Protecting One’s Pad

I did it. I can now officially be counted among the over 16 million people who call themselves iPad owners. So, if you’re me, the first thing you do (before even installing any apps), is begin the quest for a suitable iPad cover. To be clear, I’m not the type who is willing to settle for whatever boring fare the electronics superstores have to offer. I long for something beautiful and unique, that’s an expression of my personal aesthetic. Turns out, this is not as simple as one might think. I figured since there are countless, amazing iPhone cases, surely the same would be true for iPads, right? It only stands to reason that if folks want fabulous for their phones, they just might crave the same for their tablet. But this line of thinking does not seem to have caught on at retail. I was totally let down by my local specialty stores (you know who you are!). I was boggled that nary a one carried iPad accessories, let alone anything noteworthy. Resorting to web shopping (thereby eliminating the possibility of immediate gratification) I fared only slightly better. What gives? Designers, manufacturers, retailers; I implore you: we need some awesome in the iPad case/carrier/portfolio/sleeve category! Anyway, here’s what I’ve sound so far: (As always, click to shop!)

Kate Spade Fingers iPad Folio, $85
Kate Spade Rainspot iPad Sleeve, $50
Jonathan Adler Gothic Rose iPad Zipper Case, $28
Jonathan Adler Watergate iPad Zipper Case, $28
Jonathan Adler silicone iPad Cover, $29.95
M-Edge Pop iPad Sleeve, $29.99
Rogue Theory Techee iPad Sleeve, $35
Marc by Marc Jacobs Batik iPad Case, $68
Tech Candy Barcelona iPad Case, $50
Gadget Glamour Moon Flower iPad Sleeve, $34.95
Case Closed UK Fitted Wool Felt iPad Sleeve, $46
Orla Kiely Rotating iPad Folio, $105
Orla Kiely Rotating iPad Folio, $105 (inside)

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