Ask Design Mom: Funky Wallet

May 24, 2007

Ask-Design-Mom Question:
Hi Gabrielle. A friend of mine introduced me to your site and i am now a Design Mom addict! I just purchased a black Harveys Seatbeltbag (the exec. tote) as a funky diaper bag and am now on the search for the perfect funky wallet to go with it. I was thinking something bright orange or green. Any great ideas?? Thanks for being a genius! — Amy


Design Mom Answer:
Aww. A genius? That’s my favorite compliment yet. Great question, Amy. A good wallet can do wonders for helping you feel put together and organized. They’re definitely worth a thorough search. (Oh. And nice choice on the Seatbeltbag. My dear friend carries one and she can’t say enough good about it. Plus it’s so cute!)



I happened to see some wallets by Jill Bliss yesterday at the Stationery Show and I thought they might be perfect for you. She makes them from vintage bed sheets (not reproductions — actual vintage bed sheets), so the fabric is as functional as can be. You just throw it in the wash if it’s getting dirty. And because of the nature of the source material, these wallets are inherently limited edition, making them even cooler.

But what I especially liked, is that Jill made about a bazillion proto types, which she used herself, until she found the right balance of features, like the perfect amount of card slots and a zippered portion for coins. Lots of fabric choices on her site.


If wallets-from-sheets have too much of a refurbished vibe for you, take a look at the colors in these beauties by Aster+Sage. They have tons of accessory choices (wallets, organizers, jewelry envelopes, ipod covers, etc.) on their site. I’ve posted about this company before. I’m a big fan.


And of course, you can’t go wrong with something lively from Kate Spade. (I like the color selection at Plaza Too.)

What about you Design Mom Readers? What are your favorite funky wallets?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Terina May 24, 2007 at 7:40 am

vera bradley has some great, bright colored with cool patterns wallets. i love her purses too. you can’t buy it from the website (i don’t think) but they have them on ebay and then you can do a store search on her website.
verabradley.com

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2 BeachysCapeCodCupboard May 24, 2007 at 7:49 am

I am very partial to etsy! Oodles of yummy wallets and pouches to be found! Just type in your requirements into their search box and see what comes up! Also, if you find a particular seller whose items you like, but you want something more specific, etsy has an “alchemy” link so you can request a “special order”!

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3 love.boxes May 24, 2007 at 9:53 am

I love those Kate Spades! Cute and colorful!

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4 Diana May 24, 2007 at 10:25 am

I get loads of compliments from my cheap-o Isaac Mizrahi wallet from Target. And it’s sturdy, perfect size, and functional. Oh, and you can’t beat a $13 price tag!

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5 Queen Scarlett May 24, 2007 at 1:40 pm

People love my green croc Monsac wallet… I love it too. It’s been the best one I’ve found with a place for everything. I love taking it out of whatever bag I’m using that day…makes you feel so pretty.

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6 ParisBreakfasts May 24, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Oh heck! I had the ticket to the Stationery Show and was even going to meet my cousin.
Of course I begged off AGAIN…what with deadlines etc.
At least I can catch up here on everything I missed :)
MERCI

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7 Anonymous May 24, 2007 at 8:02 pm

You can not go wrong with the fun wallets from Queen-bee creations. Also check out tinymeat’s etsy shop especially the Basketweave Series – Carrot Juice – Wallet

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8 kristi brooke May 24, 2007 at 8:53 pm

it may not be on the funky side, but i am a huge very bradley fan and her wallets have great cotton fabric and wear great.

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9 kristi brooke May 24, 2007 at 8:54 pm

ok.. so i didn’t even read the first comment..glad to know i am not the only one who loves them

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10 amy May 25, 2007 at 2:01 pm

thanks for the ideas everybody! i LOVE the orange sherbet sheet wallet gabrielle! what inspiration and imagination!

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