Mujjo’s wallet-cases for the iPhone 11 Pro give you a neat place to stash your Apple Pay card

For the most part, you can just tap your iPhone on a payment portal and make your transaction… but for everything else, there’s Apple Card (see what I did there?) Mujjo’s new cases for the iPhone 11 Pro allow you to carry your Apple Card, or any other payment card, right along with your iPhone, eliminating the need for you to even carry a wallet. The cards fit right into a sleeve on the back of Mujjo’s beautiful leather cases that are entirely made from top-grain leather. Using a proprietary technique, Mujjo’s cases allow the leather to bend to the contours of your phone, making the leather envelop your phone perfectly with no creases or folds. The case gives your iPhone 11 Pro a beautiful leather exterior with a protective 1mm lip that cushions your phone from bumps and scratches. Each case even comes with a Japanese microfiber inner lining so that your glass back or stainless steel frame don’t get scratched or worn out over time. The cases come in 4 colors, although my heart is set on the Alpine Green variant!

Designer: Mujjo

Meet BM Leather: The leather made from the residue left behind while brewing beer

Here’s one more reason to love beer! Developed as a 100% environmentally-friendly, animal-friendly and chemically free alternative to leather, BM Leather takes one of the wasted by-products of beer-brewing and turns it into a fabric that mimics faux-leather, but will biodegrade (and even fertilize) when disposed. Designer Mi Zhou developed the material for Stella McCartney in a bid to make fashion much more sustainable, in a way that doesn’t create waste, but rather reduces it.

For every tonne of beer brewed, you’ve got a quarter of a tonne of beer mash, the residual grain/pulp, left behind from the brewing process. Converting this into a fabric, BM Leather uses a by-product in a way that upscales it into a fashion product. Produced in cooperation with Beavertown Brewery, Mi Zhou developed a leather-esque fabric out of the residual wet mash, which comprises mainly mashed grain, husk, sugars, and water. The vegan-friendly leather, developed keeping Stella McCartney’s brand ethos and commitment to animal and eco-friendly fashion, uses zero chemicals, is 100% natural, and can even be dyed in different colors, making it a great new material for fashion designers to toy with, and a lovely push for the fashion industry towards sustainability!

Designer: Mi Zhou for Stella McCartney

The ‘Fold’ wallet is a completely seamless card, currency, and coin carrier!

The Fold is as simple as it’s functional, say the guys at Lemur Design. They’re right. When packaged, the Fold wallet comes as an open, unfolded piece of leather, secured to a packaging board that also contains the instructions to assemble the wallet together. With two simple fasteners, the Fold wallet comes together, transforming from a flat piece of leather, to an incredibly useful, classy, zero-compromise wallet that’s sure to spark conversation.

The Fold wallet is one of Lemur Design’s many single-piece-foldables, and comes crafted from a single piece of full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. Its unfolded, flat form folds together in three quick steps, going from a mundane piece of leather to a feature-laden wallet that holds your cards, banknotes, and even your coins! The wallet comes with two access-points, allowing you to quickly reach your cards or bills via the main flap, and access your coins in their dedicated coin-pouch via a secondary flap.

The straightforward, fold-to-assemble design looks deceptively simple, but is, in fact, an ingenious piece of origami-inspired artistry that goes from flat to fully-functional in less than five seconds. Its one-piece design not only makes the Fold wallet last longer than most conventional wallets that come assembled with stitches or glued seams, effectively bypassing all their weak points; but also gives it a unique design language that unites Lemur Design’s other fold-centric products. Besides the entire act of assembling your wallet is definitely the very highlight of owning this absolute beauty, is it not?!

Designer: Lemur Design

Bluebonnet straps a classy leather portfolio to the back of your MacBook

Now that Apple’s completely ditched the light-up logo on their MacBooks, there’s a lot more you can do to jazz up the back of the laptop screen. You can add stickers, lego pieces, or you could completely reinvent your laptop/workspace with what Bluebonnet has to offer. A leather housing for your MacBook, Bluebonnet isn’t just a protective cover, but also a portfolio case and a kickstand!

Along with protecting your laptop from accidental bumps and scuffs, Bluebonnet also gives you a neat place to store your planner/notebook/papers and a pen of your choice, freeing your hands up while giving you everything you’d need to carry to a meeting, conference, or a coffee shop, all in one svelte sleeve. The leather construction undeniably gives the MacBook a stylish, professional upgrade, and comes available in multiple colors. The Bluebonnet even features a cutout at the base that gives your laptop an impromptu kickstand, tilting it higher for better viewing/cooling.

With a magnetic clasp to secure your MacBook just the way you would a large portfolio folder, the Bluebonnet carries the aspects of the portfolio case that people know and love to the laptop case. In many ways, it totally transforms the perception of the laptop, and of the person carrying it too! Definitely classier than a crummy neoprene laptop sleeve and a run-of-the-mill woven nylon or Cordura backpack.

Designer: Farhad Rizvi (Bluebonnet)

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The DIY speakers that come to you in a flat envelope

The Giacinto speakers literally get shipped in an envelope. Designed in a manner that can be flat-packed, the speakers come as drivers that are attached to leather sleeves. When shipped, the entire unit is shipped in a bubble-wrap lined envelope, and on being received, needs to be put together, introducing a DIY element that makes the user feel involved. The speakers are connected using the wires that come with the packaging, and folded into an icosahedral shape, giving the speaker its own hollow acoustic chamber.

The Giacinto comes with two 5W speakers, an amplifier, and connecting cables. Making an argument that a product’s beauty lies in its ability to unravel secrets and teach a user more about it, the Giacinto’s DIY element hopes to help people get more in touch with the tech around them, hopefully rebooting the era of taking a screwdriver and tinkering with and fixing products rather than having them exchanged or dumping them in a landfill.

Designer: Sinestesia Design Studio

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The Airsnap gives your boring AirPods case a leather makeover

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The Airpods case, as remarkable as it is on the tech front, does look like a box of dental floss… so Twelve South’s Airsnap case gives it the treatment it deserves. Clad in leather with a style that’s chunky but lovely, the Airsnap has a snap-button that securely locks the case, and a carabiner clip too, letting you confidently strap the Airpods case to your bag rather than stashing it within, or in your pocket.

Available in veggie-tan brown, black, and teal, the Airsnap case comes complete with a small cutout for charging your Airpods too. Convenient, classy, and definitely a touch above the current floss-box design.

Designer: Twelve South

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