I don’t know about you, but these days I don’t have much of a need for a full-size purse. Maybe it’s with cards very much taking over from cash in a contactless world, or perhaps it’s because my handbags seem to be getting miraculously smaller and smaller. Either way, I’m all about carrying just the essentials whenever I leave the house, which is why I’ve become a pretty big fan of the card holder.
Slim and compact in design, card holders are a genius solution for keeping all your many cards—credit, debit, ID, memberships—organised and in one place (I know I’m guilty of letting them slip out of my pockets regularly if I’m carrying them separately). They’ll also fit into the tiniest handbag, or make it much easier to grab your cards in a rush if you’ve got a, shall we say, ludicrously capacious bag. And when you’re popping to the shops or running out to the gym, a card holder even slips easily into the pocket of your coat or the slimmest of workout leggings. And whilst they’re practical and functional, they can also be pretty. Of course, we have our favourite luxury designers to thank for that.
Looking for a space-saving wallet option for yourself or even as a ridiculously chic gift idea? Keep scrolling. I’ve rounded up 21 of the best designer card holders that money can buy. From buttery-soft leather to fun textures, prints and colours, there’s something for everyone. And for those who still carry pennies for eventualities (those pesky supermarket trollies and gym lockers always get me) some even feature a bonus coin compartment—very convenient indeed. The best part? They’re just as fancy, but much less of an investment than a designer bag. You’re welcome.