I was on the hunt for the perfect large wallet for nearly a year and I was considering buying the Louis Vuitton Emilie wallet, but I wasn’t convinced that it was the best value for money especially after the last price increase a few months ago. So after a lot of research (probably way too much) I decided to get the Mulberry Cheyne wallet instead and now that I have been using it every day for over a month, I wanted to share my thoughts about it.
I have to start with the fact that this is a luxury wallet and although it isn’t as expensive as some other designer wallets, it is still a lot of money and you can find a lot more affordable options on the high street. I was in the market for a practical, well-made leather wallet and I fell in love with the design and functionality of this one, plus I was lucky to find it on sale on the Mulberry website, so I couldn’t resist it. Mine is in the black polished croc embossed leather which unfortunately seems to be sold out online. The new collection comes in smooth calf leather which is also gorgeous.
I love the signature lock on this wallet. I find the clasp closure a lot more secure than a popper or a zip. The layout is perfect for someone like me who is trying to keep everything organised. It has 12 card slots, two main compartments, one zipped coin compartment and two slip pockets for notes and receipts, all lined in soft, smooth leather. There is also one external slip pocket which is great for a travel card or a payment card that you need an easy access to. You can keep up to three cards in this pocket without stretching it, while the internal card slots are very tight and can only hold one card each. The zip is very smooth and beautifully made and I like that it doesn’t have a leather pull.
The large size of this wallet means that I can fit all of my cards, cash and receipts in it, which is exactly what I wanted, however it can get quite heavy and add significant weight to my handbag, so I try not keep it too full. The exact dimensions are 10cm height x 19cm width x 2cm depth. I expected the polished leather to be prone to scratching and I have noticed a few small scratches already, but nothing too major and it doesn’t bother me, as I use it every single day and I know that it’s going to show some signs of wear and tear eventually. The brass-finish hardware is still looking perfect.
Overall, this is a very beautiful and practical wallet and one of the slightly less expensive designer options. It is all leather, so a little bit heavier, but better value for money than the canvas wallets. I went for the classic black, but the oxblood colour is also stunning or the black and bright orange if you want something a bit more fun.