When building a collection of designer pieces, most would immediately think to spend on a bag. After all, if you’re going to invest in a luxury item, might as well go all out! But it's not always the case for everyone—especially if you’re on a tight budget. That said, you can begin by purchasing something small yet substantial like a clutch, wallet, cardholder, or other types of small leather goods that won’t just be stylish but will also be incredibly useful.
To give you an idea, we asked a number of local celebs and influencers what's the best small leather item they've purchased, and we love how their answers ranged from practical to sentimental. Keep on scrolling to find out!
Local Celebs and Influencers Share Their Investment-Worthy Small Leather Goods
1. Andrea Torres
"My [Prada] wallet. It’s the perfect size for me—not too small, not too big. I like that every compartment is spacious but it’s not bulky, and it’s in my favorite color. I’ve had this for quite some time now and it’s still in great condition. Very sturdy. I really take my time when I buy a wallet. I feel like there should be a connection."
2. Bubbles Paraiso
“For me, my favorite small leather item is my 12-year-old pink Prada wallet. I’ve bought other luxury wallets after purchasing this but I realized this is my favorite piece and for it to last more than a decade means it definitely was well worth it!”
3. Carla Abellana
“Definitely my leather wallet and card holders [from Chanel, Gucci, and Prada]. I use them every day since aside from keeping my valuables like cash, credit cards, and ATMs safe, they organize and maintain tidiness, which is very important for me. I don’t find them too expensive since I end up using them for years, even to the point of being so worn out. Talk about ROI.”
4. Divine Lee
“I think what I really love is my [Hermès] Kelly clutch. It's sleek, simple, and can be used for night or day. I actually bought a cheap chain and I attached it to make it like a body bag. With three kids, I can no longer carry big bags.”
5. Mikaela Martinez
“My Chanel zip wallet, which fits in all my bags! I realized I don’t need big wallets [since] they take up so much space and they don't fit into my mini bags. You don't need all that stuff in there. Just cash and a few cards!”
6. Rissa Mananquil Trillo
“My favorite to date is my Chanel Mini Trendy CC clutch with chain. It has all the standard Chanel codes in place, but what sets it apart from other classics is the recognizable gold Chanel-inscribed top plate. The Chanel Trendy CC was released in Spring 2014 and globally sold out immediately. I love how the brand later revamped the Trendy CC into new styles, like the square-shaped mini I scored. It’s perfect when I want to be hands-free while having just my essentials. I got this in 2019 on a trip where I got to explore the pre-loved luxury stores of Japan. Zero regrets buying secondhand because you not only discover hard-to-find pieces but it’s also better for the environment. Buying secondhand used to be a badge of shame but now it’s a point of pride.”
7. Sam Pinto
“Well, my bags are usually tiny and a regular size wallet doesn't fit. This [Chanel card case] just the perfect size for cash and my cards.”
8. Sarah Genove-Yu
“This black Prada Saffiano leather bolo tie. I like how simple the design is. Prada’s classic enamel logo sits on a black triangular Saffiano leather that slides across the leather cords. It’s also in my favorite color—black. I can easily style this with any outfit. It’s unisex too so both my husband [and I] use it.”
9. Shaira Diaz
“You can't go wrong with the classics. This [Gucci Marmont zip bag] is my first ever designer bag and I don't regret rewarding myself with it. Whenever it's around my body, it reminds me of all the sleepless nights and hard work I've put into my career."
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