Save, Spend, Splurge: The Season’s Best Wallets

August 31st, 2011

We don’t spent a great deal of time discussing wallets around here. That’s not because we don’t love them – we do! – but bags do a fine job grabbing all of the spotlight, leaving wallets and other small leather goods with little attention to share among themselves. And that’s silly, because those pieces are just important to our everyday lives as bags are.

In the spirit of reminding ourselves of exactly that, let’s take a look at the three wallets, in three very different price ranges, that I’d love to be pulling out of my bag for the season ahead. No matter if your budget is tight or extravagant, your wallet can be just as chic as you are.


Marc by Marc Jacobs is always a reliable go-to for affordable leather accessories. The brand’s selection during any given season is huge and varied, and the prices all generally fall below $250 (and some of them are far below). For less than a hundred bucks, I’m really digging the Marc by Marc Jacobs House of Marc by Marc Jacobs Card Case. (Kind of a mouthful, right?) Some people like a petite wallet, and others, like me, prefer to store their cards and their cash separately. If you fall into either of those categories, it’s hard to beat $88. If you don’t, Marc makes larger wallets with a similar look. Buy through ShopBop for $88.


It’s hard to believe that Fall 2011 marks Alexander Wang’s first foray into leather goods; his wallets and pouches are pretty lust-worthy. I’ve chose to highlight the enormous Alexander Wang Prisma Giant Clutch Wallet to appease people who like to be able to stash everything they own into a wallet (seriously, it has a slot for your cell phone), but it also comes in a more expected size for $250. Buy through Alexander Wang for $395.


Are there any small leather goods more splurge-worthy than Alaia’s? I think not. The man’s iPad cases may be $800 and up, but they make me want to buy an iPad so that I have a reason to maybe buy one some day. The Alaia Perforated Petal Wallet inspires the same sort of wild-eyed excitement; even though it’s way beyond my wallet budget and is so light and beautiful that it would probably be destroyed inside of my disorganized, messy bags in a hot second, I can still pine for this medium-sized, leather-lined beauty from a distance. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $800.

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