marc jacobs key pouch
Marc Jacobs Key Pouch

Normally, I’m not one to encourage outrageously expensive “small leather goods.” $150 Louis Vuitton and Tiffany keychains, $300 iPod and iPhone cases, and $100 cell phone charms would usually make me want to stab people and rip my own hair out at their utter ridiculousness, but I have to make one exception.

One of the most useful things I’ve ever bought was my Marc Jacobs Key Pouch. Ranging in price from $125 for plain calf leather to $185 for Marc’s signature quilts, the price can seem steep for something no larger than a deck of cards.

I’ll be honest; I didn’t pay full price for mine, and they can be found on sale occasionally. If something happened to it, though, and I needed a new one, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay retail and replace it as quickly as possible.

These little things are ingenious – they attach to your keys and there’s enough room inside for at least a dozen cards. I’ve completely eliminated my need for a wallet, and since they hold my driver’s license and insurance card, the only things I really need to run to the grocery store are my keys and my cell phone. It also makes it much easier to switch out handbags, since I don’t have a bulky wallet to shove in to tiny clutches for going out at night.

I’ve also been blown away with the little guy’s durability – mine has been tossed around, abused, taken to dozens of football games, thrown on the floor, buried under piles of clutter, and been everywhere that my car keys go. It’s in a medium to light color (MJ’s denim blue from about 2 years ago), and the soft calf leather shows very little wear (and not a single loose thread). Also, since the zipper clicks into place on the front buckle, there’s no risk of the zipper loosening over time, sliding open, and your cards falling out all over the place.

My denim blue is no longer made (I’ve had mine for enough years to be sure of that), and if I had to replace it today, my pick would be the dark purple quilted leather, available through eLuxury for $185.

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  • Anilu Magloire

    So cute. I love the color. They really are very practical for a quick run to the store.
    Cool stuff, Amanda.

  • Lynda

    That is way too cute! I’ve got to have one!

  • Jen

    Hey I do the same thing!

  • Holly

    I totally agree. This is absolutely my most useful small leather item.
    I used this at college to hold my dorm room keys, car keys, student ID, credit cards, and a few reward cards like Best Buy reward zone, or Kroger Plus Card.
    It held up amazingly well minus the one stain I couldn’t remove.
    I bought a new one for the upcoming year and I plan to use my old one for loyalty/reward cards only (I have so MANY) and my new one for only IDs and credit cards.

    Worth every penny!

  • Ponn

    I am totally sold!!

  • Adam

    I have the classic calf skin one in the light brown. I bought to about three years ago. I use to use it everyday. it is very practical especially with the built in key hook .Does marc still make the checkbook clutches in smooth calfskin ( i do not like quilted leather)

  • sophia

    i sooooo love the colour but not the price!

  • smitzy

    there’s a plum quilted leather version on sale at for $130..i love checkbook wallets way too much to give them up but the plum color is beautiful.

  • sophia

    smitzy – thanks for the infor…unfortunately bloomingdales doesnt ship international…i realise that all the good MBMJ or MJ deals are mainly in the US.

  • Salina

    I saw this at Nordstrom and fell in LOVE. but since i am working on a budget (well.. im saving up for a rebecca minkoff), I decided against spending on such a little guy. However, I have noticed (since I am still in high school) that many people are using vera bradley id cases because they do the same deed but at a much more affordable price ($10!) which has been leading to soo many knockoffs but this one, of course, is much classier :)

  • leah

    i have this and three similar ones one by louis vuitton and the other chanel the 2nd other by kate spade i have a super tinny pantech c300 phone and i fit a key some cash and my phone in this and the others i find these very convinent

  • Kendra

    A nice elegant design for a wallet. The color is great.