We can all agree on this: Whenever we invest in a designer piece, we aim to get maximum wear out of it. After all, what a waste it would be to have splurged on a gorgeous handbag, only to let it sit in a dark closet for months! We’re telling you now that small leather goods are some of the best luxury items to invest in. The reason is simple: You can have five to ten handbags on rotation, but it’s very rare to swap cardholders within a week. In fact, you can last years using a single cardholder.
Following this logic of chasing maximum use, it’s only fitting to treat yourself to a high-quality cardholder, since you’ll be using it literally every day. This makes it one of the most practical and worthwhile fashion investments. Here, we round up ten cardholders that are practical, no-nonsense, and timelessly chic. No bold designs here—our goal is to find you something that will transcend fads, and might even be something you can pass down, decades from now. Take a look.
10 Timeless, Classic Luxury Cardholders That Will Last You a Lifetime
1. Chanel Classic Card Holder
If you’re planning to get your hands on a Chanel piece, make sure the iconic CC monogram is there, front-and-center. This cardholder has it in silver hardware, which is cool and youthful. The buttery lambskin comes in a deep ebony shade, which is perfect for a cardholder—it won’t stand out in your bag and become visible to pickpocketters.
Classic Card Holder in black lambskin, £410, (approximately P27,623), CHANEL
2. Dior Travel Detachable Card Holder
Dior's jungly toile print is too iconic to be kitschy. This compact zippered card case may be a bit more of a statement than the others, but it's still undeniably classic. The navy hue is muted, and the technical fabric is guaranteed to be durable and long-lasting.
Travel Detachable Card Holder in Blue Toile de Jouy Technical Fabric, $610 (approximately P29,613), DIOR
3. Saint Laurent Monogram Fragments Zippered Card Case
There's no denying that the Saint Laurent monogram is one of the daintiest out there. The way the letters clasp around one another is so delicate and sleek. Lastly, the gold hardware looks so lovely against the embossed leather.
Monogram Fragments Zippered Card Case in Grain de Poudre Embossed Leather, 310 CHF (approximately P16,404), YVES SAINT LAURENT
4. Miu Miu Matelasse Nappa Leather Credit Card Holder
Miu Miu proudly skews quirky, so if you're set on copping something from the brand, the most versatile piece you'll find is this cool silver piece in nappa leather. If you're a silver girl and like to stack silver accessories, this is the cardholder for you!
Miu Miu Matelasse Nappa Leather Credit Card Holder, $295, (approximately P14,321), MIU MIU
5. Louis Vuitton Card Holder Recto Verso
Yield to logomania with this elegant Louis Vuitton cardholder. Thanks to the dual tones, you'll be able to pair this with both tan and dark brown handbags. The gold hardware is subtle and elegant—perfect for more mature dressers.
Card Holder Recto Verso in Monogram, $590, (approximately P28,642), LOUIS VUITTON
6. Gucci Horsebit 1955 Card Case
Not a fan of the distinctive red and green Gucci stripe? No worries—you can still have the horsebit, another iconic Gucci detail. Here, it appears on a neatly stitched oval, which hearkens to Gucci's monogram print. Such a classy design!
Horsebit 1955 card case wallet in white leather, $490, (approximately P23,787), GUCCI
7. Bottega Veneta Business Card Case
Luxury house Bottega Veneta is known for being completely logoless. You won't find any Bottega Veneta monogram on their items, but a trained pair of eyes will be able to spot the trademark intrecciato weave. The lovely taupe color of this cardholder is certainly timeless—you'll want to purchase a bag and heels to go with it!
Business Card Case in Taupe, $370, (approximately P18,010), BOTTEGA VENETA
8. Burberry Vintage Check and Leather Card Case with Strap
Looking for a smart, charming card case? Burberry's envelope-shaped cardholders might be the ones for you. They feature the brand's signature scottish cage print as well as sleek leather flaps. Red stitching makes an appearance on the one with brown leather, while the other features beige stitching.
Vintage Check and Leather Card Case with Strap, $510, (approximately P24,758), BURBERRY
9. Loewe Accordion Cardholder
One of Loewe's standout qualities is their fascination with geometry. The Puzzle Bag, a cult classic from the brand, is a subtle play on angular shapes. Similary, the Accordion cardholder is simple yet fun, due to its dynamic construction.
Accordion Cardholder in soft grained calfskin in rosemary/tan or light oat/honey, P24,100, LOEWE
10. Balenciaga Women's Cash Card Holder
Here's an elegant cardholder that still reflects Balenciaga's hip aesthetic. The glossy green croc skin is a welcome departure from black, but the shade is deep enough to pass as a neutral. The white logo text, too, is tasteful and chic.
Women's Cash Card Holder in Forest Green, $250, (approximately P12,169), BALENCIAGA
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