Founded in 2011, the Hook & Albert brand is quickly rising the ranks as an upscale men’s accessory company leading the market with well designed and supremely crafted products. Browsing their product range you’ll come across gorgeous weekender bags, socks, ties, watch straps, and wallets among a vast majority of other smaller offerings. Today we’re looking at their pebbled leather vertical bi-fold.
Available in three colorways, black, brown, and blue, we got a chance to get up close and personal with a blue version and it’s a really, really good looking wallet. The bi-fold is sort of a mix between a standard bill fold and card holder. It’s most aptly suitable for those looking for more space from a card holder yet aren’t looking to lug around a big, hefty wallet. This bi-fold in particular has two card sleeves, one on each external side of the inside flaps in addition to storage room behind the flap. You’ve got one other card sleeve on the back-side of the wallet for a total of 3 sleeves and room behind the inside flaps. We carried the bi-fold around with about 10 different credit card sized objects (cards, licenses, insurance cards, etc.) and it felt right at home and not over-packed. This is probably around the range of cards you’d want to stuff in it before moving up to a larger capacity wallet. It definitely has a much smaller footprint than a standard sized billfold which felt nice in either the front or back pocket.
There was no internal or external money clip to be found which is perfectly fine by us. We’re not big on carrying cash around and use a money clip when the occasion arises. If you’re intent on carrying bills in your wallet then this bi-fold may not be for you, but that isn’t the intended purpose either. So no negative points there. The construction of the wallet is excellent. The stitching was properly spaced throughout the entire piece with the Hook & Albert text logo in silver foil on the interior and the logo insignia subtly embossed on the exterior. The leather is also top-notch. It’s pebbled on the outside and smooth on the interior flaps. The crevices between the pebbles offer a brighter tone of blue giving the leather a nice contrast and ability to blend into different tones of blue depending on the lighting it’s in. Overall this one is a keeper. We’re sure we’ll be pulling this one out for some years to come and the leather will age beautifully. Photos © Zeros Media