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Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Greg


Troubadour: A Swanky Italian Leather iPad Case

If you’re looking for a sleek iPad folio or case for the man in your life, and don’t mind spending a fair bit on quality, look no further. Of course, some of the world’s finest leather goods come from Italy, so it’s no surprise that they would also create a luxurious, slim case for your Apple tablet. Also available are iPad mini cases, and as well as wallets, briefcases, weekender bags, and day packs.

The brand is Troubadour, and their leather iPad case is among the highest-end we’ve seen. Forget synthetic materials and cheap imitations- this is the real deal, made from hides that are vegetable tanned in wooden barrels in Tuscany, with natural dyes and custom stitching. We liked the water-resistant lining, and the end result is still a fairly lightweight case, unlike many of the bulkier cases that we’ve seen. The only downside to being so svelte is that it can be hard to get your smart cover or other cover/protective casing inside. But there’s no clasp or buckle; just a nice solid flap that protects your iPad well, and a subtly embossed logo.

Over the past month, the leather has worn nicely, with no visible marks. It fits and feels nicely in the hand, with clear craftsmanship that sets Troubadour apart. With an interesting warranty program called Troubadour Cares, they actually contact you on the anniversary of your purchase with details on repairs and refurbishment. The name of the company “takes its roots from the traveling minstrels – storytellers – of days gone by” and was inspired by the artisans that help construct their high-end leather goods, even the company behind the zippers. The business card slot inside is a classy touch.

Of course, quality never comes cheap. For the business professional in your life- the doctor or lawyer who appreciates quality and wants a distinctive, stylish iPad case, consider Troubadour. Available primarily online, expect to spend around $400.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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