Totally important designer Azzedine Alaia does not have a website, but that doesn’t mean that the brand eschews technology, particularly when technology might enable it to sell a few more accessories. Every brand under the sun has hopped on the iPad case trend, and the Azzedine Alaia Laser-Cut iPad Case is among my favorites, but unfortunately, it’s also among the most expensive.
A basic iPad costs $500, but having guessed (correctly) that vanity gadgets appeal to those who might also want to expensively accessorize said gadgets, designer cases have skyrocketed in price. This two-tone beauty is one of the most expensive that I’ve seen in non-exotic leather, and with a price in excess of $700, it appeals only to those most committed to the fusion of fashion and technology. And perhaps those who should actually be committed. (I kid, I kid.)
Alaia is known for having some of the highest prices in the industry when it comes to leather goods, so people familiar with the brand probably didn’t experience an inordinate amount of sticker shock upon hearing the price of this case. And, truth be told, if this were a regular clutch using the same amount of material, I probably wouldn’t think about the price tag twice. Something about the very narrow functionality of piece meant only to shield an already-expensive tech toy makes me balk at $700+, but I’d love to have a small handbag in the same dual-color lasered leather in my closet. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $715.
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