For most, a first foray into the luxury landscape begins with a handbag.
Simply put, accessories—namely purses, sunglasses and bags—prove the most accessible point for many style savants to dip their toes into the world of designer buys.
Serving one of the longest sartorial lifespans in our wardrobes, a handbag will typically get more wear and stand the test of time (and trends) more so than a dress or jeans.
Just look to fashion’s flip from banishing the skinny jeans to brands like Celine and Diesel resurrecting the style the very next year on their runways, and you’ll know what we mean.
So, when we say handbags are one of the most worthy investments you can make, sartorially speaking, we mean it.
Even still, the price tag attached to a luxury bag isn’t to be downplayed. In fact, recent price hikes across the luxury board have seen many coveted accessories slip from out of budgets and out of reach.
In 2021 alone, Chanel increased the price of its Medium Flap Bag not once, not twice, but three times, to increase its RRP by a stifling $2,000 by the end of the year.
As a result, some designer devotees turned their attention instead to wallets. A recent TikTok trend saw some savvy shoppers opt for a large wallet (big enough to house your card holder and phone) before attaching their own look-alike chain, effectively turning the accessory into a mini bag.
Most of the major luxury houses offer larger purses and chain wallets that can double as mini handbags and the perfect evening accessory, making it the perfect option for to bring a designer item into your wardrobe for less.
Scroll on for our picks of the best designer chain wallets to buy this season.
The Best Designer Wallet On Chain
Gucci Diana Mini Bag With Bamboo, $1,715 at GUCCI
Lady Dior Top Handle Clutch, $3,700 at DIOR
Baguette Continental Wallet With Chain, $1,650 at FENDI
VLogo Signature Grainy Calfskin Pouch With Chain, $1,820 at Valentino
Saint Laurent Uptown Chain Wallet In Crocodile Embossed Shiny Leather, $2,233 at COSETTE
Versace Vitrus Quilted Clutch Bag, $2,140 at FARFETCH
Bottega Veneta Wallet On Strap, $1,795 at Parlour X