between size, utility, and design. This style might not be for everyone and the price may be prohibitive for others, it’s a great piece if neither of these obstacles is an impediment to you.
Available for $160 from Self Edge.