Many men love cars but not handbags, man bags, etc. My dad could care less about his wallet or briefcase, as long as they carry his things and do not completely break apart and lose his important papers. Vlad has transformed to appreciating good handbags and loving LV Man Bags. Deep down though, the passion many men have for cars is undeniably larger than their passion for handbags (any of you not like this, let me know!!). This is why Paul Smith designs with men in mind. The Mini Cooper is a small car, fun and sporty, but not the typical man car; that is until it was seen in The Italian Job. What man after that movie did not want a small car to drive down subways and swerve in and our around town? Hell, even I did. The Paul Smith iconic striped Mini Cooper hits home for the man who loves dreaming of speed, heists, and driving down subways and sidewalks. I love the Paul Smith Mini Car Billfold because it is all work on the outside with black leather, and all play on the inside with the striped Mini Copper image. Different than anything you would see, the inside will be great for the inner boy inside your man (come on, they all still have it) and still has a folded bill pocket, two slot pockets, and eight card slots. Measurements are 4.25″ x 3.7″ x 0.7″ and this wallet is perfect for the guy who loves cars. Via eLuxury for $285.
I find one of the biggest fashion faux pas to be ordinary designs that make people say ‘Ehhhh’. Even if you make a fashion atrocity, if you did so by going out on a limb and adding bells, whistles, horns, and all that shebang, at least you were trying to be bold and different. If you make a hit handbag by combining simplicity and elegance then props to you. If you just end up ordinary, then you have been nothing but safe and plain which is a major downer in my opinion. This is the feeling I get when looking at the Marc Jacobs Quilted Leather Wallet. Sure it is not awful, but it is not great either. It is simple and safe. Safe this time is not good enough. The more I look at the black quilted leather with visible white stitching I begin to even find it fugly. There is an embossed logo on the front with gold studs on either side, the closure is a press stud fastening, and on the inside there are zip fastening sections for coins credit cards. All in all, this wallet merely makes me shrug. Via Net-A-Porter for $425.
I was a fan of you from the start. Your track suits were perfect to lounge in and super comfy. Not to mention having fitted casual pants was amazing for my rear assets. I watched the Juicy Track suit trend explode, which is of course great for you, but became a bit of an overstated suburbia house wife trend. Still, you were doing ok. Then came your handbags. Yikes. Most are a struggle with a few ok’s in there. Now I see your ‘new season’ fug, the Juicy Couture Velour Wallet which resembles a cheap steam press on logo along with a crown. Gag. Not letting this one go, Juicy added a quirky ‘Mad money’ slogan by the coin section which is cute enough but really does not make up for the rest of the bag. Shape, size, color, materials, and the theme are all wrong. Granted this wallet is only $65 via Net-A-Porter, but I’d rather save that money to pay for a zipper of a seriously hot bag. Please Juicy, go back to the basics, it makes life easier.
The Purse Blog
I think I have been neglecting wallets lately. That may be because I am in love with the wallet Vlad got me for Christmas, so wallets aren’t at the top of my list of wants and needs. But I can’t pass up a beautiful plastic carrier when I see one ;-). The Fendi B Wallet shows off soft pebbled leather with a patent leather trim. The goods are on the inside when you find 8 credit card slots, one billfold, one checkbook slot, and one picture slot. I assume if you are a plastic junkie, you can double up in each slot- Ha! There is a buckle flap closure which opens up to canvas lining and a windowed driver’s license slot. The dimensions are 7.5″ x 4″ x .5″ and if I were to get this wallet, I would opt for the bone- I think it is stunning. Buy it through eLuxury for $520.
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It has been quite some time since I have talked about a wallet. For me wallets are fun and many times can be carried alone. Thanks to Vlad, I now own the perfect wallet ever (yes, you did do a good job!), but that doesn’t stop me from looking at other potential candidates. After all, doesn’t a wallet really carry what matters? If we did not have wallets, where would our precious credit cards go that we use to buy the bag holding the wallet? Not to mention, ID, pictures, business cards, etc. If you are looking for a small wallet for on the go action, Marc has done something fun and useable. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Soft Leather Credit Card Wallet blends color and spunk with practicality by implementing a soft leather exterior with a fun yellow pattern along with three credit card slots on the inside. I know many of us want to run into the store with just our wallet, and this small pouch would be perfect. After you unsnap the front to find the three credit card slots (and hey, I am sure you could shove more plastic in there along with your ID!), you find a zipped pocket on the back with can hold some meter change. On the inside you will also find vibrant twill lining and this wallet sizes up at 4.75″ x 3.5″. Buy this perfect cutie through eLuxury for a mere $98.
