A man's wallet is a defining accessory. Too showy and you're branded as a bit flash. Too slim and slinky usually means a billfold - with all the security problems that entails. Zipper wallets hit the desirable middle ground, keeping your cash and cards safe while, given you choose well, adding a certain subtle style to your everyday. Which to choose? We’ve had a look through the best of the best zipper wallets available and come up with our edit of top picks to select from. Where to spend it? We'll leave that bit to you.

Best men's zipper wallets in 2023

Côte & Ciel Recycled Leather Zippered Wallet

As you'd expect from the innovative designers behind Parisian label Côte & Ciel, their zippered wallet is a masterpiece of form-follows-function subtlety. Construction is from recycled leather, making it a sustainable, guilt-free addition to your accessories arsenal. The main compartment is divided into two compartments for easy organisation, plus there's an outer slot for even more space.

Closed Large Wallet

German label Closed endures as a go-to for cutting-edge designs that are classic yet contemporary. This wallet is evidence of its expertise. The sleek, minimalist design is crafted in Portugal from premium cowhide and features a contrasting all around zip, as well as subtle branded embossing. With five internal card compartments and a separate closable coin pocket, there's more than ample space for all your cards and cash.

Inception Horsehide Zip Wallet Brown

Crafted from soft and supple horsehide leather, this men's zipper wallet from Japanese leather goods label Inception is designed to only get better with age. The square-shaped wallet is compact yet spacious, with multiple compartments for cards, coins and notes. A sturdy universal zipper is made to stand the test of time.

Globe-Trotter 1897 Zipped Wallet

Globe-Trotter's 1897 wallet pays homage to the brand's rich heritage. The corner zipped wallet is a minimalist design crafted from high-quality tumbled calf leather, with an internal open pouch and slip pocket to keep everything safe and secure. Have it personalised with your initials or those of a loved one for an extra special touch.

Mismo Tabac Card Wallet

From the Scandinavian minimalists at Mismo, their Card Wallet is all that you need and absolutely nothing more. Smooth, full-grain vegetable-tanned leather is used in construction, selected precisely because it will simply get better over time, acquiring the patina of your life. Slots to the outside cater for your credit cards, while the internal compartment caters for notes, coins, receipts and those little notes to yourself. Designed to last and last.

Artisan Lab Black Leather Wallet

Slow, limited production are the essentials at Artisan Lab, where they define "essential" as "beautiful, functional, iconic". Their Leather Wallet is the very epitome of that, crafted in Italian full grain cowhide, with costola alla Fiorentina hand-finishing, considered the most luxurious there is, say Artisan Lab. Japanese YKK zip conceals internal Italian canvas-lined internal space large enough for up to ten cards. Five year guarantee underlines excellence of construction.

Campbell Cole Black Simple Zip Corner Wallet

Designed and made in England, Campbell Cole's characterful Simple Zip Corner Wallet is an innovative piece of highly original design. The premium Italian leather will soften further over time, closure is through a Swiss-made Riri zip and, should you choose, a hand-knotted paracord zip puller. The gusset allows the wallet to expand and take up to 20 cards, while a dot-embossed coin pocket also serves as a divider to keep notes and receipts separate. Quietly brilliant.

Roderer Italian Black Leather Award Zip Card Holder

High quality, highly practical piece from the luxury goods specialists at Roderer in always-on-trend black Italian leather, soft grained. A secure zipped compartment for notes and all those private essentials, five slots cater for your credit cards, large exterior pocket for receipts and other paper essentials. Subtle embossed Roderer logo to the rear, classy Roderer crown to the front is in stainless steel. Two year guarantee, box and pouch seal the deal.

Aurélien Beige Zipper Wallet

Desirable deluxe option from the Mediterranean luxury specialists at Aurélien. The rectangular "continental" shape is aimed at those of us who need a little extra space for our on-the-go essentials. Grained matte leather zips open to reveal highly detailed interior with two open slots for your smartphone, pen holder as well as 12 card slots, central notes section and separate zipped coin compartment. Perfect for luxe travel or to add a dash of something special to your day to day commute.

Bellroy Terracotta Zip Wallet

Classic design conceals protective hi-tech features in this reimagining of the zip wallet from the Australian on-the-go accessories specialists at Bellroy. Rugged zip opens to reveal flat notes section plus holder for three to five cards, Clever magnetic closure to internal coin pocket allows for super-easy access. For personal security, Bellroy have incorporated RFID protection, to make sure your cards can't be remotely skimmed and fraudulently used. Construction is from premium eco-tanned leather.

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