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25 Best iPad Cases And Covers (2011 Edition)

When on holiday, it’s hard not to notice the amount of people sitting by the pool using iPads. They’re everywhere. One thing that often catches the eye is the case or cover of choice. Here we’ve hunted 25 of the best on the web. Some expensive. Some cheap. But all worthy of our attention.

FYI – We have just published our 2012 Best iPad cases list - http://www.dmarge.com/2012/05/21-best-ipad-covers-cases-2012-edition.html

25 OF THE FRESHEST IPAD CASES AND COVERS FOR YOUR BROWSING / BUYING PLEASURE.

Case #1: COTEetCIEL: COTEetCIEL’s 10” iPad sleeve is the very definition of minimalist chic. Like much of COTEetCIEL’s range of durable and stylish travel accessories, this iPad sleeve is notable for its clean, sleek lines and high-quality materials, in this case a snug, padded nylon that offers protection without adding bulk. A unique, eye-catching opening finishes off this posh product. BUY

Case #2: WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie: The zipped iPad case from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie is indeed an essential accessory for the well-dressed man. Camel-toned and 100% leather, the iPad case includes eight card slots and three sleeves, as well as a cleaning cloth and card. The case also features the designer’s signature gold and silver zip, a symbol of unity through contrast. BUY

iPad Case #3: Gucci: Gucci’s 100% leather diamond patterned iPad case brings elegant masculinity to your technology. In addition to the attention-grabbing embossed pattern on the exterior of the case, the inside features a suede lining and two interior compartments. This is Gucci’s traditional craftsmanship at its very best. BUY

iPad Case #4: Ralph Lauren: Though not explicitly designed as an iPad case, the Ralph Lauren Purple Label alligator document portfolio is the perfect way to transport your iPad in style. This exceptionally beautiful accessory is sealed with a half zip and a brand engraved, lockable metal clasp, and comes with a key in an alligator leather cover and a Ralph Lauren cloth storage bag. BUY

iPad Case #5: DODOcase: Style meets practicality with the DODOcase Classic for the iPad2. The cover of the DODOcase, constructed from Moroccan cloth and manufactured using traditional book binding techniques, is configured to fold back for use as a stand. The case allows for access to all buttons and ports, as well as the rear facing camera, and is designed with angles suitable for both typing and video functionality. BUY

iPad Case #6: Bottega Veneta: Make a lasting impression at the office with this premium leather iPad case. The iconic weave design of the Bottega Veneta Intrecciatto iPad Holder is truly timeless, and provides a snug casing that keeps your iPad safe. With its slim, pocket-free shape and small size, this Bottega Veneta case is perfect for the man on the go. BUY

iPad Case #7: Dolce & Gabbana: The Dolce & Gabbana leather iPad case looks equally at home in the boardroom and on the runway. Made from a grained, textured leather, this case protects your tablet while packing a fashionable punch with its top opening and a silver-metal plaque that bears the brand’s logo. BUY

iPad Case #8 Incase: The popular Apple accessories brand Incase is at it again, this time hitting all the right notes with their Perforated Snap Case for the iPad. The case features the brand’s signature perforated pattern and durable hardshell construction with a high-gloss coating. Engineered to be the lightest weight of all Incase iPad cases, the Perforated Snap Case is easy to carry, scratch resistant, and provides direct access to all of the tablet’s features. BUY

iPad Case #9: WaterField Designs: Get smart with the WaterField Designs iPad Smart Case. Designed to provide serious protection without adding serious bulk, the Smart Case features a scratch-free liner from Ultrasuede and a high-impact, rigid insert for additional protection. The case also features a sleek look, thanks to its lack of visible stitching, and a pocket for your power adapter and syncing cable. BUY

iPad Case #10: Hard Graft: The iPad Back Up Case is “one of the best hard graft products we’ve designed and possibly the finest iPad case out there,” claims HardGraft.com. Made from soft suede, this case is smooth yet strong, and looks as good as it feels. The case’s construction allows for easy access to features like the power button and headphone socket, and features speaker grill slits to keep the device’s sound clear.

