No space in your mini bag? 15 designer wallets, holders that fit with room to spare
Mini bags are still popular – but that just means there’s no space for a lot of things. Time to retire those bulky long wallets and go small.
We have fashion designers to thank for teaching us that we really don’t need a lot to get by. A lesson immortalised by an endless slew of mini bags that fit only a handful of Chuppa Chups and maybe some spare change.
But what woman will say no to super-cute mini bags that offer an excuse to relive girlie childhood memories? Its miniscule size perfectly juxtaposes the curvy silhouette of a woman.
That said, cute is not without its shortcomings. Space constraint is a real problem. There is simply no space for even basic essentials like a long wallet and if, by a stroke of luck, you somehow manage to get the bulky wallet to fit, that’s probably all it will fit. No sense in carrying a bag for a wallet though, you’re better off with a wallet-on-chain.
Just how does one make room in a mini bag? First things first, get rid of the bulky wallet. In its place, replace with a slim pouch that won’t take up space unnecessarily or a card case that easily doubles as a wallet.
Scroll on for the best-looking options.
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COMME DES GARCONS CDG LOGO WALLET, S$290
Designer extraordinaire Rei Kawakubo’s leather pouches are a staple among the fashion set for good reason. Equal parts chic and functional, you’ll be able to fit notes, coins, credit cards, and even hand wipes.
BURBERRY MONOGRAM STRIPE E-CANVAS ZIP COIN CASE, S$380
Riccardo Tisci’s imaginative take on Burberry’s storied logo – a monogram featuring an interlocking TB pattern, after the house’s founder Thomas Burberry – gives monogram fans something else to hanker after. The coin case even has a key ring inside.
HERMES BASTIA CHANGE PURSE, S$390
Made from a single piece of leather and folded in origami fashion, the Evercolor calfskin softens and becomes shinier with use.
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FAURE LE PAGE POUCH SPLASH 11, S$390
Made from robust vinyl, this limited edition (220 numbered pieces) mini pouch comes with a removable lanyard that lets you wear it on its own.
BALENCIAGA NEO CLASSIC LONG COIN AND CARD HOLDER, S$450
Reminiscent of Balenciaga’s famed Motorcycle bag, this handy carrier is a carefully considered rendition that is compact enough to fit into petite sacs.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SKULL ZIP CARD HOLDER, S$530
This has all the hallmarks of luxury – a lapis lazuli hue, croc-skin effect, silver finish, linear lines and that unmistakable McQueen skull.
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GIVENCHY 4G ZIPPED CARDHOLDER IN SHINY TEXTURED LEATHER, S$590
Goat skin on the outside and lambskin on the inside (lining). Now this is what we call top of the line luxury.
LOEWE PUZZLE COIN CARDHOLDER IN CALFSKIN, S$590
You fell in love with the Puzzle bag, now you can fall head over heels for the family’s mini-est me. Besides coins and cards, it will also hold your cash and other bits.
BVLGARI SERPENTI FOREVER CARD HOLDER, S$685
The Italian marque’s beloved serpenti slithered its way on to this dainty elongated holder. If you look closely, you’ll see the enamel eyes on the serpent. Classy.
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CELINE ZIPPED PURSE WITH REMOVABLE CARD HOLDER IN GRAINED CALFSKIN AND SMOOTH LAMBSKIN, S$690
If one pouch isn’t enough then take two. This twin card holder features a zipped compartment, as well as a pocket with card slots.
GUCCI GG MARMONT CARD CASE WALLET, S$700
Gem collectors will recognise the bright jewel tones on this number. It’s crystal clear where designer Alessandro Michele drew his references from.
LOUIS VUITTON SLIM PURSE, S$700
Essentially a zipper wallet without the bulk, this slim purse features a main compartment, two side compartments, an outside flat pocket and six card slots.
PRADA DOCUMENT HOLDER, S$790
You can certainly count on this carrier to hold your personal documents but don’t count on it to hold A4 ones.
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DIOR DIORTRAVEL DETACHABLE CARD HOLDER IN TOILE DE JOUY REVERSE TECHNICAL FABRIC, S$840
This five-slot card holder featuring the Toile de Jouy reverse motif – a new take on Dior’s hallmark pattern – can be used on its own or completed with a shoulder strap.
TOD’S LEATHER POUCH, S$560
This self-sufficient pouch is made up of a zipped pocket, multiple card slots and a snap-hook that you can attach to your bag or pant loop so there's no risk of ever losing it.