Minimalist Bifold

$119.00

  • Made to order. Typically ships out in 2-3 weeks.
  • Numerous leather and thread choices available. View the gallery for examples.
  • *Exterior

    *Chèvre Exterior

    French goatskin with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Sherpa Exterior

    French buffalo calf with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Pueblo Exterior

    Italian cowhide with a lightly sueded grain. More information.


    *Vono Exterior

    Japanese cowhide with a glazed aniline finish. More information.


    *Museum Calf Exterior

    Italian calfskin with an aniline finish (+$10). More information.


    *Shell Cordovan Exterior

    Japanese shell cordovan with an aniline finish (Shinki-Hikaku +$55, Leder Ogawa +$65) More information.


    *Sharkskin Exterior

    Japanese sharkskin with a matte or nubuck finish (+$40). More information.


    *Python Exterior

    Japanese tanned python with a soft matte finish (+$45). More information.


    *Other Leather Exterior

    Leathers not part of the main offerings can be selected here. Please make your selection from the drop-down menu.

    Previously discussed leather selection can be entered here.

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    *Interior

    *Chèvre Interior

    French goatskin with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Sherpa Interior

    French buffalo calf with a semi-aniline finish. More information.


    *Pueblo Interior

    Italian cowhide with a lightly sueded grain. More information.


    *Vono Interior

    Japanese cowhide with a glazed aniline finish. More information.


    *Museum Calf Interior

    Italian calfskin with an aniline finish (+$10). More information.


    *Other Leather Interior

    Leathers not part of the main offerings can be selected here. Please make your selection from the drop-down menu.

    Previously discussed leather selection can be entered here.

    If you were quoted a surcharge for this leather, please enter price below.

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    Default accent pockets are the outermost or bottommost pockets on both sides of the wallet. If you wish for different pockets, please add your request to the order notes.


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    *Thread

    Matching thread to the lighter colored leather is generally recommended (except in the case of exotic leathers, where matching the thread to exterior is preferred). For more contrast, consider off-white or gray thread. Note: As item is hand-sewn, thread color will be the same on both exterior and interior.

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    Standard font is limited to capital letters only (max 2 of the same letter). The old style font is smaller, but more expansive allowing for upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols.

    Initials will be stamped in the inner bottom right corner for folding items and in the front bottom right corner for non-folding items, unless specified otherwise. For items with the mini pocket addition, initials will be stamped in the center.

    Please note that foil show may premature wear compared to the rest of the item.

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    Order Notes


Category:

Design & Capacity

  • 3 card pockets
  • 2 hidden pockets
  • Best suited for 3-10 cards + folded cash
  • Slim design is suitable for front pocket carry

Construction

  • Hand sewn using the saddle stitch method
  • All edges are finely creased and polished to a smooth finish
  • Semi-lined

I employ both burnishing and hand painting in my work. I will choose a suitable edge treatment depending on the leathers chosen. If you’d like a specific edge treatment, please add your request to the order notes.

Materials

  • World-class French, Italian, or Japanese leathers (according to above selection)
  • Polyester thread for superior abrasion resistance

Water-based glue is used to glue edges and lining. After edge burnishing or painting is complete, a paraffin beeswax blend is applied. Reinforcement is used with Chèvre Crispé and Sherpa interiors to prevent stretch and reduce bulk.

Dimensions

  • Height: 10.22cm (4.02″)
  • Length (when folded) 7.8cm (3.07″)
  • Thickness (at edge) ~0.76cm (.3″)

Thickness may vary slightly depending on leathers chosen.

Examples

Standard interior configuration.

6 Pocket Configuration (Available under additional options) Shown in blue Sherpa and matching thread

Interior in tobacco Pueblo and dark brown thread

Shown in black Chèvre, ortensia Pueblo, and turquoise thread.

Wallet is shown first empty, followed by with 6 cards & 2 American bills. Wallet is wide enough to accommodate half-folded bills up to ~74mm tall (USD are ~66mm).

The default interior was updated in September 2020. This photo shows the old layout. If you’d prefer the old layout, please add your request to the order notes.

