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Ferragamo Miss Vara Clutch Wallet Review

I love multi-functional bags. To me, a versatile bag with multiple uses / looks make the cost of the bag more justifiable. I have wanted a wallet on a chain for a while and narrowed it down to Ferragamo Miss Vara Clutch wallet and the Prada wallet on a chain. Since my brother was in Florence for a school trip, had to take advantage of the great US to Euro exchange rate and the VAT returns!

My brother sent me various pictures of the color options and we decided on the black, gold trimmed clutch wallet. (Note: T-Mobile users, text and data are free in Italy!) Unfortunately once I saw the wallet, the gold trimming was too “much”. I ended up exchanging for the standard clutch wallet in a Ferragamo store in the US. This is more of an everyday, casual bag that is classic and I can see myself using when I am 50 years old (although I hope that day takes its sweet time to come).

1. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_All Black vs. Gold

Okay enough of the background story, hopefully this review / discussion will be helpful if you are looking for a clutch wallet or considering this bag!

Details on the Bag:

  • 7 card slots
  • Two bill compartments
  • One large compartment secured with a buckle
  • One internal back pocket
  • One detachable gold chain

2. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Front

4. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Interior

3. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Front 2 5. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Internal Pocket6. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Backview

Pros

  • Saffiano leather is extremely durable and scratch resistant
  • Multiple ways to wear the clutch and can be used as a wallet with a bigger bag (reference pictures below)
  • The simple design makes this bag classic and elegant
  • There is a “puff” to the leather giving it a slight beautiful shine
  • Elastic material on the Vara bow is holding up (no fuzzing up or dis-figuring)
  • The large compartment is super useful! I have a pack of tissues, a mini Altoids mint, Nivea lip balm, random reward cards and sometimes a lipstick or my keys
  • Bag is appropriate day and night!
  • Light-weight and very convenient

Cons

  • Limited color / hardware selection (this bag is relatively new, as its popularity increases, I expect the color selection to increase as well!)
  • No coin compartment (although I could use the large compartment for coins, it would be noisy and some coins might sneak out)
  • The small gold plate between the Vara bow is scratchable (I currently have a minor scratch but it is not as scratchable as the LV gold plates)
  • The large compartment with snap closure is often off by a little so I have to hold the top and bottom of the bag, match the buckles then snap it shut (note, this could only be my bag!)

Five Different Ways to Wear Miss Vara Clutch Wallet:

1. Crossbody – This is my favorite way to wear this bag. It is my go-to style in the winter when I have a large coat and would like to keep my hands warm in my coat pockets!

7. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Cross Body

2. Over the Shoulder, Single Loop – Without the single loop, the bag would sit low when I wear it over the shoulder, so I wrap the gold strap around the flap one time. This creates the perfect length and I love the look of the additional gold strap on top of the bag, perfect with a casual summer outfit!

8. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Over the Shoulder, Single Loop

3. Hand Held / Over the Shoulder, Double Strap – This bag can be worn with a double strap by making one loop over the flap and pulling the two straps so it is the same length.

9. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Handheld, Double Strap10. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Over the Shoulder, Double Strap

4. Wallet – Of course, the gold strap can be removed or stored in the internal back pocket so you can use it as a wallet.

11. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet_Wallet

5. Clutch, Triple Strap – My cousin’s wedding is in a month and I plan to wear the clutch with the triple gold strap. A very elegant style in my opinion!

12. Clutch Triple Strap

I adore this bag so so much. It will be a fabulous travel bag, I can put my passport and other travel documents in the large compartment. It is also a carefree weekend shopping / grocery run bag, both of your hands will be free to carry other items.

 

Thoughts on bag comparisons:

Miss Vara Clutch Wallet vs. Miss Vara Flap Bag

13. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet vs. Flap Bag

I have been considering the Miss Vara flap bag for a couple of years before the clutch wallet became available. Between these two, here are four simple reasons why I picked the Miss Vara Clutch Wallet:

  1. Design: I prefer the “rectangular” side profile of the clutch wallet over flap bag’s “trapezoidal” shape. Also I prefer the flap of the clutch wallet covering the full base rather than the flap bag’s three-quarters way. Overall, I think the clutch wallet has a more sleek and “clean” look.
  2. Functionality: Although you can use flap bag in multiple ways as well, I really like the ability for the clutch wallet to simply be a wallet for every day use (however, if you need to carry around more items, the flap bag might be the better option).
  3. Craftmanship: The biggest turnoff for the flap bag is the glue on the edges of the bags. It’s just not done well enough and diminishes the beauty of the bag (in my opinion). On the other hand, the leather on the clutch wallet is either folded or sewn, resulting in much cleaner lines.
  4. Inside Material: The clutch wallet is mostly leather on the inside, with the exception of the back pocket’s cloth lining. The flap bag is mostly cloth-lined inside (often unattractive lining colors).

