The elite fashion labels have gone iPad-mad, unveiling ever more luxurious and beautiful cases that provide a little protection and a lot of glamour.
We take a trip to the catwalk
Orla Kiely Multi Stem Print Folio Case for iPad 2
URL www.orlakiely.com/uk Price £59.94
The (male) editor of iPad & iPhone User has been defying the prejudices of fellow commuters by using this pleasant and hard-wearing case, decked out in Orla Kiely’s autumnal-leaf print, for the past two weeks, and has nothing but praise for it.
Unlike some cases made for and by the fashionable, this one feels practical, without looking too boringly sensible. The ubiquitous print – mugs, duvet covers, notebooks and even London buses have featured the iconic leaf design – has lost a fraction of its brightness over the past weeks, but is otherwise unharmed, and the sturdy, quite thick casing feels like it would stand up to mid-level impacts and even drops. It does make the iPad rather heavy, though.
A smart dark-leather band encircles the case and incorporates the fastener. It also feels pleasant in the hand, and contrasts nicely with the light, canvas print. And there’s a cute if not massively useful bonus feature: the internal plastic cradle that holds the iPad in place can rotate at will, so you can watch movies or play games in landscape mode without shifting the case around too.
DKNY Town and Country
URL www.harrods.com Price £44.95
At just under £45, this soft tablet case from Donna Karan’s less expensive DKNY line is the most affordable item here. It’s made of a camel fabric with a leather trim, and decorated by a repeated pattern based on the DKNY logo. The lining is a beautifully rich golden brown; it’s almost a shame it’ll be seen so rarely.
If the smart looks cover the ‘town’ angle, we’d expect it to provide robust protection to justify the second part of the title. And while we’re not sure it would be ideal for wilderness hikes, the fabric case will look after minor bumps and the soft lining should protect the screen from scratches. And there are two internal pockets for any other items that need to be toted around the countryside.
Maroo SA Mod
URL www.maroo.com Price $149
Fans of the reality TV show Project Runway will immediately recognise the name of Seth Aaron. The SA Mod is one of eight tooled leather designs created by the series-seven-winning fashionista, based in this case on a highly stylised self-portrait.
The case has a pocket inside to hold a business card or other paperwork, while the iPad 2 is held firmly in place by four rubber clips. The practical side of things was taken care of by Maroo, who show off the high-level protection provided by their wares by firing iPads through the air with giant catapults. It’s true; we’ve seen the video.
Other designs include a two-tone Union Jack. A UK launch for the range is expected in January of next year.
D&G Lily Twist iPad case
URL www.harrods.com Price £85
We looked at one of Dolce & Gabbana’s iPad sleeves on the first page of this feature, but its lofty price tag may have put off buyers on a tight Christmas budget. For a more affordable take on the company’s look, consider the Lilly Twist, part of its more youth-oriented D&G line.
Your tablet will be well protected by a nylon/leather mix quilted casing in a soft blue-grey. The single zip fastener has a pair of decorative keys that act as a zip pull, and there’s a silver-tone logo to show off your impeccable taste.