Additional information

Weight190 g
Dimensions18.5 × 11 × 5 cm
Exterior

Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Natural, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Blue, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Green, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Plum, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Taupe, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Natural, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Whiskey, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Chestnut, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Dark Brown, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Burgundy, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Black, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Orange, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Red, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Cognac, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Tobacco, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Violet, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Olive, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Green, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Ortensia, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Denim, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Navy, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Yellow, Conceria Bretagna Art Deco – Dark Red

Interior

Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Natural, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Blue, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Green, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Plum, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Taupe, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Natural, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Whiskey, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Chestnut, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Dark Brown, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Burgundy, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Black, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Orange, Conceria Walpier Buttero – Red, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Cognac, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Tobacco, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Violet, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Olive, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Ortensia, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Denim, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Navy, Badalassi Carlo Pueblo – Yellow, Conceria Bretagna Art Deco – Dark Red

Thread

Off-white, Beige, Tan, Ochre, Brown, Dark Brown, Yellow, Golden Yellow, Orange, Red, Dark Red, Burgundy, Green, Olive, Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, Navy, Gray, Black

How it's made

Here’s how we make our minimalist bifold.We use traditional techniques with leather from some of the highest regarded tanneries in the world to produce an item that is built to last for many years and age beautifully.Below, I’m using Pueblo from the Badalassi Carlo tannery in Italy. It’s a vegetable tanned leather that has a slightly roughed up surface that gives it its distinctive, vintage look. These fibers will compact over time, giving it a great looking sheen.These are the hand tools I’ll be using in making the wallet.
Leather is selected and pieces are cut. The exterior is the ortensia color, a stunning blue-green, and the interior is the cognac color.
The “T-slot” is thinned down with a French edger to reduce bulk.
Pockets are creased.
Edges are beveled and burnished.Bevelling removes a thin strip of leather, rounding the edge.Burnishing is a process of using friction to compact the fibers. It’s only possible to burnish vegetable tanned leather. Pueblo burnishes beautifully, becoming quite glassy.I use water, CMC, and mill wax in the edge finishing. Varying grits of sandpaper are also essential in achieving a super smooth edge.
Pockets are glued to panels.
T-slot is sewn to panel.
Pocket is glued beneath T-slot, and left side is trimmed. Trimming provides a perfectly smooth edge, which will greatly aid in edge finishing.
Pocket is sewn on. The edge is then creased, beveled, and burnished as before.
Lining is glued to body.
Panels are glued on to body, and the wallet is trimmed to size.
Stitching holes are made.
Wallet is saddle stitched. Saddle stitching is a method of using two needles to achieve a very strong stitch that won’t unravel if a thread is cut.
Outer edges are creased, beveled, and burnished.
The wallet is finished.
Thanks for taking a look at our build process!

Compare Wallets

ProductCard CapacityCash CapacityFront Pocket FriendlyPrice
3 Pocket Minimalist Wallet5~5 folded billsYes$65.00
5 Pocket Minimalist Wallet7~5 folded billsYes$79.00
Compact Wallet10~10 folded billsYes$115.00
Minimalist Bifold12~10 folded billsYes$109.00
Vertical Bifold12~10 folded billsYes$129.00
Money Clip Wallet12~30 billsYes$129.00
Modern Bifold14~20 billsBorderline$149.00
Classic Bifold14~30 billsNo$169.00
Long Wallet12+~50 billsNo$219.00

Listed capacities are a rough guide to help you choose a suitable wallet. If no wallet suits your desired carry, I’d be happy to discuss making a custom wallet for you. If you need further recommendations, feel free to contact me.

Note: Cards and cash compete for space in many of the wallet designs, so carrying at or near capacity for both cards and cash simultaneously won’t be possible.

Customer Reviews

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Leon Kotlyar

Minimalist Bifold

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Chris L.
Excellent Wallet

Had a really great experience purchasing a wallet from Silas. Would recommend messaging him if you are trying to decide between different color schemes and he'll be able to provide some add'l photos and point you in the right direction. Additionally, his communication is quick and he keeps you informed throughout the process so you know when to expect your product. You can definitely feel the quality of the wallet and leather once you receive it. Will 100% be buying from Silas again in the future.

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J.P.
Beautiful Shell Cordovan Wallet with a Lot of Attention to Detail

THE SHORT VERSION: This is my first shell cordovan wallet and I’m very happy with the beautiful minimalist bifold I received from Silas. He is an awesome leather artisan and I’m very impressed with the quality of his work and his attention to detail.

SHIPPING/BOX: After being shipped from Taiwan, I was provided a tracking number and the wallet arrived to California in about a week. It arrived in a black outer box sealed with a custom LEATHERBOUND sticker. Even the edges of the box were neatly sealed with strips of clear tape for more security on its voyage here. Upon opening the outer box (Ok, I ripped it open), an inner black gift box housed a custom gray pouch emblazoned with the LEATHERBOUND name. The pull strings on the pouch were of a soft silky material and were adorned with two wooden beads to cinch the pouch shut. I’m impressed already.

