I love any product that minimizes bulk and lightens the load when I’m traveling. Here are four svelte wallet and wristlet designs that are right in step with fashion’s sleeker lines and silhouettes.
The Wally Micro ($39.99) slips inconspicuously and comfortably into a front pocket, flexing its elastic band construction to expand and secure a varying stash of up to 10 cards plus a few folded bills. Made in the USA of Italian vegetable-tanned leather, it features Distil Union’s signature Wally Pull-Tab, a clever gizmo that lifts cards up and out of the wallet. The grosgrain ribbon pull-tab even makes a satisfying zzzzip sound when you give it a tug.
Designed for the true minimalist, the Wally Micro means freedom from wallets weighted down with the detritus of daily living. It is crafted in rich full-grain leather and is a mere 0.3 inches thin. Available in eight color combos, the Micro is also reversible to keep style options open. www.distilunion.com
Running errands around town, heading to the gym or traveling to your favorite weekend destination? Shed the heavy handbag and pack the Squeeze Wristlet ($31.49) from Lewis N. Clark’s WEA collection. This chicly designed phone wristlet is all you need to keep tech, ID and personal necessities protected and conveniently close at hand.
Available in black and teal, it is soft and durable in dirt-repelling nylon accented with quilted fabric. Slip your smartphone, ID, credit cards and more into the large squeeze-top pocket, exterior slot pocket and exterior zip pocket featuring two RFID-protected card slots. It is streamlined, secure and comfortable to carry. Just grab and go. www.lewisnclark.com
Here is the perfect accessory for skinny jeans: the ingeniously designed Front Pocket Wallet ($40) by Rogue. Made in the USA of top grain leather, this patented and lightweight wallet is slim and trim and fits hand in glove in your front pocket. That’s because it is curved and pointed, shaped to mimic the pocket’s contour.
Stitched directly into the wallet’s lining is RFID-blocking WalletGuard to keep personal info safe from identity theft. A full-size banknote section, three card slots, stash pocket and an ID pocket keep things organized yet slim. www.rogue-industries.com
Save time by carrying your own charging station on your wrist. Sakroots has a lightweight and super convenient Charging Wristlet ($38) with a built-in power bank. Integrated into its design is a 2500mAh rechargeable battery that connects to your smartphone, music player and any other electronic device that has a USB charging cable.
Carry the wristlet on its own or toss it into your tote for extra organization and a charge backup at all times. Included is a USB charging cable, zipped neatly into its own pocket adjacent to the battery. Available in more than a dozen pretty prints, including Optic Peace, Ivory Spirit Desert and Metallic Songbird, the wristlet has a wipe-clean exterior and a contrasting lining in its main compartment with interior zipper pocket and three card slots. www.sakroots.com.
December 10, 2016
With the slim, front-pocket Wally Micro, a folded bill fits inside the sleeve or beneath the elastic for quicker access.
Photo: Distil Union
The slim and contoured Front Pocket Wallet keeps your credit cards, cash and important documents safe from pickpockets and petty criminals.
The Squeeze Wristlet has a removable wrist strap and fits most smart phones.
Photo: Lewis N. Clark
Charge and recharge as you travel with Sakroots’ Charging Wristlet.