This month marks a pretty great month at Best Buy: it’s November, so the holiday season is really starting to gear up, and (even better), this is the month that Best Buy is beginning to carry Fossil brand items.

Fossil, known for their watches and leather goods, was founded in 1984 and now boasts more than 400 retail locations worldwide. (Fun fact: the name “Fossil” comes from the nickname that founder Tom Kartosis and his brother, Fossil CEO Kosta Kartosis, had for their father as children.) The brand places a large emphasis on an “American vintage” aesthetic, which can be seen in the handbags, wallets, messenger bags, watch cases, and travel accessories carried at Best Buy.

The Fossil wallet

To me, and many other girls like me, who grew up on small leather goods from Fossil, the Fossil wallet is a bit of an iconic thing. It’s no Birkin bag, but it marks off a beginning: the transition from kids’ PVC and cloth wallets to your first proper teenage/twenty-something wallet. Your first Fossil item, whether it’s the classically-styled Fossil Sydney Leather Phone Wallet in Brown (big enough to hold your iPhone 6) or one of the Fossil Classic Leather Passport Cases (given to you for your first trip without your parents, of course), is going to be something that you’ll keep for years–and it’ll hold up through all of them.

The Estate Collection

One of my favourite things about the Fossil aesthetic is that the range, on the whole, has a fairly unisex design to it. Take the Estate collection, for instance: it was designed for men, but many of the items would look just as cute on a woman. (Men’s bags tend to be larger, however, so always make sure to double-check the sizing of for-him pieces if you’re a petite woman!)

My favourite items from the Estate line are the Fossil Estate Leather 14″ Laptop Messenger Bag in Dark Brown and the Fossil Estate City Bag in Grey. Both are messenger bags with a classic, two-buckle design, and both would pull any look together for either a man or a woman. The Estate Leather Laptop Messenger Bag fits a 14″ laptop and is just the most gorgeous dark brown, and it comes with a padded interior pocket plus two exterior slip pockets on the side, perfect for your phone, metro card, or lip balm. The City Bag, on the other hand, is made from waxed Cavalry twill and stands a little more stout, making it the more casual choice.

The Sydney Collection

Not all women are crazy about the unisex look, however, and Fossil has designed an awesome range of ladies’ items accordingly. The Sydney collection, which you’ll recognize from the Sydney wallet discussed above), has more of a feminine twist to it. It’s not a “girly girl” range, but the bags tend to be a little sleeker than those in the Estate collection.

A great example of this is the new Fossil Sydney Leather Shopper Bag, which is made from smooth black leather and is a step up from most other shopper bags, with ten interior pockets, one exterior slide pocket, and a zipper for the purse’s main pocket. And, with a shopper bag of that size, the Sydney range is perfect for carrying around your other Fossil items, like the Fossil Sydney Leather Bifold Wallet in Brown or your iPhone 6s in its Fossil Kaleido iPhone 6/6s Fitted Soft Shell Case, which has a Matisse-inspired cut-paper pattern and a squishy texture to protect your phone from drops and scrapes.

No matter what Fossil item you choose as your first (or, at least, your first from Best Buy), the line is full of classic pieces that will stand up to the test of time. Check out the full range now.


Rae Chen
Rae Chen covers everything from handbags to speakers here on the Best Buy Plug-in Blog. They can also be found at, where they've been writing about beauty & wellness since 2007.