Overall, I think the clutch wallet is a better looking bag and more functional. However, the color selection, size and magnetic closure of the flap bag could make it more fitting for others. Of course, I have been lusting over the Miss Vara flap bag for years so I like the bag too (just the clutch wallet more!)

Ferragamo Miss Vara Clutch Wallet vs. Prada Wallet on a Chain14. Miss Vara Clutch Wallet vs. Prada WOC

This decision was much harder. Both bags are made of saffiano leather, which fits the durability I was seeking. I love the thinness of the Prada wallet on chain and wanted the pink color! However, the double snap closure turned me off (yes I can be very lazy). Additionally, I already owned a Prada bag and wanted to have a Ferragamo in my collection. Plus, I have heard Ferragamo bags are better built than Prada bags. Also, have also been stalking the Prada WOC for a couple of years and when I first considered the bag a couple years back, the price was ~$650 and now, the price is $830!!! I just can’t get over the annoying thought of having to pay almost $200 extra for the same bag!

I do have to confess though…the pink Prada is still calling for me. I love the thinness and color of the wallet but I will likely buy the wallet instead of the WOC.

 

Apologies for this long post! I read every word of blogs and PurseForm reviews before I purchase any bag so I try to be as comprehensive as possible. If anyone has any questions or comments, please let me know!

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Elly May 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Can you tell me how you shorten your chain bag? That chain is too long for me

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits May 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Elly, I basically wrap the chain around the wallet flap to shorten it. It can get annoying if you have to open and close your bag often, you would have to hold the bag in your hand so the chain doesn’t unwrap when you open the wallet. Hope that makes sense, happy to send you a picture if it’s unclear!

  • Reply PrivateUniverse November 14, 2016 at 4:53 am

    Hello

    Thank you for your great review. I have been eyeing on this very same wallet for over a year. Because of your post, I finally can make up my mind. I just purchased this wallet and I cannot wait to hold it!!!

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits November 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Awww thanks for your kind words! I really love the Miss Vara WOC and hope you will enjoys yours just as much!

  • Reply Yasz March 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hi,

    It’s been a year since your post. I was wondering if you’re still using the bag? Is it convenient to use daily as a wallet?

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits March 9, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Yes I am still using this bag constantly! Although in the winter, it is mostly used as a cross body rather than a wallet.

      As a wallet, it is convenient especially if you need to grab lunch / drinks and don’t want to bring your whole bag. For example, sometimes when I use it as a wallet and run out to grab lunch then have trouble holding both the wallet and my lunch, I will pull out the chain and use it as a cross-body which frees up my hands. This is the best part of having a WOC! Although I do wish the wallet was slightly thinner that way it fits in smaller bags but at the same time when I use the bag as a cross body I like the additional room the expandable middle compartment offers. Hope this helps!

  • Reply Melody September 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Hi! I’m considering buying this WOC as well and your detailed review is really really helpful! I was wondering if this clutch comes with a serial number as other Ferragamo handbags? Thanks a lot!

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits September 17, 2015 at 1:24 am

      Hi Melody! Thanks for reading the review. I just thoroughly searched the WOC and I couldn’t find a tag with a serial number. The bag come with a card a bunch of numbers (Style, Pid, bar codes and some other numbers) but besides those, no numbers on the bag that I can find.

      • Reply Melody September 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        Thanks a lot! I think the one with gold trim is very unique as well! But I do agree with you – it does look a little bit too much. Thanks for sharing your review again!

        • Happy Pursuits
          Reply Happy Pursuits October 8, 2015 at 1:21 am

          Hi Melody, I was using my wallet today and noticed inside the second bill compartment, there is actually a stamped number which matches the style number on the card that came with the bag, hope this helps!

  • Reply wein wong August 7, 2015 at 6:06 am

    can I ask for how tall you are? thank you

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits August 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Hi, I am 5’2″!

  • Reply Áine Rain July 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Omg i totally needed your review, i am eyeing on this clutch for ages but you seem to be one of the online-reviewers that has the gold-hardware one.
    Thanks a lot for your review, i think i’m going to order one soon!
    I also love how you’ve been creative with the strap! love it!

    Keep it up!
    Áine

    • Happy Pursuits
      Reply Happy Pursuits July 21, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Hi Áine, I’m glad you found the review helpful! Hope you enjoy your new bag =D

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