Modern Bifold

$149.00

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

    Need help choosing leather? Read this.

    Chèvre Crispé is a semi-aniline vegetable tanned goatskin from French tannery, Relma. Beautiful texture and vibrant colors make it easily the most luxurious option. 

    Pueblo is a vegetable tanned leather from Italian tannery, Badalassi Carlo. It has a very pleasant rough texture that gives it its unique look and feel.

    'Buttero' and 'Dakota' are the two smooth veg tans used, which are produced by neighboring tanneries in the Tuscany region in Italy. They have a medium-firm temper and matte finish. 

    Wax is a pull-up leather from the Badalassi Carlo Tannery in Italy. It's fully vegetable tanned and will develop lots of character with use.

    The very attractive Saffiano print on French goatskin or Italian calf. It is not fully vegetable tanned as the other leathers are. It has better scratch and water resistance, but feels the least natural of the offerings.


    'Buttero' and 'Dakota' are the two smooth veg tans used, which are produced by neighboring tanneries in the Tuscany region in Italy. They have a medium-firm temper and matte finish. 

    Pueblo is a vegetable tanned leather from Italian tannery, Badalassi Carlo. It has a very pleasant rough texture that gives it its unique look and feel.

    Chèvre Crispé is a semi-aniline vegetable tanned goatskin from French tannery, Relma. Beautiful texture and vibrant colors make it easily the most luxurious option.

    Wax is a pull-up leather from the Badalassi Carlo Tannery in Italy. It's fully vegetable tanned and will develop lots of character with use.

    The very attractive Saffiano print on French goatskin or Italian calf. It is not fully vegetable tanned as the other leathers are. It has better scratch and water resistance, but feels the least natural of the offerings.


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    For examples and additional personalization options, please click here.

    Initials will be embossed in the inner bottom right corner for items that fold and in the front bottom right corner for non-folding items, unless specified otherwise.

    Please note: Foil embossing may show signs of wear more rapidly than the item it is embossed upon.

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Design & Capacity

  • 6 card pockets
  • 2 floating pockets provide easy access to additional cards or cash
  • Bills can be placed behind the floating pockets, eliminating the need to fold them
  • Best suited for 6-14 cards + cash

Compared to the classic bifold, the advantages of this design are that it’s slimmer and it’s easier to access additional cards. The disadvantages are that cash and cards compete for space and that cash is more easily handled in the traditional design.

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

  • Full leather construction using full grain leather from world-class tanneries
  • Polyester thread for superior abrasion resistance.

Dimensions

  • Height: 8.4cm (3.31″)
  • Length (when folded) 11cm (4.33″)
  • Thickness (at edge) ~0.76cm (.3″)

Examples

Center detail

Green Chèvre exterior, chestnut Buttero interior, and green thread.

Wallet first shown empty followed by with 10 cards and cash.

Item also available with a shell cordovan exterior. Product link here.

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 – 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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Elizabeth Crocker
Lovely

Love the minimal look and feel of my monochrome orange wallet. Small durable and hopefully will last me years ! Thank you so much !

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Kelvin
These reviews don't lie, impressive wallet

- Quick to respond, easy to add custom options

- Beautiful construction and stitching

- Instagram full of color combinations, if you can't figure out what you like

- Shipped surprisingly fast for overseas, received within the week

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Abdohamis Tran
Modern Bifold

It looks amazing, surpassed my already lofty expectations! Silas was very good at updates and professionalism!

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Chris B.
Modern Bifold

I placed an order for the modern bifold around Christmastime '19 and received the final product some short weeks later. The maker was readily communicative throughout the manufacturing and delivery process- I was never left in doubt with its progress. I am more than satisfied with the final product, and it exceeds my expectations both in durability and beauty. At the time of this review entry, I am thrilled to say that my wallet is one of the very examples pictured in advertisement of the model. It is every bit as beautiful as it is portrayed on the webpage. I would wholeheartedly recommend this craftsman to anyone who wants personal leather effects with a special touch.

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Shauna M
Satisfied with Modern Bifold

I bought 3 Modern Bifold wallets in different color combinations from Leathbound as gifts for family and friends. When I opened the package, i was surprised by the elegant packaging for each of the three wallets. They all looked great and the colors matched as what was shown on the website.
I will definitely buy from Silas at Leathbound in the future for any wallet purchases.
Thank you!