Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Greg0
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.