With the growing popularity of the Apple iPhone and the time spent using gadget, the decorative iPhone case is another chance for us to express ourselves through our accessories. It seems like the designers are starting to recognise this need need for a stylish way to customise the fundamental gadgets.
Though some that cases I’ve seen seem rather extortionate for what’s essentially a strip of leather (or crocodile in the Nancy Gonzalez styles!) you can’t say that it won’t be well used and will most likely find a permanent spot in your handbag. Until you buy a new phone that is.
First up is Louis Vuitton’s range. Arguably the brand which started the trend, currently available for 3G is classic monogram canvas and the mens damier graphite.The taiga leather (pictured above middle) will fit the previous models. Let’s also not forget the 2008 monogramoflage model which sadly is no longer available.
The brand offers a notch on the top of each case and microfiber lining for easy access, the taiga model even has a clip allowing it to be attached to a belt. With price tags starting at £155 though I think you’d expect reasonably good features. You can find these styles on the e-store and at Louis Vuitton boutiques.
Nancy Gonzalez’s exclusive line of crocodile cases for Net-a-Porter definitely wins the award for prettiest iPhone accessory! Available in a range of colours pictured above. However by sticking to exotic skins although design-wise the models are quite basic at £280 they retail at most expensive.
More than just a case, Fendi created a monogram-embossed rubber cover to fit around your phone. The styles also included practical cut-outs for the iPhones features, so need for any notches or microfiber lining! Available in olive and grey, the cover can be purchased at a reasonable £35 from Net-a-Porter. If this were still in stock it might be the perfect Christmas gift!
Compared to his classic designs Paul Smith’s iPhone case comes across as much more sophisticated – available in black leather with only a strip of the fun, signature striped design. It features a softer lining to help protect the phone but lacks any other features. You can purchase it for £80 from the Apple store.
Though I’m not sure how they’re meant to resemble any of the Mulberry handbags (other than the Lily perhaps), Mulberry’s Mini Bayswater Messenger and Mini Daria Messenger for the iPhone are certainly a cute and different way of carrying your phone.
These tiny cross-body bags also include room for ID cards and that shoulder strap is removeable so they aren’t too bulky. At only a small amount more than the wallets and coin purses these almost seem quite reasonable at £149.99 on the Apple e-store! It’s a shame they’re only available in black, I’d love one in their leopard print style!