10 best men's card holders

Keep all your precious plastic in one place with a sleek carrier

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If your bulky wallet is weighing you down, why not consider upgrading to a card holder? It’s a great way to streamline and means that your most important cards are all in one place. They’re slimmer, undoubtedly sleeker and there’s a whole host of stylish possibilities for every budget. Here is our pick of the slickest out there. 

1. White Stuff William Envelope Card Holder: £15, White Stuff 

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If you’re after something a little more traditional in colour then this one is for you. It’s a chocolate-brown leather envelope with contrasting stich detail.  Inside, there’s just one compartment to stash as many cards as you need, rather than fiddling with individual slots. 

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2. Liberty London Black Iphis Leather Cardholder: £70, Liberty London

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Inspired by one of Liberty’s well-known prints, this is a subtle way to do florals – in black embossed leather. This one has three card slots. 

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3. Smythson Panama Leather Card Holder: £95, Smythson

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Luxury leather goods brand Smythson has a knack for making even the most mundane of items exciting, from diaries to passport covers. This bright green card holder is no exception: grained leather and gold embossed branding keeps things chic. Inside, it’s canvas lined and there’s space for three cards. Also comes in black or a bold yellow. 

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4. Reiss Colmar Panel Card Holder: £30, Reiss

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Made with contrasting black leather and suede panels, this is a super-sleek option. It holds cards on both sides and the silver-tone branded button is a smart touch. 

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5. Herschel Supply Co Charlie Card Holder: £20, Asos

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A brand typically associated with heritage-inspired backpacks, Herschel has extended its know-how to card holders. With practicality at the forefront of its design, this option has four card slots in a handy wipe-clean, canvas outer. There are a range of designs but our favourite is this burgundy one.

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6. Vivienne Westwood Grained Leather Card Holder: £50, Harvey Nichols

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In electric blue grained leather and with cropped edges, this from the Vivienne Westwood’s eponymous label is a typically nonconformist take on a classic accessory. You get seven card slots, a poppy-red lining and it feature’s the brand’s distinctive orb logo as a plaque. 

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7. Comme Des Garcons leather Card Holder: £59, Lyst

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This eye-catching leather card holder in a bright, sky blue is designed by hip Japanese brand Comme des Garcons. Inside you get two compartments for cards as well as a slot for paper money, and there’s a discreet embossed logo. 

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8. Aspinal of London Slim Credit Card Case: £45, Aspinal of London

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Handmade from Italian calf leather, this credit card case is a luxury buy. It can store up to six cards and is available in a range of colours and textures. Our pick of the bunch has to be this orange lizard print with cream suede lining. It can also be personalised with gold embossed initials for an extra £15.

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9. Want Les Essentiels Kennedy Leather Card Holder: £110, Mr Porter 

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Budget permitting, this leather card holder is the one we’d invest in. Want Les Essentiels aims to create design classics that ace their function for on-the-go style. We’d say this four-slot holder does that; made from French and Italian leathers, in green white and blue, it also comes with a handy removable money clip so you can keep both paper and plastic in one place. 

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10. Topman Tan Leather Card Holder: £8, Topman

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This is a bit of a bargain for genuine leather and it will store up to four cards. One for anyone who likes their accessories understated. 

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Verdict

If you’re willing to splash out, then our pick of the bunch is Liberty’s leather card holder. While the intricately embossed design is subtle, the quality craftsmanship makes it worth investing. If you’re counting those pennies, then we’d suggest going for White Stuff’s more affordable, yet equally as tasteful option.

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