The Top 5 Men’s Wallets

top 5 men's wallets

An easy guide for choosing a wallet for men

Advice from Casanova 1948: the definitive guide for a simple choice

The wallet is one of those accessories that, like the mobile phone, we always carry with us. Every man should have a stylish wallet that highlights his personality and style and combines two fundamental elements: functionality and aesthetics. When evaluating the purchase of this accessory, you must carefully determine all the peculiarities that distinguish it so that you get a product that meets your expectations:

  • Dimension
  • Type of leather
  • Color
  • Number of internal pockets

They are all aspects that you must think about in the initial stages, which is why the choice between the different types of wallets should not be underestimated.
You are probably wondering:

How can I find the best wallet type for me?

This delicate process has been simplified by Casanova1948, thanks to the comprehensive experience it has acquired over the years that make it one of the best leather goods companies on the international market. Casanova1948 gives you the possibility of having a leather product custom made by expert craftsmen, Made in Italy, which is personalized to your exact specifications, meticulously considering even the finest details – all of which guarantee a final product beyond comparison.

Although originally wallets were made primarily of leather or cowhide and were only used to hold coins and banknotes, today with the changing habits and types of payment the wallet has evolved as well. New models on the market respond to wide-ranging requests for presentability, aesthetics and practicality. Wallets are now designed in various shapes, types of leather, colors and sizes.

What is the main feature that we have to evaluate?

One of the first fundamental aspects to consider, in addition to design, is the shape and size of the wallet: accurately evaluating the available space and the number of documents and cards that the wallet holds is the first step if you want a product that satisfies your every need and is sure to last over the course of time.

Based on these ideas we are going to choose the ideal wallet type. This choice is obviously subjective but a more simple still design is advisable, equipped with the right number of pockets that can hold all the essentials for you. However, it often happens that you need more space, for example if you travel often. This is why we have some ad hoc solutions including men’s bags and messenger bags – another must from the collections proposed by Casanova1948 –which are able to safely hold more items.

Very often people end up buying items, maybe even from famous brands, that do not meet their needs. Sometimes this is due to insufficient space, other times due to the size or even the leather, the workmanship, or the color ….

Did we get it?

That’s why a wallet in soft leather personalized by Casanova1948 according to your specific needs is the best solution.

So today, with the advent of credit cards and the ability to customize each piece thanks to the new materials on the market, this product can easily satisfy any need and preference. The choice, therefore, depends on your lifestyle and your personality. The goal of Casanova1948 is to respond to these requests in the best way possible and create something unique that can satisfy the needs of the customer in a flawless manner.

Even though it is a fashion accessory, the finer details are what set it apart from the standard “off-the-shelf” products.

Be careful though.

This guide is full of useful information. In order to properly evaluate the best options available on the market we have put together a selection of the top 5 wallets.

The second aspect of a wallet that must be established with particular attention is the type of leather. The leather type enhances the design and color, thus representing the most basic element of the wallet from an aesthetic point of view. But that’s not the only importance: it also determines the resistance and durability of the wallet, although over time the leather takes on a slight worn-in look which is considered a pleasing change in color tone. Casanova1948 has always used only top quality leathers, including traditional leathers, such as full-grain and baranil, as well as exotic ones such as crocodile, python, hippopotamus, elephant or shark. From such extensive experience comes a brand capable of recommending the best available products on the market in order to create a soft leather wallet that is unique, made exclusively in Italy by the best Italian craftsmen, highly customized and studied in the finest detail. And most importantly it can be designed to satisfy any stylistic preferences and the most varied needs.

Therefore, carefully evaluating the type of leather is very important: the cow and the calf go together perfectly with the most classic wallet models, and the most popular colors are black and the various shades of brown. But you can choose any color, giving free rein to your creativity. You can even create designs with two or more shades – for example, you may want elegant, classic colors on the outside and original, multicolor and bright colors on the inside, for a unique one-of-a-kind wallet.

In addition to the above options, you also have the possibility of designing even the most exotic accessories made of alligator, python, ostrich, and others, which represent a luxury niche sector.

