Every once in a while, I come across something that's surprisingly nice for its price! This time it's an Aldo wallet. The quality and design is very rare considering its cost!
Aldo Badada Wallet in fuschia and midnight black (available here in many colors)
The most special thing about this wallet is its exterior finish. It closely resembles a beautiful Saffiano leather and does not look or feel cheap the way that bags and wallets in this pricepoint usually do.
Prada invented Saffiano leather, and originally held a patent for this material. Recently, Saffiano leather is one of the hottest leathers out there.
Saffiano leather is a textured leather that has been imprinted in a special crosshatch pattern. It then is finished with a wax coating. What results is a hard leather that is water-proof and truly resistant to wear. Even if the leather gets scratched or scuffed, the crosshatching usually disguises these flaws.
Saffiano leather also happens to look like a sophisticated plastic. This combined with the popularity of this finish has led to many brands in releasing items with this look and finish. Here are some other examples of Saffiano: Prada, Michael Kors, and Guess.
While the Aldo wallet is not designer-level quality and not true leather, it is completely AMAZING for its price. Check it out here.
Ever since I got the Aldo Frattapolesine bag (reviewed here), I've been keeping an eye out on other Saffiano finishes. After purchasing and returning a few disappointing saffiano-finished items from Aldo and elsewhere, I chanced upon this very gratifying Badada wallet.
Aside from the beautiful exterior finish, there are many reasons why I'm sharing this find with you! First off, the style! It's truly classic, with nice pops of gold accents. Second, the quality of the hardware and stitching is very nice considering its cost.
And then there is its functionality and size! It is the perfect size for all the absolute necessary essentials, which for me means, cellphone, money, cards, receipts, coins, and a chapstick. It has proven to be one of the most functional and organized wallets I've ever owned.
I have a side slot for work receipts, and another side slot of personal receipts, an outside pocket for notes and addresses, a separate zippered compartment for cash and coins, two sides for small objects like phone and chapstick, and more card slots than I need! On top of it all, the zip-around design makes this wallet ultra secure.
This wallet has made it so much easier for me to switch handbags. And, I've been loving it so much, that I've been wearing this as a clutch as well.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this rare find.