Wallets that Fit the (Vegan) Bill
Generally speaking, wallets aren’t known for their sex appeal, and maybe that’s smart design; make something less flashy and eye-catching, and the less probable it is that a thief will yank it out of your hand at the ATM. Pushing paranoia aside, I embarked on a quest for something to secure my cash that’s stylish, functional, leather-free, and well-made. Happily, I found a handful of money-holders that fit the bill(s). These designs are cruelty-free, gender neutral, and don’t require you to empty the wallet you currently carry to pay for your new one.
Matt & Nat
The folks at Matt & Nat have been making leathery-looking non-leather bags, wallets, and purses for years, and they’re pretty good at what they do. I love this cork coin purse with its hidden credit card slot. It’s the perfect size for a night out on the town when you don’t want to lug a lot of weight around. http://www.mattandnat.com
These wallets are created in the hipster epicenter of the universe: Brooklyn, New York. Of course they’re vegan. Of course they’re slightly ironic. Of course they’re made with alt materials (high-tech Tyvek) and are partially recycled. My favorite is the luscious PB&J design. Yours? http://www.dynomighty.com
Used Rubber, USA
All of the wallets made by Used Rubber are made from—yep, you guessed it—used rubber; specifically, the innertubes of past-their-prime tires. Functional and sturdy, these all-black numbers have cool cred and made-in-America quality. http://www.usedrubberusa.com
My current wallet is vintage Whiting & Davis, who’ve been making fabric-and-mesh bags and wallets since the 1800s. It’s got pizzazz, plenty of room for coins and bills, and even space for a few credits cards. Scout your local thrift store or online vintage vendor for your own functional relic.
ABOUT AURELIA D’ANDREA
Veg fashion blogger Aurelia d’Andrea has devoted a disproportionately large portion of her life to scouring thrift stores, vintage boutiques, and flea markets in search of sartorial treasures, and has a closet full of frocks to prove her passion for the hunt. Going veg taught her to sharpen her style skills, and confirmed what she’d suspected all along: It really is possible to develop a fashionable point of view and keep your ethics intact, too. She lives in Paris where she blogs (My Vegan Parisian Aventure), writes books (Moon Living Abroad in France), and eats way too many carbs.