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I wasn’t really a big wallet kind of person–I used to survive with just a Calvin Klein’s basic black leather men’s wallet and it lasted me 8 years until people decided to give me less manly wallets for birthdays and Christmas. It was then that I was inevitably transformed to a shopping wallet user–that big wallet or “the mommy wallet” as I used to call it, because it’s bursting with rewards cards, membership cards, atm cards and it’s just well, it’s huge. And I can’t trim down because I always feel like I’ll forget something important if I don’t bring everything! But now it’s such a hassle for commuting, (which I find doing more often nowadays since I’ve started training/exercising in the mornings and evenings) because I always have to scramble for the damn thing in an overlarge backpack filled with my stinky workout gear.
Which is why I finally decided to tote a second wallet–a smaller, more convenient one that I can use for commuting, containing just the right amount of small bills and change. Poketo is perfect, although truthfully I was really drawn to it because of the beautiful artwork they feature. And there are several artists! I originally wanted a Louie Cordero because he’s a Filipino artist, but I also loved Jayme McGowan’s designs at first sight. They reminded me of my cousin Mira’s pretty paper tole projects when we were younger, that I’ve still kept to now. So I ended up getting one of Jayme’s:
Jayme McGowan is a California-based artist and illustrator who has been cited for her whimsical three-dimensional work. Building characters and environments out of intricately hand cut paper and glue, she then photographs the staged scene to create images for print. Jayme documents her unique process of 3D illustration on her blog, Roadside Projects.
Since I only took that above photo with my crappy phone camera, here’s a clearer view of the vinyl wallet inside and out. I’ve had it for a couple of months now and it’s pretty durable. I’m not very careful with my wallets, so that’s saying a lot. It has survived the chaos inside my bags and purses.
From their website: “Made of durable vinyl (double layer for extra strength). Contains 3 slots for credit cards, a bill slot, and a change purse. The wallet is 8.5″ x 3.75″ open, but folds perfectly to fit in your pocket (4.25″ x 3.75″). The wallet ships flat but once you fold it, stays folded. All wallets are limited edition and come with a matching pin and bio card of the artist.”
There are other designs if you check out AVA.ph, because Poketo vinyl limited edition wallets are on sale at 30% off there right now. Here are some of my favorites:
Thanks to Gel Caguioa for my lovely Jayme McGowan Poketo wallet. Check out Poketo on Facebook!