I have always been boisterous. And from time to time, my fashion sense is also boisterous. I can’t help that I love being the life of the party. When I first saw this beauty by Jimmy Choo, I thought to myself that this wallet is ‘so me’. The Jimmy Choo Unity Metallic Mesh Wallet screams out glamourous fun. If you are the life of the party, why not carry a wallet that makes you look that way. To me, this wallet would be used a clutch- because there is no way I would hide this beauty from any onlookers vision. This wallet is made of silver metallic mesh and is accented with gold hardware. Showing off the signature ‘Jimmy Choo’ inscribed loop on the front, this wallet lets you know there is no messing around. After unzipping the wrap around zip fastening, you will find a central zip fastening pocket with spaces for your precious credit cards (which by the end of this holiday season may be empty). The dimensions aren’t huge, but there is still no way I would own a wallet like this and not show it off. The depth is 1″, height 4″, and the width is 7.5″. The reason I would get this ‘wallet’ is to show it off. Doesn’t it look like the perfect New Year’s Eve accessory? So, if any of you are lucky enough to indulge in this beauty, make sure you let everyone around you see it. Buy yourself a piece of Jimmy Choo heaven via Net-A-Porter for $535.
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about what holds our money. How else can we purchase a handbag without a wallet with our plastic and cash? I ran into this Bric’s Margherita Cognac Patchwork Suede and Leather ID Wallet and immediately was drawn to it. I think it reminds me of the 70’s and Miu Miu. But it’s not Miu Miu- and a perk of that is the price being much less than Miu Miu goes for. The Margherita line is a new line by Bric’s which has introduced this wallet. The wallet blends in a beautiful flowing design on the front of patchwork suede in a 70’s scheme of colors. The inside is made of dark brown leather. I love the color palette of cognac- which looks to include green, beige and dark brown colors. The inside has one bill compartment plus a coin pocket and 10 slots for cards (yay for all of us plastic lovers). The wallet’s dimensions are 3.94″ H x 5.91″ W x .79″ D. If you need a groovy wallet, this may be a cute fall wallet for you. Available via Forzieri for $138 (I told you it was a Miu Miu look for an sixth of the price!)
Granted, not everyone has the monetary assets to buy bags that sell for thousands of dollars. The Chloe Paddington may only go for about a grant and a half, but then its availability (or lack thereof) creates another big issue that potential ‘it’ bag buyers must face. While Megs was lucky to have bought one of the last burgundy red Paddies available for this year (via the Chloe stores), others were not that lucky this year. The demand for Paddies was just overwhelming, I remember the lady at the Paris store laughing at me when I inquired for the precious bags a few weeks back. Please take a slip and wait in line… make yourself comfortable ‘cuz it’s gonna be a long wait – that’s as close of a description of what her laugh tried to tell me.
A viable alternative to those who want to get a piece of the paddilicious pie is the $360 Chloe Paddington Wallet. Yes ladies, the matching wallet to the infamous bag. The chocolate brown leather wallet comes with the signature large brass key, dangling off a silver zip fastening. Did I mention all Paddies have silver YKK zippers, no matter what the color of bag or handware? Internal pockets for credit cards, coins and notes and a slim press stud fastening pocket on the outside with brass rivets and ‘Chloe’ insignia provide ’nuff slots to store away all your magic plastic. More plastic, more shopping! Hence, the spacious wallet comes (un)practically handy when heading for the weekend shopping spree. Via Net-A-Porter.
