If you run a quick search on "wallets" on Kickstarter, you will find it everywhere. So it’s safe to assume, that this may the next big thing — some may call it the Wallet 2.0. The minimalist wallet is thin, small and lightweight but stll allows you to fit what you regularly put in a traditional wallet. It is one of the hottest accessories to have for both men (and women).
These wallets are designed for you to carry basic necessities – the credit cards you use most, a bit of cash, an ID card for work etc – and still fit into your back (or front) pocket. Comfort and style aside, they are also secure and primed for quick access to your cards.
Want to replace that bulky and beat up wallet for the holidays? Check out these 20 minimalistic wallet designs for one suited for your personality.
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A personal favorite (my order is on the way), the MostRad is a small bi-fold wallet that has slots for multiple cards and an elastic band for cash. The outside of the wallet also features a single card slot for quick access to your most-used card. [$30]
LEAN Essentials wallets are made of a one-piece full grain leather wrapped into cardholder design. There are 3 compartments to choose from: the front reveals a quarter of the card or paper bills for quick access, the center allows for secure storage of a number of cards, and the back features a slot for cash. It is available in four colors and has branding/lettering options too. [$49]
This wallet is only slightly bigger than a credit card. The front is made of leather while the back is made of elastic material, great for fitting all the cards that you have to carry around with you. The center section is split in 2 with another layer of elastic material. The cutout at the front allows you to push out cards for quick and easy access. [$28]
The Capsule wallet is a classy looking wallet that comes in 9 different colors and material/textures. One face of the wallet features a leather band while the other face has a card slot for quick access. The center slot holds the rest of your cards. [$70-$85]
A fully machined solid brass with an elastic band at the center for secure storage, Machine Era is outside the norm when it comes to minimalistic wallet material. The design is remarkably simple and secure, and it is also available in black aluminum. [$28-$45]
The Sapling Wallet adds a touch of class to the minimalistic wallet. It features 2 pieces of wood held together with an elastic strap, giving you secre space for 8 or more cards. Available in walnut, cherry or birch wood, you can even choose to apply laser engravings to customize your wallet for a small price. [$14-$25]
The Trofeo wallet is a simple cardholder made from Lamborghini seat material, built for comfort and durability. It is also elastic so it can expand to store more cards – a wallet that is truly minimal. Despite the use of expensive material, they still managed to keep the price affordable. [$32]
The Flip wallet consists of 2 cardholder pockets that are folded and held in place with an elastic band. Surrounding it is a large elastic band to hold together additional cards and paper bills. It is available in 8 different colors including Wine, Olive and Baby Blue, each at a very reasonable price. [£14]
A wallet cannot be any simpler than the Dash 2.0 wallet. It comes in 2 designs, a horizontal (as shown in the picture) and a vertical design that holds the cards differently. The hole at the front allows you to use your thumb to quickly slide out your most used card. Depending on the type of card, using a horizontal design allows for quick swipes while a vertical allows for quick reading of the credit card chip. [$19]
Don’t like the feel of the elastic band? Minimo features one with a large silicon band for a better grip. The wallet requires a minimum of 2 plates, where a 3rd and optional center plate can be added to divide the cards. The 2 main plates can also be swapped with custom-designed plates that lets you hold coins, an SD card, a small flash drive or even a key. [£16-£30]
The Holster Minimal wallet can hold more than 10 cards plus cash at one time. Two pieces of leather – one long, one short, both with a plastic core for reinforcement – are held together by a thick elastic strap. The strap makes the design expandable to hold more cards without too much room for them to fall out. [$20]
This wallet is primarily made out of elastic material and can be unfolded when you unfasten the hook and loop. It gives you more room to store more of your cards. It is also designed to let the cards stick out a little from the wallet (securely, they assured) to allow you to quickly get to the card you want. [$19]
ShamrockWallets come in a variety of designs: cardholders, wallets and in a wallet, card and passport holder combo-mode. They’re made out of leather with RFID blocking material to keep your card information safe. It is also secure, as shown in staircase drop experiment available at its Kickstarter page. [$28]
Ainste is another brand that sells a few different designs of minimalist wallets. It’s made out of leather and comes in a variety of colors for you to choose from. Like all minimalist wallets, it comes with bands to hold paper bills together, along with a few card slots. [$34-$47]
The SlimFold wallet is made from a durable lightweight material called Tyvek that is 100% waterproof and ultra rip-resistant. It’s almost as thin as paper, so it won’t add bulk or weight to the cards or cash that you want to bring with you. Available in 2 sizes, original and micro, it also comes in a variety of colors [$20]
Jac Henri is a start-up design company that wants to redesign everyday things to make it look more elegant yet stay simple. Here’s their wallet design that comes in a variant of colors and material choices to fit your style. It looks like a bi-fold wallet with a band but the insides only have 2 slots. This allows it to be very thin and minimal yet secure enough to hold your bills and cards. [$90-$320]
Pronounced as ‘human’, the HuMn wallet comprises of 2 to 3 pieces of powder-coated aluminum plates held together with an shock strap. This allows for easy access to your cards and cash, which are held together with the tight band. You can also mix and match the colors you want the plates and straps to come in. [$76-$178]
The Leffot Fold wallet gives you a unique way to store your cash. It’s essentially a single piece of leather folded in three sections. Just slip in your paper bills and fold in from both sides. It comes in 2 sizes, fit for any currency bill size. [$95-$120]