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?