Payments with bank or credit cards are still growing very quickly, same as the variety of card types used for identification, access etc. As a result there is also a strong increase for cases in which the cards can be kept handy. This may be a traditional portemonnaie with card compartments. But there are also cases for cards only. Many card cases have additional pockets for money bills or coins.

Function of card cases

A clear arrangement and safety are main features of card cases.

Clear arrangement

As a lady or a man you will want to find the card you need quickly. Therefore the arrangement is important. In leather cases the cards are arranged in a staggered position. The upper part of the card remains visible so that it can be recognised by its colour or label.

Metal cases have a spring mechanism which allows to push the cards outside.


As for the safety three points are important.

  • Pockets or slots should prevent that cards can slip out unintentionally.
  • The use of cards for payments avoids a personal contact. This aspect was very important during the corona crisis. Many shops and restaurants asked their customers to pay with cards in spite of the fees.
  • A RFID protection should prevent that your card can be read out.

How many cards do you need?

Cards were introduced by banks in the middle of the 20th century. They were used for the identification of a customer, but also allowed to draw money from the newly installed automatic cashpoints. The cards contained the essential data of their owner: his bank, his credit etc. When the card was introduced into the teller machine money could be withdrawn.

Today the possibility to store data on a small card is used for many purposes, e.g. for your ID card, your driving license, your membership in a club, the access to a building or parking lot etc. The use of reading devices was another reason why the 5,4 x 8,6 cm size of cards became a national and international standard.

As a lady as well as a man you may use a variety of cards consisting of

  • a bank card,
  • a credit card,
  • a card for your health insurance,
  • a card for your car insurance,
  • your ID card,
  • a club card and
  • a card for your parking lot.

As an owner of a car you will use at least seven or eight cards. If you use many cards you should not keep all in one pocket. You might have one case for the cards used for your business and another one used privately. Also it will be safer if you have another bank or credit card available in case you loose your purse. Very convenient are small cases for a few cards only which you may slip into the pocket of your shirt or your business bag.

Card cases as a statement

Your card case is a statement. With a small case with only a few exclusive cards you may leave a better impression than with a bulky wallet.

As a lady you may show you good taste by the choice or the colour or the leather.

Many cases also carry the emblems of a brand with which you want to identify yourself.

As your outfit the card case is an important feature of your personality.

Styles of cases, purses and wallets

For your cards today you can choose between a great variety of styles, from traditional purses to small cases for cards only.

The traditional wallet

The features of a traditional portemonnaie were determined by the number of bills, documents and coins it should carry. After the introductions of bank cards additional pockets for only two or three cards were added. Some banks would even hand out the first cards in a small plastic cover.

Traditional wallet with pockets for bills, coins and cards
Traditional wallet with pockets for bills, coins and cards

In the course of time credit cards were introduced by Diners, American Express and other companies for the payment in hotels, restaurants, travel agencies etc. While the use of a bank card meant an immediate debit entry on your account the expenses with a credit card are debited only once a month. This payment term and the practical use led to a quick extension of cards.

Many companies as airways or department stores also use payment cards for their loyalty programs.

Wallets and document cases

Previously documents for a driving licence, passports and personal identification were issued in many different sizes. For each of these cases were offered in a matching size, of you had to use a wallet big enough to contain the different formats.

Normally these cases had some pockets for a few cards.

Wallet and document case with few card pockets
Wallet and document case with few card pockets

Styles of card cases from leather

Due to the increase of cashless payments for many customers today the use of cards is more important than the use of bills.

This has led to the development of many different styles. The thickness of the case has become an important feature. The leather case should be flat so that it fits easily into the pocket of jackets or trousers.

Open cases

Normally open cases have three or four slots for cards. They may have slots on the front or also on the back side and a compartment for a bill in the middle section.

Open card cases
Open card cases

If you use few cards only a flat open case is the best choice. They fit into an evening bag when going to a concert or a party. But they can also be slipped easily into the pocket of a men’s jacket of your business case.

Closed card cases

The basic style of a closed style for cards consists of a case with a flap. Such a case normally is used only for name cards. Normally they have one big compartment for your own cards and a smaller pocket for cards you receive during a visit or an event, which normally you store away at home or in your office.

Closed cases for your ID card and other cards usually consist of two parts which can be folded. On their inside both parts have pockets for four or more cards. Most of these cases also have other compartments for bills or tickets.

Closed card cases
Closed card cases

Closed card cases offer a better protection but are less slim compared with open cases.

Metal cases

Recently also metal card cases have been developed. They have space for up to six or eight cards which can be pushed into a staggered position by a spring mechanism. Like this the cards can be identified and easily be taken out.

The metal case can be fixed to a cover of leather which similar to a wallet has pockets for bills and even coins.

Metal card cases with and without cover from leather
Metal card cases with and without cover from leather

The advantage of metal cases is the good protection of the cards, a disadvantage that they cannot be as slim as leather cases.

The features of card cases have changed with the change of habits of use

Times ago the size of wallets had to match the sizes of bills of single currencies. So wallets for Swiss or Belgian francs had to be higher than those for US Dollars or German Marks.

This changed because the format of bills became more similar, but also when cashless payments became standard for the settlement of bills or transfer of money, and the cards were used for all kinds of information.

The number of pockets for cards has become an important feature not only for card pockets, but also for the functional interior of shoulder bags or business cases.

Today all bags of the Corf Bags collection for ladies and men feature pockets for cards.

Most popular card cases in the Corf Bags collection are

  • the open card case Tim,
  • the closed case Ulf for up to 24 pockets and bills or
  • the purse Sven with pockets for 15 cards, but also bills and coins.

The recent trend to use data stored on the phone might reduce the use of cards and so also the need for card cases.