WALLET: The outer cordovan shell is blue in color and is from Leder Ogawa (Google them as it’s an interesting read). It is a smooth leather with an even dye. If I had to describe the blue, it would be like a combination of a navy and an electric blue. It may depend on the lighting on which hue you see. In terms of feel, honestly, as this is my first shell cordovan wallet, I wouldn’t be able to tell from feeling it that is comes from a horse. I’m sure with time it will break in nicely and will develop a nice patina. Both sides of the outer wallet has very detailed white stitching which is nice and tight. It appears that there was some beveling done so the stitching lays flatter into the leather. When searching for shell cordovan wallets, I compared the details of stitching to that of Silas’, and when doing so, you’ll notice the premium quality of Silas’ work. The outer edges of the wallet are treated to a smooth glass like finish joining the different layers of leather perfectly. Another way to describe it like running your fingers on a smooth piece of lacquered wood.

The inner wallet is a natural brown color from Badalassi Carlo, which is an Italian veg tan leather. When seeing the color online, I felt that it was a perfect color combination for the Leder Ogawa blue. The inner leather has a slightly rougher feel to it. It’s still smooth, but I only say slightly rougher when you’re comparing it to the outer shell cordovan. Again, the white stitching for the inner wallet is well done, including where the stitching meets in the corners. It’s hard to describe but the individual stitching has almost an angled pattern to it, which I love.

The card pockets are nicely done with nice trim detail (beveling) on the edges of the pockets. This is a detail that I rarely found when I was browsing other shell cordovan wallets. It’s a subtle detail that is noticed and greatly appreciated.

Within one of the pockets was a black LEATHERBOUND heavy stock business card with the writing in an elegant gold foil. On the back, Silas hand wrote a personal message thanking me for my purchase. I much prefer this thoughtful gesture than other online purchases I’ve made that only included a printed receipt of my order.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of leather and the workmanship. I have no doubt that this wallet will last me a long time and I plan on using it as my every day carry to develop a nice patina. Admittedly, I haven’t used it yet because I still want to enjoy the newness and that leather smell. ☺

HOW I FOUND LEATHERBOUND: I was searching for cordovan wallets for a few weeks and I didn’t want to spend too much for my first one. I compared wallets on many different sites focusing mostly on a handmade option from a non chain store. Interestingly, I came across LEATHBOUND.INK on Reddit of all places. I saw his work and when visiting his website, I liked how I could see detailed pictures of his craftsmanship and I probably watched his Youtube videos several dozen times.

My current or soon to be former every day carry wallet is an epi leather bifold from a luxury brand store. As it was a gift from my fiancée, I didn’t want to wear down the leather too much so I wanted to find an alternative. My wallet before that was a handmade Horween Chomexcel three slot wallet that started to develop a nice patina in the four years I used it. That wallet though was too thick because of the type of leather and so this shell cordovan is a perfect blend of elegance, pocketabilty (I’m sure that’s a real word), durability, and patina potential. To me, this wallet is versatile enough to go casually with jeans or dressed up in slacks. I’m looking forward to using this wallet after I get a few more new leather sniffs in. Thanks again Silas!

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Jay I.
Minimalist Bifold Wallet A+++

I stumbled on Leatherbound by chance and was taken captive on the various materials/colours of leather that were available to choose from. Silas was wonderful to talk to. He would answer questions quickly and would be acceptable to provide any changes on your wallet as you like. The construction and quality of the leather of the wallet to the stitching and burnishing of the edges were the best I have ever seen. It’s an amazingly constructed wallet that will last me a life time. I will definitely purchase more wallets in the future. Thanks Silas.

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Kenny Tan
The Blue Shell Cordovan is stunning

I've had the wallet for roughly 3-4 weeks now, and I'm absolutely in love with it.

The Good:
The blue shell cordovan is super smooth and reveals a more "electric blue" palette when exposed to natural sunlight.The craftsmanship is clean, and I love how Silas spliced/grafted the interior leather so that the edges are seamless.
He also accommodated my request to make the right-hand pockets slanted instead of the straight design he showcases on the website.

The Nitpicks:
Shipping time from Taiwan to the US West Coast was average (~2 weeks), but I imagine it'd be faster without the global crisis going on. If there's one thing I'd change, it'd be the thickness of the interior leather (I chose Buttero/Dakota). It's a little thinner than expected, but then again I have no prior experience with quality leather.

Reach out to Silas if you're ever in doubt, and I'm sure he'll take care of you from the initial inquiries/quote to you receiving the product in hand.