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Hook and Albert’s vertical bifold wallet gives mixed messages

Arriving in less than impressive packaging, Hook & Alberts vertical bifold wallet design is good, with nice external and internal storage capabilities, but the execution on quality and reported customer support problems make us question the value offering of this up and coming New York brand.

Let’s open the Hook & Albert vertical bifold wallet.

For a brand of this stature and pricing, you’d expect more thought put into the packaging. This was from Amazon, not from their website directly. So I’m not sure if getting something directly from them would be better, but I would have expected a little more.

You can see this one is black with a red dip color. It’s kind of a burnt orange color. 

(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)

As you saw, you can get 6-8 cards, but don’t really expect any leather stretch because the construction makes it questionable. You can get 5 slips of cash folded over once. It’s not a perfect fit in the back slot, but it does work with cash, it’s hard for it to stay closed like that, but without cash, it works great. 

The company doesn’t make recommendations on specific numbers for cards or cash, so it’s really up to you. It’s made from 100% top grain leather, it’s split very thin, which facilitates the design to provide a very slim offering. With that, it might help with the design but it really hampers longevity. It has a satin liner on the inside and has painted edges.

The price is $65 and we have no idea where it’s made, it’s a New York, brand, but we would guess it’s probably China/ The usability is good, it’s easy to open and the half flap back slot for cash or other cards really makes it easy to access. The exterior slot, which is lacking in many bifold card wallets is a nice touch as it provides quick access to a couple cards. It measures 4.1” x 2.8” x .4” thin. Overall, we understand from research that there are some quality concerns and customer support is spoty. But other than that, they seem to have a brand that’s driving forward. 

Now let’s get into the final score. For quality a 3, for price a 2, for features a 2, for usability a 3 and for perception a 3.  That gives us a final score of 2.8 out of 5 or 28 out of 50.

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