I think of my handbags as the accessory that I use the most, but in reality, that’s not even close to true: I interact with my bag several times a day, but I interact with my phone case almost constantly.
I have a whole rant about “wearable technology” saved up for a rainy day, but the gist is this: it usually seems like tech-fashion mashups are inventing new problems to solve rather than innovating in ways that will actually simplify or improve women’s actual lives, and that’s often because tech companies don’t have much respect for fashion or the people who buy it.
Even though I spend the vast majority of my time writing and thinking about handbags, the accessory I actually interact with the most is my iPhone case. I have a 6 Plus, and the size and beauty of the thing only encourages me to interact with it even more.
A perpetually near-death iPhone battery is one of those mundane problems of modern life for which we haven’t quite invented the perfect solution. Desire for thin, light and powerful phones has outpaced battery technology, and the best way to combat it if you use your phone frequently is to use a charger case, but the bulk means most of them are ugly.
Awards season always puts clutches on our mind, and when it comes to selecting a little evening bag, we always have the same problem: wedging a phone into a box clutch in a way that also accommodates our keys, wallet and lipstick.
Finding a new designer is always exciting, especially when you consider the tight hold some big brands have on the handbag market. Earlier this month, I was introduced to Dillon Des Pres. When I saw his line, I felt a freshness that I always yearn for; the designs are simple and natural, with a beautifully finished aesthetic.
Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant.
I have a very hard time paying more for a gadget case than for the gadget itself. As luxury customers, we deal with crazy prices all the time, but juxtaposing the price of an inanimate leather case with that of an incredibly powerful computer or phone only serves to bring the price insanity into stark relief.