My Wallet Evolution
As my wardrobe and shoe collection matured over the years so did my wallet. More than just a piece of leather to keep my license and money safe in my back pocket, (consciously or unconsciously) my wallet speaks volumes about who I am and what I wanted to convey to the world. As I recall my thought process behind buying these wallets, I invite you to think about your own personal journey told through your purchases over the years.
I. Preppy. Quirky.
J.Crew Flip Wallet
I believe I got this wallet during my senior year of prep school. Back then, everything had to be J.Crew or a little bit quirky. This was actually their take on the magic wallet. You put your bill in one way, open it up on the other side, and like magic: your money or cards would be nicely secured within the straps. This was my wallet of choice all through college.
Following college, I really wanted to start anew in every sense of the word and one way of doing that was shedding all the excess in my life. I joined a gym, got an apple computer, and picked up this money clip from Tiffany's inscribed with my initials on it. I was a minimalist in every sense of the word and the money clip was just an extenstion of that. My motto: Carry only what you need to survive
III. A Man For All Seasons
I already had three Jack Spade bags by the time I got this wallet, so I was already well versed on all things Andy Spade. But what drew me to this particular one was the wool-like material on the outside. This 8 card holders showed that I was indeed growing up but the wool material on the outside displayed my love of playing with traditions.
IV. On The Go
When I first saw this wallet, it reminded me of an sleek Italian sports car and I loved the fact that it had an ID pocket on the outside for quick and easy access. I didn't feel right carrying around a wool wallet during the summer so I got this one for the summer months but it quickly became my wallet of choice all through the year.
As some has pointed about before, this wallet reminds them of something they made in
Boy Scouts and I totally agree with them. In fact, the beauty of this wallet lies in its nostogic construction. The top knotch quality leather that grows with me while simultaneously reminding me of my youth is the perfect reflection of where I am today.