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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  • rose60610

    Of the three, I’m most partial to Wang. However, I don’t leave the house without lipstick and I need something that can hold a tube, or five. There are many great wallets out there. One I’m contemplating is the LV “Zippy” in nomade. Due to a multitude of membership cards for various organizations, ID’s, one credit card, cash, etc, I have one wallet. If I had a matching one for each bag I’d need a Rockefeller budget.

  • Kat

    I’ve always been wary about getting a luxury designer wallet because no matter how careful your are, a wallet will wear out quickly from daily use. Plus I’m super paranoid about the germs on bills, I can’t stand the thought of Bottega Veneta Intrecciato or Prada Saffiano leather crawling with bacteria.

    So I’d rather buy a non-designer, but nevertheless well-made leather wallet. I’d feel less guilty about stashing bills in it, or laying it on top of a public restroom counter.


  • Gloria

    Personally, I’ve found wallets last forever and when your smaller accesories are quality it speaks volumes.

    • annika

      i agree with you,Gloria. Quality over quantity anytime! I’m not bragging here but I do believe designer products without the ridiculous price do go a long, long, way. My LV Etoile wallet still looks good which I bought last 2009 and most of my clutches (Burberry Ashcombe clutch, Bottega Veneta knot and the Bottega Veneta leather) still looks just the same as the day I purchased them.

  • QQ

    love the AW wallet.

    i currently use a rebecca minkoff ‘paper/plastic’ model. was under $100 on sale. have had it well over a year now and its barely aged minus some scratches on the surface. i am really unforgiving on it though.

  • MizzJ

    Great choices! I love how functional the AW one, but hate the uber plain design. There is a difference between minimalist and boring.


    • Cristina

      I did have also a hard time looking for a minimalist wallet that would look good, but then I found one, made by Clean Everything. It’s really great!


  • miriam wiener

    I was at Neiman Marcus yesterday, saw the new Valentino bag, color Vanilla, aplique front large pouch zip front,top closure, expesive! What is your opinion on this bag if any please? Thank you, Miriam…

  • Amy

    I love my MbMJ wallet! The leather is solid and durable – I expect to have it for years.