Which Men’s Wallet is Best For You? Classic Bi-Fold, Money Clip, or Front Pocket

Father's Day Gift Idea: Book, Cologne, Wallet, and Tools

A man and his wallet is like a woman and her purse– an everyday essential that is carried throughout all stages of life. The type of wallet a man carries will depend on his lifestyle, personality, and needs. Today we aren't going to focus on colors or textures. And we aren't going to bore you with 21 different styles. The Urban Gent will keep it simple and straightforward and help you choose one of the THREE main men's wallet options: classic bi-fold wallet, money clip, or front pocket wallet

CLASSIC BI-FOLDS: 

Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Prada, and more // $25 – $600

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1. The Classic Bi-fold – Everyday before going to school as a kid my dad would open his brown or black leather wallet and hand me cash for lunch. This scenario or a similar one was probably the introduction to a wallet that the majority of us had. We'd see dad pull it out his back pocket when he paid for something in the store or gave us money at home. A bi-fold wallet is classic, useful, and loved by many.  Some bi-fold wallet carriers know how to keep their wallets organized and light. Unfortunately MANY others let it get bulky, fat, and overfilled with crap.  We've all seen it– it begins to look like a miniature mountain is forming on their right or left buttock… super unflattering. If the latter describes you, do us all a favor and steer clear from the classic bi-fold wallet. 

Who Should Wear / Buy the Classic Bi-Fold Wallet?

A well-organized man that has several essential items to carry, uses cash, and does not wear super skinny tight clothing. The classic bi-fold fits your ID, credit cards, a few business cards, cash, change, and if you still carry pictures it'll hold those too. 

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Citizen Ecosphere Watch

I had been on the hunt for a great timepiece for a long while. I wanted something to match my personality and lifestyle. Something stylish and sophisticated for everyday wear but also sporty enough to wear while being active or working out. Then I saw the Citizen Ecosphere Watch and fell in love.

It's black stainless steel face is sleek and nicely contrasted against the stark white accents, and the rubber buckle strap adds to the watch's wearability. The fact that it's water resistant is a major plus as well for any swimmers, kayakers, or sweaty runners. So if you're looking for a watch that's going to turn heads and let you live as actively (or inactively) as  you want, take a look at the Citizen Ecosphere. You can find one for yourself here

 

Chike Ibezue for The Urban Gent

Chicago Bulls x Starter

It's no secret that fashion can be pretty cyclical, and the 90s are making a huge comeback in casual streetwear at the moment. I'm not talking about pagers, mood rings, or rolling up one pant leg. Think ripped jeans, flannel shirts tied around the waist, snapback caps worn backwards, and Starter jackets. Yep, those jackets you probably had as kid are cool again. 


Beyond being on-trend, they're a really cool way to rep your city or favorite sports team. So when I had the chance to visit Chicago for the first time, I wanted something that paid tribute to this great city and its legendary basketball team. The Chicago Bulls Starter jacket became my uniform while exploring the streets. As we walked from the Virgin Hotel to the SkyDeck to Millennium Park with the Cloud Gate, more popularly known as the "Bean", the "Windy City" lived up to its name, but I was warm in my jacket. We passed through shops, the Chicago Theater, and Costel Iarca's art gallery, and the satin finish of the jacket helped me stand out without being flashy.

The company's latest collaboration, Starter x VILLA, is a collection of four capsules highlighting a mix of college and NBA teams. Needless to say, my favorite is the all black Chicago Bulls 72-10 Jacket. Check out the collection here, and tell us which is your favorite in the comments.


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Nike Cold Weather Campaign: #GetOutHere

As the season shifts from chilly fall to frosty winter, it's natural to want to stay warm indoors. While this reaction to cold weather is logical, it can be pretty bad for the midsection. I mean, it's called a "winter body" for a reason. Nike's #GetOutHere campaign is the solution for these excuses. It encourages people to brave the cold with their new gear that keeps you both warm and dry while training outdoors. 

We were lucky enough to head to Chicago to train with Nike and use some of the new gear first-hand. We got to try the Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights, the Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top, and the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training Jacket.


The Nike Pro Hyperwarm Compression tights and Nike Pro Hyperwarm fitted top are made with breathable Dri-Fit Max fabric and thermal mesh that wicks away sweat and keeps you warm. Trust me, they both did their jobs while we were battling the wind chill factor in the Windy City. But my personal favorite piece of training gear was the Nike Therma-Sphere Max Training JacketIts slim fit and stretch fabric let you move freely, and its Thermal Dri-Fit fabric wicks sweat. The lightweight 3-layer composite fabric keeps you warm while the DWR (durable water resistant) finish keeps you dry in rainy conditions.

Since this is The Urban Gent, style and function go hand-in-hand. Nike is known worldwide for providing both quality and style, and the products from this collection don't disappoint. Offering different color ways, I'm sure you'll find something that fits your personal style. So get some dope new gear, and #GetOutHere. After all, summer bodies are made in winter. 

 

By Chike Ibezue for The Urban Gent

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