Elegant London-made wallets

New e-tailer Rule Brothers creates classic or colourful card holders

Pamplonne lizard-skin and suede tri-fold wallet, £425
Pamplonne lizard-skin and suede tri-fold wallet, £425

There are few things closer to a chap’s heart than his wallet, especially when it’s been with him through thick and thin. As was certainly the case with my own, which recently gave up the ghost and began to disintegrate and unravel after a rather remarkable 27 years of service. 

The Pamplonne comes in a range of colours and custom finishes
The Pamplonne comes in a range of colours and custom finishes
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In search of a replacement, I discovered a new leather goods e-tailer called Rule Brothers, which offers exceptional handmade wallets in both classic colours (black, tan and navy blue) and vibrant limited edition hues such as orange and turquoise. But these do not resemble my trusty, somewhat bulky 1990s bi-fold, designed to be bulging with notes and jangling with coins; they are the slim and elegant card holders of our increasingly cashless society, which won’t ruin the lines of a well-fitting suit or act as unwelcome ballast when carried in a trouser pocket.

Tortola lizard-skin and suede card holder, £225
Tortola lizard-skin and suede card holder, £225
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The Tortola card holder (£225) is the more minimal of the two options, with a card pocket front and back, crafted in gunmetal, tan or blue lizard skin, each with a boldly contrasting suede lining. I prefer the more substantial Pamplonne tri-fold model (£425), however, which comes in a similar range of colours. Both are made in London and can be requested in custom fabrics and finishes by emailing the site, which also offers a selection of finely crafted “gentleman’s accessories” – from Wiltshire-hewn humidors (from £3,500) to the Palladian table lamp (£675) in bevelled english hornbeam or black walnut wood.

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