We love a good statement bag – it’s loud, it’s proud, and it screams “I’m chic”, even if the rest of your outfit is pared down. However, statement bags tend to go out of style very quickly. Instead of shelling out big bucks for the trendiest bags of the season, why not consider investing in unconventional statement wallets instead?
Unlike bags, wallets aren’t as susceptible to the ebb and flow of trends. Furthermore, wallets tend to be cheaper compared to bags. You’ll be able to indulge and buy a few quirky iterations without draining your bank account.
Not sure where to get started? We’ve rounded up 10 unusual statement wallets that will surely spark conversations come lunchtime.
1. Ori Wallet Long in Nude, GBP138 (S$234), style & things
Inspired by Japanese origami and architecture, this leather wallet appears deceptively simple at first glance. But open its flap out and you’d find that it’s constructed entirely without sewing; you can actually unfold the wallet into a flat piece of leather. Not only is it a design win, it’s also roomy enough to put your notes, coins and cards.
This unusual card holder is great for the minimalist, and is made out of two pieces of precision-cut walnut wood, as well as a brass card insert. It’s not super slim, but it’s for a reason: The wallet holds up to eight cards, as well as cash folded in half.
Shell jewellery was a big trend in Spring, and we think it’ll continue well into summer. Instead of just incorporating shells into jewellery, we suggest going a step further by getting this cowrie shell-adorned wallet. It’s chirpy and fun; plus, the jute fabric gives it a boho-vibe perfect for summer.
Bottega Veneta’s signature basket weave is updated with little squares of colour, giving this simple wallet a playful kick. Plus, the snap button fastening makes sure all your valuables stay well-protected.
5. Trifold Swirl Wallet, US$535 (S$726), Paul Smith
Since the psychedelic colours of 60s and 70s fashion won’t be fading away any time soon, you should indulge in the retro trend with this rainbow-hued wallet. Also great for the finicky buyer who can’t decide what shade their wallet should be in. We bet this cheery piece will bring a smile to the face of anyone carrying it.
Yes, it’s a black leather wallet. However, we guarantee that the GG/horsebit hybrid metal hardware will draw the attention of your colleagues when you pull out your wallet during lunch. Not all flexes have to be over-the-top, you know.
Yes, it’s another black wallet; still, we can’t help but coo at how chic this wallet looks. Drawing design elements from Proenza Schouler’s iconic PS1 bags, this wallet features belted straps, plenty of compartments for all your cards and cash, as well as a heavy dose of style.
9. Albion pebbled-leather continental wallet, US$325 (S$443), Sophie Hulme
Is this a wallet or a bag? Well it’s both: This wallet looks just like a miniaturised version of the brand’s popular Albion tote. Remember how celebrities were carrying those ridiculous mini-bags that fit nothing more than a lipstick? This is that trend, made practical.
Showcase your quirky side with this appliquéd wallet from Valentino. Is the parrot judging you for your irresponsible fiscal choices? Who knows? But it looks good, that’s for sure. Even better: You can go hands-free thanks to its chain shoulder strap.