Small leather goods are often overlooked as a frivolous accessory, especially the cardholder — which as its name implies, is supposedly, intentionally made to only store cards. Most men of a certain age, in particular, seem to prefer the less complicated method of simply stuffing everything (including name cards) into their bulging wallets instead, which makes for an unappealing if convenient presentation.
But with the changing attitudes of men towards fashion and appearances, we’d like to believe that our general prejudice towards the humble cardholder has since been lifted. More than just a miniature leather sleeve to whip out in a professional setting to exchange name cards, those who prefer travelling light will be enlightened to know that they also make quite the sleek compact wallet — able to easily accommodate your essential identification cards, credit cards, along with some notes.
For dads who exude elegance
Clockwise from top left: Bao Bao Issey Miyake Black Matte Cardholder (USD 104), Common Projects Silver Multi Card Holder (USD 89), Smythson Black Croc Mara Card Holder (USD 125), Yohji Yamamoto Black Logo Zip Wallet (USD 164).
This Father’s Day, we think they’ll make quite the handsome gift for your dad, who we know is deserving of something thoughtful and exquisitely-made that he can use every day. We also think that you’ll want to know about the ongoing further markdowns (more than 50% off on selected new products!) on SSENSE happening now, where you can find all the cardholders featured here.
For dads who appreciate classic designs
Clockwise from top left: Coach 1941 Beige & Brown Signature Card Holder (USD 52), Loewe Green & Yellow Puzzle Card Holder (USD 313), Salvatore Ferragamo Black & Red Two Tone Logo Card Holder (USD 256), Ermenegildo Zegna Black & Red Pelletessuta Card Holder (USD 360).
What we think you’ll need to consider when getting your dad this everyday accessory depends on your dad’s lifestyle, work environment, and most definitely his personal style.
For dads who like to make a fashion statement
Clockwise from left: Off-White Black Quote Card Holder (USD 125), Kenzo
Black Tiger Card Holder (USD 124), Maison Margiela Green Metallic Card Holder (USD 212).
So you’ll find in this article, our curation of selected cardholders that reflect restrained elegance, classic designs, contemporary statement-makers, and something more flamboyant and colourful, for you to choose from that best suits your dad’s taste and preferences.
For dads who embrace fun colours
Clockwise from top left: Etro Black Star Wars Edition Arnica Card Holder (USD 79), Paul Smith Green Photographic Beetle Cardholder (USD 154), Lanvin Multicolor Graphic Card Holder (USD 265), Moschino Multicolor Bubblegum Packaging Card Holder (USD 167).
Since these are luxury products, they’ll come beautifully packaged and wouldn’t require you to fuss about with wrapping and presentation. Though we think you should attach a nice handwritten note dedicated to him, which will be a simple and touching gesture that’ll make Father’s Day this year something special.