The Best Leather:
  • Smooth or Textured Italian Alpine Calfskin : Durable and High-Quality Leather in many color shades
  • Alligator Leather : Most Durable and Exclusive Leather
  • Elephant and Hippopotamus Leather : Most Rare and Ltd.Ed. Leather, Durable, Every piece is unique
  • Python ( Sneakskin ) Leather : One of the best choice for Womans, Fashion texture and many color variations
  • Ostrich Leather : Very nice pattern, soft and delicate leather

A fundamental rule to ensure that your wallet will never get ruined is the care, and the Casanova1948 team is always trying to remind clients of just how important it is. You must take special care of your wallet and clean it periodically both inside and outside with specific products for this purpose, and then dry it carefully so that mold does not form. You should follow the appropriate instructions that you can easily find on our website.

Last but not least, you can give your wallet that special finishing touch that makes your wallet uniquely yours. The last customizable feature for products crafted by Casanova 1948 is the possibility of engraving your initials on the leather, to guarantee a one-of-a-kind, personalized product.

Now you’re probably wondering: What wallet styles are on the market?

  • The classic wallet: either a horizontal or vertical shape, it has enough room for banknotes, documents, coins and credit cards.
  • The card holder: for those who own numerous loyalty cards, credit cards and promo-cards.
  • The Minimalist and Slim Wallets: for those who want to bring only the essentials with them.
  • Travel wallet: to hold your passport and airline tickets .
  • The fashionista: for anyone who wants to follow the latest fashions.

The wallet styles recommended by Casanova1948

  • Bi-fold wallet
  • Tri-fold wallet
  • Compact wallet with money clip
  • Travel wallet
  • Card holder

Bi-fold. It is the most classic and widespread wallet style, a fashion icon, practical and not bulky, made up of two horizontal or vertical folding sections, which adapt very well to everyday uses. In the central compartment you can insert the banknotes while the two side sections are composed of many convenient pockets that hold credit cards and standard size cards. The Bi-fold is also available in the slim version, which is even less bulky. It is the perfect balance between great aesthetics, reduced dimensions and practicality.

Tri-fold. This wallet is like the bi-fold but with just one more partition that opens in the center, the main purpose of which is its usefulness and accessibility, while it can always be characterized by an elegant design. It’s a slightly more bulky yet more spacious version. It is essential for those who need to hold more cards, documents and business cards.

Compact wallet with money clip. This super slim wallet style is characterized by its elevated and stylish design, but that does not hold many documents and cards internally. It exhibits functionality and minimalism for a timeless product designed for those who appreciate class and sophistication.

Travel wallet. It is a unique accessory used especially by those who often travel for business or pleasure: passports, tickets and other documents necessary for your trip fit easily and seamlessly inside. It is very functional and versatile, always elegant and refined, and it is often completed with a practical shoulder strap or a safety wrist strap for convenience.

Card holder. This quintessential credit card holder redefines the term elegance, exhibits ultra-minimalist design and is meticulously thought out. It is an accessory of great design, that astutely combines functionality and aesthetics: slightly larger than a normal credit card, surprisingly lightweight and extremely efficient thanks to the many compartments inside. It can also be easily inserted into a jacket pocket without deforming it.

Casanova1948 guarantees a custom-made product, handcrafted in Italy with only the highest quality materials and resistant to wear and tear over time. Every single detail is personally checked to guarantee a unique, flawless product.

Hippo Wallets, Belts and Small Leather Goods

Hippopotamus Leather Goods

About Hippo Leather

The Hippopotamus leathers, as Elephant Leather, is possibly one of the most exclusive and rare leather, in the sense of the small quantity of leather panels going to production as a rest production of deceased animals, the hippo skins derived from animals not hunter but rather from those who have died of natural causes. The leather panel price is higher during the non harvesting period, this period could be long one or more years.

The hippo’s natural wrinkled skin is irregular in its texture but comes in grain and nubuck finish but is tanned to be soft to the touch, it feels and look like suede.

Hippo HideThe substance of hippo leather is about 1.2-2.2mm, due to its thickness this exotic leather is particularly durable, popular applications includes: small leather goods, shoes and gus holsters.

Between the scars, the variations in shading and wrinkle patterns that are as individual as fingerprints, a master craftsmen are able to create truly unique leather accessories such as bags, purses, and small leather goods.. It requires a great amount of skilled craftsmanship and careful selection of hide parts in order to create a uniform coloration and smooth, unnoticeable stitching.

We purchase our exotic hides from Italian tanneries who follow the strict requirements of the Convention of International Treaty of Endangered Species (CITES) permits.

Our Hippo Wallets and Hippo Belts

Casanova1948 produces different hippopotamus leather items, from classic wallets to compact wallets, up to belts and, on atelier orders, bags and document holders.

