A wallet may seem like a boring accessory—especially compared to a statement clutch or a show-stopping scarf—but it can actually convey quite a bit about your personality (all while keeping your essentials organized). Although your wallet normally hides in your purse or tote, when it does make a brief appearance in line at the coffee shop or when you file away someone’s business card, it can illustrate quite a lot—like whether one is organized and streamlined or overrun by expired coupons and old grocery lists (I’ve been guilty of that!). And like a good manicure (i.e., one that’s not overly chipped), a tidy, non-beaten up wallet instantly conveys elegance and style.
Given that your wallet lives a rough life bopping around in your bag (which isn’t easy on most materials), it makes sense to invest in one that will stand the test of time and stay nice looking for a long as possible. Since January is for many a season of streamlining and organizing anyway, there’s no better time to weed your wallet, and if necessary, treat yourself to one of these chic and durable vegan wallets.
7 Vegan Wallets to Keep You Organized in the New Year
With material made from 100% recycled water bottles, this pebbled vegan leather wallet offers beaucoup pockets, including a small coin pocket. It unfolds to lie completely flat, which makes its contents easy to see and access. Plus, this gorgeous bright coral can lift anyone’s mood!
This beautiful dove grey wallet with its chainlink accent isn’t shy about looking high fashion—but don’t let that fool you. It’s also fully functional with three interior compartments, one with zip closure, dual bill compartments, dual interior slip pockets, five card slots, and a snap closure at the front flap.
Inspired by Scandal protagonist Olivia Pope, the Olivia wallets by Angela Roi aim to be an “amalgamation of strength and grace.” The vegan wallets are crafted by artisans and designed to last a lifetime. What’s more, the Anegla Roi brand donates part of their proceeds to local humane shelters. This classic envelope-style wallet includes ten card slots, one coin compartment, and two cash compartments.
Need something more compact?
This darling compact model offers six card slots and one cash compartment. Perfect for light days!
With an exterior of sustainable cork (no plastic in sight!), this wallet is certainly a conversation piece. It’s also fair-trade and handmade in Portugal. This slim design boasts several interior pockets and a zip closure to keep everything snug and safe.
This PVC-free vegan leather wallet is designed in Brooklyn and includes a hidden magnet closure, three compartments (one for bills, one with four card slots, and place for coins and keys), and a detachable wrist strap with gunmetal clasp. The interior is bright orange. Need something smaller? Canopy Verde also makes these adorable card envelopes.
How to Keep Your Vegan Wallet Nice
We always want to prolong the life of our belongings to reduce waste and save money. Treat vegan leather as you would real leather–be gentle.
- To keep your wallet from getting too banged up, store it in your purse away from keys and other metal or sharp objects (keeping keys in a designated pocket also means that you’ll always know where to find them!).
- A few times a year (or as needed), take a damp cloth and gently clean your wallet. Cloth areas may benefit from a bit of soapy water, too. Pat dry then let air dry.
- Avoid overstuffing it, which can strain the fabric and stitching.
Do you carry a vegan wallet? Which of these vegan wallets is your favorite?
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