If your wallet is starting to look like George Costanza's, it's time to get a card holder. That chunky bifold, filled with receipts of months old purchases, punch cards from coffee shops you never visit, and gift cards with negligible amounts of money on them, is not doing you any favors. What you need is a sleek, slim, and streamlined card holder.
A card holder will give you easy access to the few credit cards and IDs that you actually use, allow you to stash a little cash, and slide effortlessly into your pockets. And they look loads better than those garish, metal money clips in the SkyMall catalogue.
Our favorite is the Smythson "Mara" card holder. It’s incredibly thin, so much so that it practically goes unnoticed when slid into pants, shirt, and jacket pockets. We like that the two pockets on the front let you divvy up credit cards and the rest of the lot. The notch in its design makes the deep center pocket, where you’d keep cash, a lot more easily accessible. And we love that the wallet sources its durable leather from Italy, where it's stretched, embossed with a subtle (yet swervy) crocodile pattern, and carefully turned into a wallet with reinforced stitching at the top corners and waxed edges to avoid splitting. All of these touches ensure that your wallet will last much longer than that half-punched coffee shop card you should really really just toss.
If the Smythson isn’t your style (or within your price range), we've got you covered whether you want something sleek or flashy.
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Originally Appeared on GQ