Bi fold Classic Horizontal Wallet

It is the most common and classique wallet, features several credit card pockets, 2 banknote compartments, 2 or 4 extra pockets and optionally clearview ID pocket or coin purse. Dimensions: (W) 13cm x (H) 9.5cm

Bi fold Vertical Wallet

This classic vertical wallet, one of the most used wallets, is a perfect daily companion because its generous amount of pockets and layout availables.
Dimensions: (W) 9 cm (H) 12.5 cm

Bi fold Square Wallet

A gorgeous compromise between dimension, layout and portability, it feature one banknote compartment plus several pockets and additional compartments.
Dimensions: (W) 10 cm (H) 9.5 cm

Business Credit Card Case

A large document holder and credit card holder with 5 or 9 credit card pockets and an upper main compartment. It is a good idea for the holidays or the summer for its limited thickness.
DIMENSIONS: (W) 12.5 cm (H) 9 cm<

Card Holders

Classic pocket card holders in different versions, extra small with 2 c/card pockets, small with 4 c/card pockets or
medium with 6 c/card pockets, all models with one superior compartments.
DIMENSION: DIMENSIONS: (W) 10 cm (H) 6 / 8 cm

Money Clip Wallet

A modern, practical and Slim wallet. With central spring money clip this thin wallet is equipped with 6 additional pockets for c / card or pocket at sight plus 2 extra pockets.
DIMENSIONS: (W) 11 cm (H) 8 cm ( 8.5cm EU Version )

Exotic Men’s Belts

Exotic Belt for Man, 35mm (1.38in) or 40mm (1.57in) width , tapered-tip strap, custom stitching color, lined with natural vachetta vegetable tanning.
DIMENSIONS: Made-to-Order waist size

Leather Specs

Our skins are mostly from Zambia, the leather panels are brown nubuck finish, chrome tanned with vegetable retanning, selection ext/sp/reg, CITES appendix II.

How to Measure your Wrist Size

Wrist Size Guide

When shopping for an exotic bracelet or luxury bangle, Casanova1948 helps you identify the correct size according to the most recognized international standards.

Use a paper measuring tape to measure around your wrist. If you do not have one, you can use a piece of string or a marked paper to wrap around your wrist and then measure the length with a regular ruler.


Size IN CM (approx.)
XXS from 4.1/2 to 5 from 11.5 to 13
XS from 5 to 5.1/2 from 13 to 14
S from 5.1/2 to 6 from 14 to 15.5
M from 6 to 6.1/2 from 15.5 to 17
L from 6.1/2 to 7 from 17 to 18
XL from 7 to 7.1/2 from 18 to 19
XLL from 7.1/2 to 8 from 19 to 20.5

Our Snake skin and Alligator Bracelets and Bangles: show

Casanova1948 How to measure your wrist size v1.0 PDF version

Suede and Nubuck Leather Goods Care Kit Guide

Suede and Nubuk Leather Care Kit Box

Dear Customer,
we would like to thank you for choosing Casanova1948’s Suede and Nubuck Leather Goods Care Kit.

If you still are not our customer we appreciate if you take care of your leather products using our leather care instructions ( with specific leather goods brushes and creams ).

To use this guide, if you are not an owner of our leather care kit. please get: 1 brass shoe brush, 1 rubber brush, 1 brush with natural rubber and bristles, 1 brightening spray (no gas) and 1 cotton cloth. Buy the specific leather goods polish products only from specialized shop online or in your town ( ask for any question ).

Important! this instructions are only for Suede and Nubuck Leather, avoid to use them with Smooth ot Textured Calfskin and Exotic Skins..


  1. Remove dust from the shoe by gently brushing it with the brass shoe brush.
  2. Scrub vigorously with the rubber brush to remove any stain or marks on the shoe (use the small natural rubber brush for the hard-to-reach parts, e.g. near the sole or the seams).
  3. Give a second gentle brushing with the brass shoe brush.
  4. Shake the brightening spray bottle, then apply the brightening spray at distance of 15/20cm. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
  5. Brush again gently with the brass brush and the small brush, possibly following the same direction with the strokes.

Leather Care Kit. pdf Guide

Enjoy your shoe care!

additional resources: Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care Guide

Smooth Leather, Textured Leather and Exotic Skins Care Kit Guide

Smooth & Textured Exotic Leather Care Kit

Dear Customer,
we would like to thank you for choosing Casanova1948’s SMOOTH, TEXTURED AND EXOTIC Leather Care Kit.

