- Jonathan Samuel Carroll, American author.
If Mr. Carroll had seen the latest on offer in wallets of man, he would have had no reason to complain about their appearances. With the emergence of the metro sexual male, the wallet has transformed itself from being a mere receptacle of cash to a statement of style. As men evolved over the last few decades from fashion-haters to fashion-lovers, so have their wallets. Indeed, there has been an evolution of the wallet of man from fabric to design.
Even a decade or two ago, a wallet almost always meant a small, boring, leather bag in black or brown. In fact, wallets remained virtually unchanged throughout the 20th century, with the exception of the Velcro wallet which was introduced in the 1970s. Although leather was the dominant material, different fabrics also began to be used. The All-ett billfold wallet, that reduced the bulkiness of its predecessors by half, was invented in 1995, and remains the most popular version even today. However, the 21st century has seen several new innovations in this field, usually for purpose of style rather than function. Thus was born the designer wallet.
While earlier wallets concentrated on fabric, nowadays they focus on design. Not surprisingly, wallets of man form a significant part in the repertoire of modern designer houses like Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Cartier, Cavalli, Hermes, Lenvin, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Guess, Gucci, Versace, Ungaro, Montblanc, Dunhill, ST Dupont, Seton, Picard, Portage, Braun Buffel, etc. Their designer creations have elevated the mens wallet from an item of daily use to a fashion accessory worthy of flaunting.
The focus on design has given birth to wallets made of materials you would not normally associate with the product, such as duct tape and stainless steel. While duct tape is a polyethylene, reinforced, multi-purpose pressure sensitive tape with adhesive originally developed as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases during World War II, stainless steel is an iron alloy normally found in construction and utensils. Wallets made out of these two materials are extremely tough and durable, besides being very trendy and fashionable. Plastic and denim wallets are also very popular nowadays, especially among the younger set. Some innovative designs resemble dollar bills and cassette tapes.
With the latest designer wallets, you can let your choice express your personality. Not only are they elegant necessities, they are ideal gifts for men. If you are a woman looking for the perfect gift on Fathers Day or Valentines Day, you cannot go wrong with a designer wallet. With a proliferation of designs and types such as bifold, trifold, checkbook, passport, money clip wallets, you are literally spoiled for choice. So, start choosing!