Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Search for a new wallet

Mr Curious and I had a fantastic mini-break in Melbourne. Blog posts will come in due course :-D

My current Prada wallet has served me well since 2006 but it's getting on a bit, and I think it's time for a new one. My plan was to go to Prada and buy the same wallet in a different colour (that was what I did last time!). To my disappointment Prada does not make that particular wallet anymore, so I am on the lookout for a new design.

My requirements are:
  • Compact - I'm not a fan of continental wallets
  • Leather
  • Has at least 6 card slots
  • A separate coin compartment
After a late breakfast yesterday morning Mr Curious and went down Collins Street to do a bit of "research".

Out of loyalty I went to Prada first but nothing took my fancy.

I have a red LV Epi Speedy and I love the colour and the leather, and the Joey wallet looked good on the LV website.

However it didn't look as good in person. It was bulky even when it was empty, the leather felt a bit too stiff for a wallet, and the clasp was a hassle to me - I want the wallet to be easy to use.

The Gucci flap French wallet fits all my requirements. However I'm not sold on the type of leather or the colour, and I feel a bit too old to have a heart on my wallet :-/

Finally I found a worthy candidate from Chanel - a Camellia-embossed lambskin wallet (top left in the photo below).

Here's a better look of the lambskin (in a different style). The leather is SO smooth.

I like that the coin section is completely separated from the cards section and can be easily accessed.

I wasn't planning on getting a black wallet but I'm not closed to the idea (the wallet also comes in a dusty pink which I don't like). I want to look around a bit more but the Chanel is defnitely on my shortlist. I'm really looking forward to getting one when I'm in Hong Kong.

Oh yes, I will be going to Hong Kong for a family gathering later this month. Hello shopping with the strong Australian dollar :-D

Update 3/8/2011: Adding another wallet to the mix - love the colour of the Miu Miu. I need to check it out in person :-D

Update 2: So I went down to the Miu Miu store at Westfields to have a look. The wallet above is just a tag too long but I quite like this one:

I may even get the matching keyholder!

Update 5 Sept 2011: You can read about my final choice here.

Photo credits: LV, Gucci and Miu Miu wallets from their respective websites, Chanel wallet photos from Rakuten.com 


  1. I love the LV wallet, but then I'm a sucker for red! Looking forward to seeing what you pick! x

  2. I love the wallets you've chosen so far Ms C!

    I've owned the smaller version of a LV monogram french purse & a damier zippy wallet before and i used them for about 2-3 years each. My only prob with LV would be the edges, it started fraying for some reason.

    I really love the Chanel one, it's pretty!

  3. I love the chanel one with the embossed flower print !

  4. Love Chanel's style. Girly but not too sweet.LV is a bit boring and Gucci - you know my opinion ;)
    let us know how you go!

  5. Love the Miu Miu one - the colour is so cheerful!

  6. I think i like the miu miu one the best! I'm not a huge fan of designer wallets that scream 'hey i'm a designer!' Having said that i'm also partial to the Chanel one as well.

    The pattern on the miu miu is really lovely and the colour is so pretty. I looked at some miu miu ones myself when we were in Vegas last year and they're whole range is very nice.

  7. Buying a wallet is such a big decision! I had to go and visit the one that I liked multiple times before I actually purchased it.

    Big decisions indeed!

  8. I'm partial to Chanel, with Miu Miu a close second. I *almost* bought a Miu Miu on my trip to HK recently, but ended up with Chloe.

    Have fun shopping in HK, I was just there and bought so much!

  9. Thanks everyone! I won't decide until I'm in Hong Kong, there are likely to be more choices over there.

    My main concern with the Chanel is the delicate leather. The patent leather version of that wallet is too glossy for my liking. Because of the lighter colour the Miu Miu looks fine even though it's also in patent leather.

    @Deidre - definitely a big decision, especially since I'm so used to my current wallet. I'm glad to have found a few to put in my shortlist.

    @Running in Lulu - the HK trip is mostly about family so there won't be as much shopping as I'd like. All I want is 1/2 day of shopping without TLG!

  10. The Chanel & Miu Miu are gorgeous <3

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