Built NY - French Bull Rainbow Flower laptop sleeve

For the style conscious, Built NY, based in New York's trendy SoHo district, have brought elegance and desirability to a range of previously everyday products. From baby bibs and nappy bags to food and drink containers, not forgetting camera bags, laptop bags and sleeves, Built has found a way to turn the mundane into the magical. The Built design team have recently paired with French Bull, a maker of designer homeware, to offer a collection of funky new pattern designs.

Those designs are now available on a selection of Built products, namely the one bottle tote, two bottle tote, gourmet getaway lunch tote and laptop sleeve. The sleeve, on review here, the aptly named Rainbow Flower pattern, is a kaleidoscope of colour that's part late 60s flower power retro and part Magic Roundabout. It’s a look that certainly had the female of the species cooing when the sleeve arrived for review, and while not exclusively aimed at women, it might take a man in touch with his feminine side to really appreciate this design.

The sleeve itself is typical of Built, made from extra-thick durable neoprene (the wetsuit material) it's pleasantly tactile and reassuringly robust for something that's so lightweight and manageable. A proprietary hourglass design offers extra protection against bumps and bangs as well as a convenient way to tuck your laptop into its sleeve.

The interior is soft to touch and will safely store your computer without fear of scratching or marking. A zip, which covers one end of the sleeve, will keep the contents secure, and you'll struggle to fit much more than your MacBook into such a snug fit.

The sleeve comes with Shark Gill Grips on the sides, which Built insists makes gripping and handling slip free. It certainly feels comfortable being carried and for those with sticky hands, it's machine washable. You can, of course, wrap the sleeve in another bag when on the move, especially it you want to be discreet about the fact you're carrying a laptop. That said the French Bull Rainbow Flower is designed to be seen and turn heads.

(Built NY is available in the UK from stores and online including Cancom, LaptopStuff, and Refuelled.com.)

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking to wrap your MacBook in something that's snug and seductive then the Built sleeve is for you. A design that cries out "look at me," it's well made and capable of carrying your laptop safely and in comfort from A to B, even if that trip involves a walk down the catwalk.

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