Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook review: Luxurious protection

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook
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iMore Verdict

Bottom line: This slim, elegant zip-around MacBook case is crafted from premium leather and wool.


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    Lightweight and slim but protective

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    Vegetable-tanned full-grain Scandinavian leather

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    Soft 100% natural wool felt

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    YKK Excella zipper

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    Interior pockets


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    Snug fit does not allow for a hardshell case

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Your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air will be snug in this cozy and classy folio. With its vegetable-tanned full-grain Scandinavian leather exterior and soft natural wool interior, your MacBook will be protected in elegant style.

Leather and wool

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook: Features

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook (Image credit: iMore)

Woolnut was founded by three friends in Stockholm, Sweden with backgrounds in product development and design engineering. Their goal was to make beautiful tech accessories that combined high-quality organic materials with the minimalistic Swedish aesthetic. Woolnut's Leather Folio for MacBook is not your ordinary laptop sleeve. The exterior is crafted from vegetable-tanned, full-grain Scandanavian leather. Vegetable tanning means that tree bark, roots, leaves, pods, or other plant tannins are used to process the leather. Full-grain leather is the best quality kind of leather; it's the full, unadulterated hide. The leather used for this case has a pebbly texture and feels substantial. Like all natural leather, it will develop a patina over time. The branding is embossed into the case's leather exterior; the name WOOLNUT and the sheep's head logo are on the front near the bottom.

The Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook is sized to fit your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with precision. There is no room for your MacBook to wiggle around, and no room for a hardshell case. The YKK Excella zipper zips around two sides of the folio, so it's easy to slide your MacBook in and out. I'm no zipper expert but Woolnut claims this is the best kind of zipper. I certainly found it to be quite solid and sturdy.

Woolnut's Leather Folio for MacBook is not your ordinary laptop sleeve.

The interior of the case is lined with soft 100% natural wool felt. It is soft enough to protect your MacBook from scratches, but not soft enough for a garment. It would feel itchy in sweater form. There are two leather pockets sewn inside. One is sized to hold cards; the other is large enough for your iPhone or any smartphone. The larger pocket has small embossed branding on it: WOOLNUT - DESIGNED IN SWEDEN/SCANDINAVIAN LEATHER.

The case is all sewn together in stitching that matches the color of the leather. You can see a strip of the wool around the edges not taken up by the zipper. Woolnut makes this case in three sizes: 13-inch MacBook Air/Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Choose from three colors: Green (as seen in my photos), Black, and Cognac (brown). As of this writing, the 16-inch MacBook Pro version is on pre-order on Woolnut's website. Though the price is in pounds, they will ship to anywhere in the world.


Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook: What I like

I love the way this case looks and feels. The quality of the materials used and the craftsmanship is top-notch. You can walk into any boardroom—or coffee shop—and class up the joint when you pull out your MacBook in the Woolnut Leather Folio.

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook (Image credit: iMore)


Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook: What I don't like

If you keep a hardshell case on your MacBook, you'll either need to order a size up or get another case. The Woolnut Leather Folio is meant for a naked MacBook.

Not surprisingly given the quality, this is an expensive case. You get what you pay for.

Elevate your MacBook style

Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook: Bottom line

Tailor-made for your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, this classy leather zip-around case elevates your MacBook's style. Crafted from premium full-grain vegetable-tanned Scandanavian leather and lined with 100% natural wool felt, this is a splendid case.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.