I love smaller wallets as I usually only have a few bills and a couple of cards. The Saint Laurent Fragment Zipped Card Case ($385 CAD) allows me to be even more minimalistic and is perfect if you have a small bag. Today I’ll share with you some photos, what the card holder can fit, and also how it wore after 1 year of use.
Saint Laurent Fragment Zipped Card Case
The cardholder you might know from Saint Laurent is their monogram card case. It comes in a variety of colors and has the classic YSL logo down the middle. However, the sale associates told me that it wasn’t as easy to use and suggested the 5 card holder with a zipper instead. There are still a large variety of colors to choose from and also textures as well. I went with “Fog” which is a silver/grey and has a silver font for the logo.
Aesthetically, this one is a lot more understated. From a glance, it could be from any brand. However, I do like all the functionalities and it fits my lifestyle perfect. There are 5 card slots and I currently use 3 consistently. There is also a zipper on top and I can fit a couple bills and loose coins inside. Although I don’t own the YSL Monogram Card Holder, I think that one is definitely more for the looks and less practical as it doesn’t allow you to carry any cash or coins.
What it Fits
All these items were in my wallet on the day I took this photo. It’s pretty representative of what I would carry on a daily basis. My bills are folded very messily as Canadian bills do not fit in very well inside (I’ll show you in a bit). With this amount of stuff inside, I don’t find an issue with the zipper at all or trying to take cards in and out of the slots. I have had an occasion where I had too many bills and the zipper got stuck. So you still won’t be able to carry a ton of cash. In the photo below, you can see that with all the bills and coins inside, the wallet bulges. But I am pleased that after one year of use, if I remove all the items, the wallet holder still lays flat.
The one issue I have with this wallet is that it does not fit Canadian bills very well! It doesn’t fit width wise and it also doesn’t fit length wise when you fold in half. If you fold it in half again, then the bill starts getting thick and makes the wallet bulge even more. So the first photo below is the Canadian $20 lying flat underneath the wallet.
Next, it’s normal to try and fold the bill in half. But it is just a tad bigger than the wallet! So if you tried to fit this in, then the zipper would get caught. Therefore, I would usually fold it one more time which is why the bills look so crumpled in my original photo.
One Year Use and Review
Overall, I thought this wallet was very functional and met all of my day to day needs. It is better suited for someone with a more understated aesthetic as you are paying designer price tag for essentially no logo. The YSL Monogram card case still makes my heart beat though so I may have to pick it up on sale one of these days (Usually SSENSE will have these on sale twice a year). The quality has been superb especially since I have used it every day for over a year!
First off, you’ll notice that the stitching is very even and straight all throughout. There were no loose threads when I received it and there are no loose threads a year later.
The sales associate also mentioned that the grained leather is much more resistant to scratches and damages compared to the smooth leather options they have. Although I think the black smooth leather looks amazing, it is really nice not having to worry about what in your bag might scratch your wallet. I’m happy to report that I don’t have any damages to the leather at all! As you can see, the grained leather still looks supple and radiant!
The part of the wallet that has shown wear is on the cloth supporting the zipper and on the top corner. I’m not sure why only one corner has damage but it is a slight fraying of the “glue” piping. The the top corner with the zipper pull has no damage.
The only other wear you can see in this wallet is the pilling from the cloth part of the zipper. The leather definitely held up better and the pilling gives away it’s age. But without a zoomed in close up, you can hardly tell that the YSL Fragment Card Holder has been used at all!
I’m really happy with how the quality has held up after one year of use! Other than the small issues I mentioned, the wallet still looks new! It’s also been very functional as well, so I’d definitely recommend this if you want a classic durable mini wallet. If you enjoy my one year use reviews, don’t miss my posts on the Gucci Marmont Camera Bag, Tiffany & Co Loving Heart Pendant, and the Rudsak Tisha Leather Jacket!
Shop for YSL Fragments Zipped Card Case
You can find these items on Saint Laurent’s official website and boutiques. Additionally, I’ve linked some retailers that stock the YSL Fragments Zipped Card Case as well as the YSL Monogram Card Holder. Happy shopping!