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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can certainly count on this carrier to hold your personal documents but don’t count on it to hold A4 ones.
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.
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