If you still are not our customer we appreciate if you take care of your leather products using our leather care instructions ( with specific leather goods brushes and creams ).

To use this guide, if you are not an owner of our leather care kit. please get: 2 tins of polish ( neutral and black ), 2 shoes polishing brushes ( neutral and black ), 2 shoes polish daubers ( natural and black ), 1 cotton cloth and Meltonian or Casanova1948 Neutral and Black cream. Buy the specific leather goods polish products only from specialized shop online or in your town ( ask for any question ).

Important! this instructions are only for Smooth and Textures Leather, Alligator and Lizard Skins, avoid to use them with Suede or Nubuck Leather goods.


  1. Remove dust from the shoe with a clean brush (the natural wood brush for lighter leather, the brown brush for darker leather)
  2. With the dauber (again, use the natural wood to apply clear polish, and the brown wood for dark/black polish), spread the polish evenly over the entire surface of the shoe, especially on the seams, and let it absorb; this will restore leather hydration and preserve the seams.
  3. Leave the polish in place for about 20 minutes, then buff the shoe with brisk, side to side motions of the brush.
  4. Give the final touches with the cotton cloth to remove any excess polish on the shoe.

Leather Care Kit. pdf Guide

Enjoy your shoe care!

additional resources: Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care Guide

International Banknote sizing references for classic, compact or slim wallets

Banknote Dimensions

Does the wallet fit my bills? Here’s a list of the major currencies’ banknote size (updated in 2017), to help you understand if your bills will fit right into the wallet you wish to buy.

Classic men’s wallets of most major brands and designers are usually large enough to fit any kind of currency. The same is true for all our bigger formats.

Our classic wallets and long wallets, both in calfskin and exotic leathers, are all compatible with large format banknotes.

But what about compact or slim wallet with money clips or other small and custom made wallets? Most of our compact wallets can also fit the most common international banknotes. Nonetheless, we suggest you compare the product description and data sheet with the list of the major international banknotes out below as a reference guide. For any further doubt, please contact us and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Women’s wallets are usually larger in size and are therefore a perfect fit for all kinds of banknotes. Recently, however, our female customers have shown interest in purchasing more compact wallets, perhaps to use them in the summer or in more formal occasions. Whatever your reasons, please refer to the following guide to the most common size of banknotes for your convenience.

* Research updated on June.2017

Banknote Dimensions: US Dollar
All US Dollar have the same dimensions: 6.14 inches wide x 2.61 inches long ( 156mm x 66.3mm )

United States Dollar Specs (Wiki)

Banknote Dimensions: Euro

Euro banknote specs and security features against counterfeiting

Banknote Dimensions: British Pound

Banknotes of the British pound sterling (Wiki) Current Banknotes of England

Banknote Dimensions: Canadian Dollar
All Canadian Dollar have the same dimensions: 152.4mm x 69.85mm

Outline of Canadian Banknotes and specs

Banknote Dimensions: Australian Dollar

Current Australian Banknotes

Banknote Dimensions: Japanese Yen

Outline of the Issuance and Circulation of Japanese Banknotes

Banknote Dimensions: Russian Rubles

Current Russian Banknotes

How the Leather Tanning Process Works

Exotic Leather Tanning Process


In order to increase the penetration of the tanning agents, the raw hide undergoes a process of preparation, which may include dermal relaxation and partial saponification of the fats. Another typical step is liming, where hydrated lime (a basic agent) is added to remove any hair left on the outer surface of the hide.

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Leather Care and Exotic Leather Care

Leather Care

Leather Care


Never leave your leather exposed to water, chemicals, and the elements, as they will discolor your leather items. The life of your leather good will also be dramatically shortened if it is not kept conditioned: if too dry, it will begin to crack and the finish will fade as well.

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Choose Own Men’s Belt and Women’s Belt

Dark Tan Alligator Belt

Men’s Belt and Women’s Belt: How to choose the right belt on the right occasion.

A belt, an essential accessory that gives character to your look, must be adapted not only to your own personal style, but also to the style of clothing and the occasion in which it is being worn.

Men’s Casual Belts and Women’s Casual Belts

For everyday outfits, men’s casual belts and women’s casual belt or men’s classic belts and women’s classic belts will probably be the best choice, while formal men’s belts and exotic women’s belt may be more appropriate during special events or dinners.

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