Many sleek wallets leave you shuffling through a stack of disordered cards, trying to find the right one; their lack of individual pockets (and thus organization) is what makes them slim. The Ekster 2.0 has a better solution: a pinky-activated switch that quickly flicks up all six contained cards in an accessible stepped fashion to get you the right one, stat. Both the Parliament and Senate Ekster (click through to second image) feature this mechanism plus a cash strap and an extra card pocket, though the former boasts a few extra pockets on a bifold flap to hold up to ten or eleven cards. They both also come with the option of a slim, solar-powered Tile-like tracker that slips in like any other card and emits noise when activated (via smartphone) to help find it.
Learn more at Kickstarter – roughly $70+
It’s slimmer and more compact than most Costanza-sized wallets, though the Vessel Wallet really sets itself apart thanks to two unique features: a two-way sliding card compartment and a concealed drawer. The former helps you quickly find the card you’re looking for by swiping the ones in the way downwards before swiping the right one up — somewhat like making your way through modern-day dating app profiles. It’ll hold up to five or six cards in this compartment along with stuff that most wallets end up squishing in the drawer, like gum, a couple of pills, an SD card or flash drive, or even a condom. The compartment is also big and wide enough for cash, though a removable money clip will handle fatter stacks of that nicely.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $65
It’ll hold just about as much as your overstuffed bifold, it’s just a hell of a lot thinner (and better looking). The Carbon Fiber Ridge Wallet is made up of two carbon fiber plates held together by a rugged elastic strap. Up to twelve of your cards fit snugly in between, protected from RFID skimming, and either an elastic or a spring steel money clip holds quadruple-folded cash on the outside. On the off chance the elastic ever wears out or breaks it’s completely user replaceable — you’ll just need to undo a few screws with the included T5 Torx driver to swap it out.
Grab one at Ridge Wallet – $105 to $115
It looks clean and simple, but that’s just because of the substantial amount of work that went into developing and crafting the Discommon Leather Card Wallet. It’s made by thermoformed wolf grey Italian calf leather coupled and laminated to orange microsuede, the latter which shines through inside the wallet, at its edges, and through small perforations throughout that give it a sports car seat sort of feel. The forming process ensures the leather won’t stretch or become imprinted with your credit card’s numbers and the wallet holds up to eight cards — four per side — or four cards plus some folded cash.
Grab one at Discommon – $130
The Grovemade Compact Bifold Wallet doesn’t have the word compact in its name for nothing. This slim wallet foregoes the flat storage of cash, instead requiring you to fold bills in half before inserting behind the card slots. As a result though it boasts a profile 30% smaller than traditional wallets by hugging the more closely hugging the contours of the cards stored inside. Each is also made from start to finish in Oregon of vegetable-tanned leather by Grovemade and Yonezawa Leather for the sewing, and can fit as many as eight standard cards and/or business cards plus cash. Available in tan (shown) and black.
Hit up Grovemade for details – $100
It’s no secret that sitting on your wallet isn’t good for you. But if you’re going to do so anyway you’re probably better off with a Memory Foam Wallet over a more traditional stiff leather one. As its name suggests the wallet features nice and soft memory foam on the outside that boosts comfort when sat on while compressing down to just about 1/8th of an inch thin. On the inside it’s got a standard 6 pockets layout for cards, holding up to 14 of them comfortably, and a large banknote compartment for your cash. It’s also washable, so throw it in the machine sans cards and cash if it ever needs a refresh.
Grab one at Amazon – $25
It’s significantly thinner than leather, not to mention more durable. The Cardamon Wallet is a particularly solid option if you can’t stand Tyvek wallets despite thinness being a priority. Each one is made of a single sheet of aeronautical grade thermo-plastic urethane composite called MeridianShell that’s thermo-formed and welded into shape, foregoing the need for visible stitches. Despite it’s minimalistic design the Cardamon fits up to eight cards — four per side — as well as full-sized banknotes, making it front-pocket useable without compromising on your carry (or needing to fold bills four times like on smaller wallets). And it’s guaranteed to last forever, so if you somehow manage to wear it out just send it back to Cardamon for a replacement. Available in five colors — black, blue (shown), yellow, red, and brown.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $49
Wingback makes wallets, passport sleeves, and card holders — everything you need for your pocket-bound everyday carry except something for your phone. Now they’ve ticked that one off their list as well with the Wingback Phone Sleeve, a low-profile iPhone 6/6S/7 holder made of full-grain vegetable tanned leather in four colors: charcoal black, chestnut brown, cognac, and whisky tan (shown). Each has an extra wing pocket as well that can store up to about four cards plus some cash so you can ditch your actual wallet most days, too. A small opening on the bottom also lets you plug earbuds to your headphone jack — if your phone has one, anyway.
Learn more at Wingback – $75