Monday, January 28, 2008

what i want today: cole haan genevieve wallet

i dropped in to the new cole haan boutique in my 'hood yesterday, and i was actually pretty pleasantly surprised. they've really updated their style - the new store design is sleek and modern, and they have the goods to match.

my absolute favorite, though, was this woven wallet from their newest handbag collection, genevieve (also a pleasant step forward for cole haan, whose bags have never really thriled me). i love the zip wallet style, because if it's done properly, it allows me to stash my cell phone and a lip balm inside, and use the wallet as an impromptu clutch. it also allows for oodles of credit card space, which i desperately need (16 slots in this case).

i love the braided leather, which they've managed to make even more special by incorporating a very subtle pattern. it's reminiscent of the signature styles from certain uber-luxe fashion house (though granted, the leather quality doesn't even begin to compare), but i won't be nearly as scared about ruining this one.

i liked the saddle color best, as i think you lose the subtle beauty of this wallet with the too-flashy gold metallic. the marigold was lovely too, but light colored wallets always make me paranoid. you can pick it up at cole haan for $175.