I recently met up with a friend for dinner in Brooklyn. At the end of the meal, we both reached for our wallets to split the check.
As I rooted around the cavernous depths of my purse looking for mine, he flung THIS on the table:
I cannot believe I am still dealing with the “office supplies as accessories” situation. I thought we’d settled that! But here’s the real deal:
We are not impressed by your ingenuity; we are put off by, well… by your using a binder clip as a money clip!
Because real talk time: part of being a grown man is owning grown man accessories. Like wallets, for instance, and shoes that aren’t sneakers. Like a sturdy watch. And as with all these things, a wallet is also a great way to show off your personal style.
To replace my friend’s supply closet staple money holder? What about a nice side wallet ($55) from Chester Mox? My friend Derek of the great menswear site Die, Workwear (which, if you haven’t checked it out, do so immediately) introduced me to the Los Angeles-based brand, and I’m so glad he did. Their beautiful handcrafted goods are made to order, and they use Horween leather, one of the last tanneries in the United States. I love how the color gets deeper and richer with age. Like your favorite baseball cap, this wallet will look better with age and some solid beat-it-to-hell time.
(A note on color: Personally, I like guys carrying wallets made of brown leather more than black, but again, the important thing here is that you’re carrying a wallet at all. Carry on…)
If my friend wants to stay true to the binder clip heritage (sarcasm implied) of his current pocket companion, a money clip will suit his purposes. This one from Etsy seller R Parish Woodworks ($22) with decorative Australian wood fits the bill.