There is a popular saying that a woman carries her life in her handbag, but in my case, that’s not entirely true. I carry my life in my wallet. From the obvious items, such as my ID and credit cards, to my very important Cha Cha Matcha stamp card that provides a free drink with every 10 purchases, I often resort to simply carrying around my wallet instead of my entire handbag when I’m seeking convenience. That being said, when I do choose to carry my Chanel bag with me, there is a simple pleasure to be gained from reaching into it to pay for my matcha latte and pulling out… a matching Chanel wallet. The devil is in the details, and in this case, that detail is a finely made, exquisitely stitched leather wallet.
Often providing an affordable access point to a luxury brand, a classic designer wallet is an elegant and easy way to upgrade your accessories. As young adult women living in the fashion world, it’s high time we ditch our bulky wallets bursting at the seams with coins and receipts we’ve kept since college and replace them with sleek, compact wallets that only carry the necessities. Below, we’ve rounded up the best designer wallets so you can make the transition faster than your friends will compliment you on your new purchase.
1. Saint Laurent Monogram Quilted Wallet
In 2019, the Lyst Index revealed Saint Laurent's Monogram wallet had achieved "icon status" as one of the most searched accessories on the internet. Carried by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, Saint Laurent makes a classic, sleek wallet that will fit perfectly in your handbag or in your hand, if you decide to forego the bag altogether.
The Lyst Index is at it again, awarding Gucci the title of most popular brand in the world in 2019. Specifically, Gucci wallets are some of the most coveted, with the GG Marmont wallet at the top of the list. Even Alessandro Michele has admitted that the monogrammed wallet is one of the most sought-after products. It seems stars like Reese Witherspoon and Emily Ratajkowski are convinced, as they've regularly been seen sporting the style.
Bottega Veneta's new creative director, Daniel Lee, called his debut line with the brand a "palate cleanser." Consider my palette cleansed: Bottega Veneta has always been a chic, elegant choice, but this two-tone color scheme and timeless intrecciato motif make it a particularly classic choice. Salma Hayek and Shay Mitchell seem to agree.
Prada has been referred to as Hollywood's favorite brand, and the stars seem to agree. The Prada Zip-Around wallet has long been a popular choice among the fashion set, with its traditional, simple style making it a versatile choice. This style has been around forever, which is why you've likely seen it worn by everyone from Jennifer Garner to Lily Collins.
Though most commonly known for his red-bottomed high heels, Christian Louboutin's studded wallets are a must-have for any fashion girl looking to add a little edge to her look. Gwen Stefani, the queen of cool, is known for rocking this wallet all over town.
If you, like most of us, can't quite afford a Birkin bag at this point in your life, the Hermès Epsom wallet is a close second. While any accessory from Hermès is a sizable investment, it's a smart one worth considering as each piece is equally timeless and chic.
Since Jonathan Anderson was appointed creative director in 2013, Loewe has continued to experience a rise in popularity. Historically known for its superior leather craftsmanship, a new sense of creativity and energy has been infused into the brand, resulting in pieces like the now-infamous Puzzle bag and this textured wallet. Carried in the hands of fashion girls like Irene Kim, Loewe has quickly become a must-have.
This brand and wallet need little-to-no introduction. With the timeless quilted pattern and the double-C logo, this wallet is practically begging you to pair it with the classic Chanel Flap bag. Forever adored by fashion girls, the social elite, and yours truly, Chanel can do no wrong.
When you're looking for a little edge without, say, pricking your fingers on a Louboutin, Valentino is the way to go. With Pierpaolo Picciolo at the helm, Valentino has walked the fine line between graceful couture and youthful vibrance, and this mini wallet is made to be taken out on the town.
Louis Vuitton's Zippy wallet is one of the signature pieces of the entire brand. Consistently redesigned and updated, this original pays homage to the brand's classic monogram and colorway. Louis Vuitton has always been the picture of French glamour, and this wallet is no exception.