Earlier this week, a brief conversation between two of my favorite writers - Josh Ginter and Ben Brooks - got me thinking about wallets. They both had written their own reviews of the Dosh Wallet ( Here's Josh's & Ben's ) and had ended up with some similar points, but differing feelings on the wallet overall.
Their conversation got me thinking about my own wallet - a pretty typical bi-fold design from some overly trendy brand called Nixon that I picked up whilst buying some new pants two years ago. It's been with me ever since, and while it's performed admirably in all it's wallet-ly duties, it's never struck me as anything special.
It fits my cards, my seldom-carried cash, and many other bits of paper ranging from receipts and movie tickets to business cards. Frankly, it's sort of a mess. And I'm a little surprised it doesn't bother me more.
I feel like I'm pretty picky about the items that I carry with me every day - my bag, my earbuds, my pen & paper - so an almost unconsidered object that I carry around in my pocket every day seems abnormal. Almost like some sort of self-imposed moral sin.
I've been thinking about what I'd like from a wallet in the back of my mind for a little bit now, and I've begun to put together a picture of what an ideal one would look like. Zip-closed, slim, made from quality materials, and possibly colorful. I haven't yet found any option that meets that description - albeit I really haven't started looking in earnest yet.
Tools & Toys actually published a short list of some of their favorite wallets this morning, and while the MAKR Canvas Zip wallet on that list is going in the direction I'm thinking, it's still not quite what I'm imagining.
I'm not sure if or when I'll end up finding the ideal wallet, but for me the search has officially begun. By this time next year I'd really like to have found it. I'm hoping it won't take that long though.