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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  • adrienne z

    wish I had an ipad to go with it! (ipad)

  • edoardo

    I liek it and its geometries. The price is totally crazy, also for alaia (only Hemrès could purposes this prices…). However, I have and iPad and an iPhone and I use burberry cases for both of them and I find them amazing. Sometimes designer go too far from the real necessities of the technology…

  • Ingrid Yohanna

    I love the case especially the color ( ipad)

  • Emma G

    it’s ok (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I love the colors, don’t care 2 much for the price – I wouldn’t want to spend more for the case than the actual ipad…lol (ipad)

  • beanyce

    I lucky the style, but ill pass rather have a premier bag instead. (Ipad)

  • Justine

    I like the color and the pattern. But its $700!! (ipad)

  • sneezz

    Looks like a fun case. Not sure about the price tag though. (iPad)

  • Ellen

    I really like it, but a case would cost more than the ipad itself. At least since it is a sleeve, you could probably keep using it when new ipads come out. (ipad)

  • LDJ

    Its ok, not crazy about that pattern. (Ipad)

  • YT

    Love it, now I just need an(iPad)

  • Marianna

    I don’t find the pattern or the price appealing. (ipad)

  • Jen

    It’s ok. Love Clueless though! “But this is an Alaia!” (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I must ammend my opinion. When I looked at it more closely in larger form, I am liking the laser cut leather. At first I thought it was a print. I need more coffee! Anyway, I like the case but I still don’t like the price. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Not Love (ipad)

  • Alicia

    Not crazy about it (ipad)

  • Alicia

    Can’t believe it costs more than the (ipad)

  • AMN

    Maybe I can use this to hold the Ipad I will win from purseblog? :) (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    Oh, gosh. If I had an iPad I’d probably restrict myself to the sub-$100 category if I wanted a fancy case for it. This is nice but not THAT nice. If you could buy a whole handbag (or two) with the money spent on an iPad case I’d reconsider. (ipad)

  • SS

    I love the design but not at that price for an ipad case. (ipad)

  • Pam

    A case should not cost more than the ipad.(ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Oh my gosh, that is so cute! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I wouldn’t get it though. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    I love the case and color but for $700.. I don’t know (iPad)

  • Joanna

    I do like it but not enough to buy (ipad).

  • Sarah

    I love it, but wouldn’t pay that much it. That’s absurd! (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    Love the Clueless reference, but not the price. (ipad)

  • cl

    it’s an “eh” case. there’s so much variety nowadays (ipad)

  • XXAL

    that is if she has an ipad!

    i wont be able to get a brand name case for mine (if i had one), but i would it get a nice case(: (ipad)

  • Vitta

    Very pretty to look at! (ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I like beautiful cases that can open and be used as a stand for the ipad. Not sure if this one does both. (ipad)

  • CMM

    I just keep hearing Cher say, “this is an Alaia” over and over in my head.(ipad)

  • greenpixie

    Stunning. I’d love a small bag in this pattern. (ipad)

  • Shannon

    I love the colors, and the cutouts. It makes it stand out from the other designer cases. And I love the Clueless reference! (iPad)

  • Lianne

    It’s lovely, but spending as much on the case as you would on the device you put into it? (ipad)


    what do we have here :) (ipad)


    how appropriate :) (ipad)


    :) (ipad)


    i think its very cute :) (ipad)

  • Limey

    it’s cute (ipad)


    it would fit my ipad perfect (ipad)


    i hope i win lol (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Love the case but not the price (ipad)

  • helen

    Pretty case (ipad)

  • Mousse

    It would be nice to have a little something to put in this case, like the PurseBlog (ipad)

  • Kate A.

    Love the design and the color, but I would want to spend the $700 on a really nice bag instead.

  • Lynn

    You can’t even keep the case on while you are using the iPad!

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  • Lynn

    One more try (iPad)

  • Kelly

    Let me win the ipad and ill consider buying this case hahaha (iPad)

  • Candace

    It’s pretty, but I’d put spend the $700 towards a purse or a wallet. The problem with an IPad case is that if you get a newer version of the IPad in the future that has different dimensions – well, the IPad case becomes obsolete too! (ipad)

  • Sue E

    I love this design (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Only for the uber rich (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    700 is def better spent elsewhere. (ipad)

  • nini

    yeah…I agree with most people who say that 700 is better spent elsewhere. (ipad)

  • Elaine

    Yup way too much for what you get. I kind of feel like these branded ipad cases might not have sufficient padding either? (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    definitely like the colors and the design, too. my budget, however, doesn’t like the price. (ipad)

  • Jsays

    need it for when i win my,(ipad)

  • Rebecca

    I couldn’t see spending that much on something to put a gadget in. (ipad)

  • Jenn

    It is awesome (ipad)

  • Jenn

    i loooove the color (ipad)

  • jenny

    i wonder about dirt getting caught in the little cut outs – is that just me and my ocd?? (ipad)

  • Karin bag4bag

    I hate the pattern and the colors and the price. (ipad)

  • christine

    Once again acessories cost more than the main attraction (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    first and foremost, i need to get an ipad!
    and then, maybe we’ll talk about the functionality of this case.. hmm..
    does it come in blue? (ipad)

  • Mochababe73

    I would just buy a case from the Apple Store and use the rest of the money to buy a real handbag. Besides, I’m not a fan of the color combination.

  • quimerula

    Lovely! (ipad).

  • Diane

    well, a bit too 70’s for me :) (ipad)

  • pltprincess

    LOL. I might be the odd one out but as a girlie nerd, buying an accessory that cost more than then gadget itself does not seem unreasonable to me. My electronics are often sheathed in my beloved LV accessories. But to me it’s the same concept as buying an expense wallet to hold paper and plastic. I just use a basic LV business card holder for my credit cards and cash as it’s just not that important to me. For me, it’s all about spending on the things you love!! (ipad)

  • swati

    i’ll never pay more for accessories than for the gadget. it just doesn’t make sense especially since the gadgets themselves get outdated and replaced so fast. the design and color in itself is ok but not classic to warrant this kind of money (ipad)

  • Louisa

    Very pretty but it’s a little crazy that it’s more expensive than the ipad itself! (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    I love it but not worth the price (ipad)

  • Britney Saenz

    Such a beautiful case! If only I had an iPad to go with it. ;) (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    i kind of love it and kind of need it… gorgeous! (ipad)

  • joycee

    i like the texture but won’t spend 700 on an ipad case..(ipad)

  • ellen

    nice case, but need an ipad first! (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Ridiculous price!! (ipad)

  • mango

    i wish alicia silverstone would reprise that role! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    It’s kinda crazy – the price (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    This is suppose to protect your (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    But wouldn’t you be worried about scratching the ipad case (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    For that price, I would (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Maybe they’ll come up with a cover for your ipad cover (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    I love the design it has a retro pattern (ipad)

  • Jaz

    Nice but I would never spend more money on the accessory than for my gadet. (ipad)

  • Desaria

    now if only i had an ipad :/ (ipad)

  • shafah

    $700? oh my, that’s excessive (ipad)

  • wendy

    No way would I pay that much for a case. A case is more practical than anything else for me. Now I just need an ipad… (ipad)

  • Beth

    I love the most stylish ipad cases cost more than the actually device. (ipad)

  • Diane Bassette

    wowee the case costs more than the ipad..sorry I don’t agree!! (ipad)

  • Bessamy

    Cute, but it costs more than the iPad it would protect. Not my thing. (iPad)

  • Ashley

    this would look so cute of the ipad if i was to win lol (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    if i win the ipad lol i will not be getting this (ipad)

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