There will always be that brave, brazen friend who insists on toting a coverless iPhone around, which they'll claim is eminently slimmer, sleeker and more pocketable. But if you're like us, you belong to the "better-to-protect" it camp. Frankly, we can't imagine a life in which our smartphones never drop once. The iPhone 5 is a thinner, lighter, longer version of the smartphone you used to have. Instead of glass, the back is made of anodized aluminum—the same material used in Apple notebooks—with ceramic glass inlays. Unlike the 4S, the 5 is no longer prone to shattering if it hits asphalt straight-on. But it's still an expensive piece of technology, prone to chips and cracks. The leather handmade iPhone case, like a sturdy leather bag, offers a thick, impervious cushion to prevent scratching and cracking of the phone's casing. Accidental drops, pointy pocket clutter and unforeseen flings from the table can’t shake a fist at its durable, protective powers. Though you'll want one for every smartphone in the family, this one is fitted specifically for the 4" retina display of the iPhone 5, half an inch taller than the other smartphone models. The case is made of a richly colored vegetable-tanned leather designed to protect without obscuring the camera or headphone jack. Designed and manufactured just north of Tokyo and further south in Yokohama, the case features a thick woven elastic strap attached to 2 pockets, to hold the phone snugly in place.
As with the iPhone itself, the manufacturer recommends keeping the case out of the water. The leather dye is oil-based, and is susceptible to color change over an extended period of time in heat, humidity and when left wet. The leather will develop changes in the shape and a beautiful patina as it ages.
Leather Factory Roberu has been crafting leather goods using natural tannins for four years. All skins are steeped in a proprietary tanning solution using only vegetable-derived tannins. They are then dried, cut to spec, and crafted into Roberu's signature goods.
Protective handmade leather case made specifically for iPhone 5. Features a thick woven elastic strap attached to 2 pockets that holds the phone in snugly. Handmade in Japan.
5 inches tall x 2.5 inches wide
Vegetable tanned leather
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