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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My Canali Story + The Urban Gentleman’s Favorite Canali Looks for the Season: Suits, Polos, Pocket Squares, Denim, Loafers, Dress Shirts, Belts

 
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CANALI: Since 1934 in Italy

Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square. Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square. Suit, shirt, tie, pocket square, belt, shoes, socks, cologne. This was how I spent my slow hours as an intern in the Men’s Furnishings department at Nordstrom. I would sit around doing these combos, honing my ability to pick out the perfect suit combo off the cuff.  My eye for a suit combo became amazingly good, I was sort of a machine, the suit-tie-pocket-square combo slayer if you will. When a man walked in my department I scanned his frame, processed his wants and needs sized him up and paired him perfectly within minutes. This particular Nordstrom was located in the wealthiest part of town so the men I dressed were CEOs, NFL players, restaurant owners, and I even dressed my first "royal" there. Given the clientele I had to prepare myself for these types, for the men who came in wanting the absolute best we had to offer. My combo was nearly always the same for these men: Canali Suit, matching dress shirt (the brand would vary), Zegna or Robert Talbott SevenFold tie, Ferragamo shoes and belt. 

The Canali Suit — I remember asking Stacey, the dashing perfectly dressed and groomed manager of the suit department, if he could teach me everything he knew about suits. It was during this training that I first learned what cuts, brands, and styles looked best on certain body types. He also taught me that Canali was the best, and they've been one of my favorites menswear brands ever since. 

Read more about their history below and checkout The Urban Gentleman's favorite Canali Looks for this season:
 
 

CANALI offers a complete range for The Urban Gentleman's wardrobe
Suits, Polos, Denim, Pocket Squares, Belts, Shoes, Dress Shirts, Trousers, and more
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God Vibes Only: God Love by Papa San + Sunglasses for the Summer

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I love the artwork for Papa San's Journey album

Let's start the week off with God vibes, which is the greatest of good vibes. I discovered reggae artist Papa San last week and have been blasting him ever since. His latest album Journey was exactly what I needed to give me those chill reggae vibes this summer.  (Song below). To match the reggae vibes we chose some of our favorite sunglasses for you to browse through below.  All are in a reasonable budget range of  $18 – $300 , Raybans, Oliver Peoples, Express, Urban Outfitters, Paul Smith, Stella McCartney, and more. 

Can Men Wear Rompers? Brompers, Short Jumpsuits, Onesies, One-Pieces for Guys

 

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left to right: Asos slim jumpsuit, Sheehan and Co jumpsuit, RompHim 

I was at my nephew's soccer game several weekends ago when my brother-in-law asked me, "What do you think about guys wearing rompers, like jumpsuits, but with shorts not pants?" "Hmmm" I responded. He went on, "It was a big thing on Facebook this week and everyone was going in about it, making jokes, figured I'd ask the fashion expert".  So how do I feel about men wearing rompers?

My Top Picks: For the summer, if it's in your budget, I'd suggest the preppy Thom Brown jumpsuit in the middle, but cut the sleeves and pants to make it more airy. The raw edges would look stylish or you could take it to a tailor and have them do it so it's sewn properly. Paired with perforated Common Projects  + the perfect pair of shades — it's an easy win. If you try this definitely let us know. 

I think everything is so relative. When asked this question my initial thought was of men in their work uniforms. My family is in the car business (car dealerships, auto shops, custom shops), so I have seen men in logo embroidered one-piece work jumpsuits since I could open my eyes. And of course, there's nothing wrong with that. My grandfather owns lawn and building management service companies, so again I've seen men in overalls my entire life as well.  My next thought jumped to Europe, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Austria countries like that and I envisioned lederhosen— which is traditional to the culture.  After computing that, I thought about an article I briefly read a couple months ago discussing the new trend of rompers for men… and it just didn't quite sit well in my mind. I imagined men in short semi-snuggly fitting body suits, legs very exposed… it felt a little too feminine. This series of thoughts took about 30 seconds or so, and I was finally able to respond to the question my brother-in-law so fervidly inquired. 

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