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The Stat Sheet: Chester Mox Antiqued Calf Bi-Fold

  • Najib Benouar

There are a lot of wallets out there, but not many that will hold up to the rigors of carrying your various personal financial effects—while handsomely showing some well-earned wear over the years. This antiqued calf leather wallet from Chester Mox fits the bill. (And your billfolds.) Here’s what else you need to know about it.

The Story: A husband and wife whose family was in the wallet biz decided to update their offerings, including some handsome angle-cut wallets and using leather sourced from some of the finest Italian tanneries—including Ilcea’s antiqued calf, a favorite among high-end shoemakers.

In Other Words, This Is: The Italian bench-made double monks of bifold wallets.

Who to Channel: A man who carries cash and plastic neatly tucked into their own slots; a 1950s day trader; a guy with a really handsome wallet.

When to Use It: Now. Or, with the holidays around the corner, give it to some lucky giftee. Plus, they do laser-engraved monograms.

Expiration Date: Possibly never. The leather, Ilcea’s antiqued calf (known as “museum calf” in the shoemaking world), will probably outlast you—and generations to come.

A few more detailed looks at the wallet, after the jump.»

The Artisanal Scissor

Ladies and gentlemen, the artisanal scissor.

We know, that’s crazy, but once you get past the basic incredulity reflex, it’s not such a bad idea—and maybe worth the 90 bucks you’d be dropping on the thing. It’s made from impeccably burnished copper, in a fourth-generation atelier in Kanazawa, Japan. Everything about it is handsome, from the patina of the metal to the slice of the action.

If you know anyone who takes their paper-cutting that seriously, you may be about to make their day.

The Tie Press

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From time to time, a gentleman will get creases in his tie. (Intercontinental voyages are often involved.) And since ironing is usually a last resort for such things, you may want to turn to the bizarrely shaped, obscurely useful device known as the tie press.

Granted, most of the appeal is the chance to add another handsome antique to your collection. (It would look great between your Truman-era shoe tree and hand-cranked coffee grinder.) But once you've laid eyes on one of these, we have a hard time imagining an iron measuring up. File it under "refined affectations."

A Perfect Circle

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Dressers haven’t changed much in the past few decades, which may explain why most prefer antiques to newer designs...but there’s something to be said for the occasional new idea. Even if we have to ship it in from Britain.

This floating cabinet lets each drawer hover a few inches in the air, giving them a sense of weightlessness. Of course, it means each one needs its own slideable lid, but it’s a small price to pay for progress.

And it should fit perfectly into that empty circle near the closet…

This is Nashville

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Manhattan can be a hectic place for the brick-and-mortar crowd—in both good and bad ways—but it’s nice to see what a brand does when it has a little more room to breathe.

On the heels of his recent Manhattan shop, our favorite southern tailor Billy Reid has just opened up a Nashville location, and it looks like the extra real estate was put to good use. Like the New York store, most of the furniture here is reclaimed from points south to give the place an anachronistic ambiance. But don't be fooled: the business is entirely modern.

This is Reid’s seventh boutique and, other than the New York, they’re all in the South—from industrial Dallas to Reid’s hometown of Florence, Alabama. And while everyone can probably conjure up images of classic southern style—other than Colonel Sanders, that is—nobody’s been interested in becoming the Great Southern Designer. He has his work cut out for him.

Take a look at the Nashville store»