Field Testing: Jack Spade's simple, stylish iPad folio
It seems like fashion brands started cranking out iPad accessories as soon as Apple's tablet hit the market (Gucci, Burberry and Michael Kors to name just a few), but I hadn't realized exactly how enthusiastically until I went on the hunt for something to protect my new Christmas present during my upcoming trip to the men's runway shows in Europe.
My bride totes hers in a simple black Falabella Stella McCartney sheath with chunky chain edging ($395), and I wanted something equally as straight forward and unadorned but guy-appropriate. I'll already be slinging a bag over my shoulder so I decided against the strappy messenger bag style (like the "Danny" iPad tote from Rebecca Minkoff's new Ben Minkoff line that Max Padilla wrote about last week).
Over the weekend, I found exactly what I was looking for in Jack Spade's nylon canvas iPad folio ($69.95). The exterior is brown, and the interior is a blue-gray micro check pattern that looks and feels like shirting fabric.
It also has a couple of features that don't seem like a big deal until you've tried to use an iPad in a variety of real-world conditions -- a 1-inch spine (like a book binding) that angles the touch-screen for easier typing (it also allows the device to be displayed upright in landscape position for hands-free viewing) and a cut out space in the back that allows it to be placed in a docking stand without removing it from the folio.
Although the cases are currently back-ordered one to two months at Apple's online store and aren't in stock at the Jack Spade boutique in Venice, as of Saturday they were in stock at the brick-and-mortar Apple Store at the Grove, which is where I scored mine (it was hanging next to a selection of Michael Kors cases).
If anyone's found other cool iPad cases for guys, let us know by posting a comment. (And note that comments including hyperlinks won't be published, so if you have a recommendation, just give us the name.)
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: The Jack Spade nylon canvas iPad case ($69.95). Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times