These Wallets Look Like a Million Dollars
Wallets have been around since the 1600s, when paper currency began to replace the clunkier coin, rendering larger pouches or purses unnecessary.
Today they're produced in a myriad of styles, colors and materials, so it's easy to find one you'll enjoy almost as much as what's inside it.
If you're looking for a wallet that is a piece of art, check out Kelly Lyon's gemstone-embedded collection.
Lyons, 40, has a background in jewelry. She started designing belt buckles a year ago, but when she couldn't find the right straps to go on the buckles, she started searching for leather. "I said, this [leather] would make a great handbag, which led to my designing wallets," Lyons explains.
Her blend of precious stone and leather makes for unique pieces: One Western-inspired standout ($400, pictured above) is made of black buffalo bull hide accented with red brindle cow hide, and features a hunk of turquoise. It has a place for credit cards and change and room for a checkbook.Lyons designs a number of custom pieces ($75 to $600), in leathers ranging from alligator and ostrich to crocodile. "I don't like to use run-of-the-mill materials," says Lyons. Even the hardware is hand-fabricated from precious metals, incorporating Lyon's experience as a master jeweler.
Traditional EleganceIf a traditional wallet is more your taste, accessory king Coach (COH) has plenty of offerings. The chelsea signature checkbook wallet ($230) features the classic Coach print on jacquard fabric with leather trim, and has ample room for bills, cards and checkbook.
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