Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Everyone has their favorite style of wallet, be it billfold, cardholder, or trifold, and all of them have their pros and cons. Unfortunately, many trifold users find that, once they become interested in artisanal leather goods, that they’re unable to find trifolds of acceptable quality. And that’s where we come in. While the name “trifold” is a bit of a misnomer, as it features two folds but three segments, we’ve put together some of the best available trifold wallets, proper name or no.
1) Coach: Trifold Wallet
While Coach is not the kind of brand we usually cover here at Heddels, their Trifold Wallet is among the nicest trifolds on the market. To keep a trifold wallet from being too bulky, the leather used needs to be thinner than that used in a similarly sized billfold. And while thinner leather does not necessarily mean lower quality, the department store brands that make thin-leather trifold wallets generally don’t care too much about the leather quality. That said, Coach uses a high quality, thin calfskin for their trifold that is soft, durable, and makes for a very attractive wallet.
Available for $150 from Coach in Black, Chestnut, and Saddle.
2) Nosakhari: Trifold Wallet
Nosakhari’s Trifold Wallet isn’t a traditional trifold wallet, but it does feature the same segmentation with two folds and three segments, so how else can we possibly categorize it? This design allows for easy access to a wide range of cards, the usage of thick Italian leather, and a thin overall profile. While this model certainly won’t hold as much a traditional trifold, especially given the absence of a bill pouch, it certainly has enough room for must of us in today’s card-dominant world.
3) hobo: Trifold Wallet
hobo’s Trifold Wallet is one of the more compelling trifolds on the market today. Not only does the thin but high quality leather allow for a trifold wallet without the bulk, but the snap closure and cotton lining help to keep its contents secure yet easy to remove. Each colorway has a contrasting leather accent inside, and enough storage to keep all of your everyday items.
4) Buzz Rickson x Porter: Trifold Wallet
This Buzz Rickson collaboration with Porter is another nontraditional trifold, as the final segment doesn’t completely overlap the rest of the wallet, but it certainly features all the other features you’d expect. With six inner coin slots, two inner zip slots, one outer zip slot, and a bill pocket, this wallet has all the space you could possibly hope for and more. It’s constructed from a durable nylon twill with heavy duty zippers and snaps for closure, and a metal key ring to attach to your favorite lanyard.
5) Super Classic: abrAsus Slim Wallet
Super Classic might not have the most original name of all time, but their minimalist abrAsus Slim Wallet more than makes up for it with creativity. It is an ultra-slim trifold wallet in the same vein as Porter’s, with a partially overlapping third layer, which in this case allows for the storage of coins without creating a lump in the wallet. In addition, it has enough room for a small range of cards, cash, and even a hidden spare-key pocket. It comes in a wide range of colors, so just choose your favorite combination and you’re good to go.
Available for ¥14,950 (~$135USD) from Super Classic.
Plus One – WERKSTATT MUNCHEN: Wallet #4 Hammered
Waller #4 from Werkstatt Munchen is similar in design to the Nosakhari we talked about previously, and we consider it to be a trifold wallet for similar reasons. However, the aesthetic is totally different. Where this one is more avant-garde and artisanal than the previous ones on this list. It’s made from a soft calfskin leather with sterling silver hardware and a price tag to match.
Available for $595 from The Archive.