Minimalist Bifold

$139.00

  • Made to order. Approximate lead time displayed here.
  • Numerous leather and thread choices available. View recommendations here or browse the gallery for further inspiration.
  • *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.

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

    *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.

    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.


    Accent Pocket Color?

    What color would you like?

    Please summarize discussed customization.

    Please enter quoted customization cost.

    *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.

    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.

    Please upload black-and-white JPG. Highly complex images will not be possible. Clearly defined lines work best. Alternatively, feel free to email the image to sales@leatherbound.ink at a later date.

    Order Notes


SKU: Categories: Wallets

Design & Capacity

  • 4 card pockets
  • 2 hidden pockets
  • Optional rear and mini pockets
  • Best suited for 3-10 cards
  • Super slim design is suitable for front pocket carry

The mini pocket is best used to store folded cash, small membership cards, tickets, etc.

This is the extra compact version of the vertical bifold — it’s a little shorter and narrower and has one less card pocket.

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) 7cm (2.76″)
  • Thickness (at edge) ~0.76cm (.3″)

Thickness may vary slightly depending on leathers chosen.

Examples

Red Vono Interior

Black Sherpa Exterior

 

Painted edges

 

Weight 190 g
Dimensions 18.5 × 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

Customer Reviews

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Grant Harmon
Japanese veg tan minimalist bifold

Second order from Leatherbound. Great options for leathers.. after a quick consult with Silas we had it dialed in. A few weeks later my high quality leather wallet arrived. Craftsmanship even better than two years ago… experience matters! Very happy with my purchase.. saving my first commissioned Leather-bound wallet for my son when he’s older.. definitely a buy it for life sort of product/quality.

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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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