Any brand called Leonaro Da Vinci must be ‘it’ right? Ok, we all know the original Da Vinci as the big guy, the artist, the man of all men. But as I look at this wallet made by that huge name, I realize that the name may be trying to fill shoes way too many sizes too big for it. The Leonardo Da Vinci Men’s Italian Genuine Leather Billfold ID Wallet is a refined shiny leather wallet that seems nothing more than oridnary to me. This wallet shows off a classic billfold with detailed tonal stitching on the frame. The billfold has a flap with four card slots and a change snap pocket on the other side, plus three slit pockets for extras. Now I’m not saying that this wallet isn’t nice, but tagging on a name like the big LDV (Leonardo Da Vinci ;-) ) makes one assume that it may be a bit more spectacular- like a pop-up cut out of the Mona Lisa or something! Nevertheless the wallet is nicely made and comes in at a not too shaby price tag of $49 via Forzieri.
As we begin to bring our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to an end, I bet you are all desperately waiting for clutches and wallets. Of course I am pulling through, it’s what I do!
I want to start off with the fresh design of the Isabella Fiore Continental Wallet. The wallet is a longer check book style with a surprise strawberry appliquÃƒÂ© delight. It is made of green leather with pink lining, silver metal logo plate on front corner, with ten credit-card slots, ID slot, money pocket and a snap closure. For a mere $140 this treat is avaliable at Neiman Marcus.
And for a classic elegant clutch, Christian Dior gets my vote. The Dior D’Trick Jacquard Flap Clutch is absolutely divine. The classic logo jacquard pattern is presented in glittery pink lamÃƒÂ©, accented by perforated patent leather and a polished silver metal “D” clasp. The clutch is 8.75″ x 3.75″ x 2″ and can be found at ELuxury for $365.
Now for a younger more carefree look there is the BE&D Studded Clutch. The clutch is made of beige lambskin with cognac lambskin trim. What gives it the funky edge is the tarnished golden hardware and scattered stud detail. It also has a top flap with extended buckle tab, snap closure, and zip pocket and is sized at 5 1/2″H x 11″W x 1″D. This little piece can be yours for $485 at Bergdorf Goodman.
I’m saving the best for last, rather the most expensive for last. Rounding out the pack is the Dolce & Gabbana Floral Whipsnake Clutch. What a name, what a clutch, what a price! I’m gonna have to take Saks’ description because it hits the nail on the head:
“Chic, floral whip snakeskin clutch opens to reveal gold leather gusset for expansion. Gold metal trim with signature logo and screw studs. Magnetic snap flap, detachable gold chain. Metallic gold suede lining with pocket. 5″H X 8″L X 1Ã‚Â½”W” If that is the perfect gift you are looking for, buy it at Saks for $1,125.00.
As we featured before the totally hot Luella Baby Gisele Leather Tote, we have decided since we love this style oh-so-much to write about the Luella Leather Clutch Wallet. Not to mention, why not have a matching clutch that is bold enough to be on its own or be used as a wallet and kept in a handbag!
If you are actually as fashionable as you pretend to be and you haven’t been living with Fred Flinstone, you know that this hot British designer’s bags are not only hard to get your hands on but also are avaliable in the most stylish colors of the season! The clutch is made of genuine leather with a zip top entry, heart-shaped Luella key fob, and two front pockets to buckle it. It is avaliable in Green, Lilac, Pink, and Red, all are stunning and absolutely to die for. Best part or worst part (depends which way you and possibly the person that pays the bills looks at it) the main compartment has 6 credit card slots!!! YES, STRIKE!! It measures about 7″ long x 4″ high and you can get it at the hot price of $249.99 as opposed to the suggested retail of $395.
Oh the sweet, oh luscious pink. Pink’s our thang, and we just totally dig the pink on the DKNY frame coin purse. DKNY’s cute little coin purse charms with its pouch-like shape and elegant silver-tone frame. The Viennese clasp opens to two satin-finished, textile-lined compartments, that are separated by a clear vinyl divider. The pinkster also sports a zipped pocket at the back. The 5.5″ x 3.25″ x 1.5″ pursey is made from supple aged calf leather and carries a silver “DKNY” printed on its front. Available also in boring black, you can get the coin purse for 45 bucks right here.