iPad Case #11: ColcaSac: The ColcaSac Hanakapiai iPad2 Sleeve is made from environmentally-friendly basketweave hemp canvas, grown in rural China. Fun Fact: the case is named after Hanakapiai Beach, a Hawaiian paradise in northern Kauai that is both beautiful and deadly. A wooden sign marks the beach, with etch marks keeping a tally of the deaths caused by the location’s extremely strong waves and currents. BUY

iPad Case #12: Temple: If Indiana Jones had an iPad, his case would probably look something like this. The Temple iPad Sleeve is made from rugged oiled leather and canvas, padded with closed cell foam, and features an envelope-style flap opening that completes its unique look. This sleeve epitomises masculinity. BUY

iPad Case #13 – Tuch: The Tuch case for iPad is simple and elegant. There are no unnecessary accoutrements here, just laser-cut, premium-grade leather that has been assembled by hand with no stitching and no glue. If that’s not sophisticated minimalism of the highest level, I don’t know what is. BUY

iPad Case #14 – joevleather at Etsy: The sleek Designer iPad Felt Sleeve by joevleather proves that Etsy is not just for teenagers with too much time on their hands. The uncomplicated and modern look of the sleeve is achieved using 3mm merino felt wool, with a leather strap for added support. The strap is available in multiple colours, and can be further customized with an engraving of up to three initials. BUY

iPad Case #15 – BoxWave: Ever wondered what a fashionable manila envelope would look like? Neither did I, but the BoxWave Manila iPad Leather Envelope is exactly that. Genuine leather on the outside, soft padded fabric on the inside, and sealed with an authentic mailer flap lock, the Manila Leather Envelope is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. BUY

iPad Case #16 – SpeciesCase at Etsy: Another great Etsy find, the Traveler Leather iPad Case by SpeciesCase is another example of minimal, masculine beauty. The case is constructed from high-quality tooling leather and lined with wool felt for extra padding and protection. Entirely handmade and hand-stitched, this case- like a fine wine- will only improve with age. BUY

iPad Case #17 – Gucci: Gucci strikes iPad gold again, this time in the form of a close-fitting cover made from black micro GG silicone. With its diamond-shaped pattern of Gs, and prominent Gucci logo, this case leaves no doubts about your fine taste in electronics accessories. BUY

iPad Case #18 – julieboyles at Etsy: If you can’t decide which you love more – athletics or electronics – this is the case for you. The Antique Tan Leather Memo Style iPad Case by julieboyles features the designer’s signature baseball stitching up the sides, combining classic style and technology with the sporting world. Everything about this case is done by hand, from the side stitching to the leather treatment to the edging, and monogramming can be included at no additional charge. BUY

iPad Case #19 – Selvedge: Your legs are not the only things that look great outfitted in denim. The Selvedge Denim iPad Sleeve is made from White Oak raw selvedge Cone denim, and lined with 100% melton wool. A matching iPhone case is available for the man who believes that well-coordinated accessories are the key to superior style. BUY

iPad Case #20 – Carga: Carga caters to all your Apple needs by offering a wide variety of exquisite leather cases for Apple products. The iPad sleeve, like all of Carga’s Apple cases, is made from a single piece of vegetable tanned leather. The piece is free from unnecessary hardware of any kind, like zippers and magnets, and is instead sealed with an elastic closure. BUY

iPad Case #21 – Parabellum: The Bison Leather iPad Portfolio is a stunning accessory for any stylish technophile. The leather-and-lamb-skin portfolio, handcrafted in Italy, is closed with a dual military-grade ceramic-covered fastening, and reinforced with elastic and leather corner tabs. To guarantee authenticity, each Parabellum portfolio is individually numbered. BUY

iPad Case #22 – TravelTeq: Travel in style with the TravelTeq leather iPad case. Each case is unique and handmade (you could even say they are made on a ‘case by case’ basis!) in Italy, from top quality Florentine Vachetta leather and alcantara lining. The case can be adjusted for use in three different positions. BUY

iPad Case #23 – MailSack: Going green never looked so good! The Recycled MailSack iPad Case is exactly what it sounds like – a tablet case made from repurposed mail sacks. Handmade from sturdy canvas and ultrasuede collected from companies with remnant scraps, no two MailSack cases look exactly alike. This case brings a whole new meaning to ‘going postal.’ BUY

iPad Case #24 – Jil Sander: Orange is the new black. This sleek iPad case is designed to be a minimalist and clean-cut articulation of the iconic gadget that it houses. In this instance the leather used has been coloured a brilliant orange, one of the many bold colour-splashes present in Jil Sander’s menswear collection this season.

iPad Case #25 – CÉLINE: The CÉLINE iPad Case Box made its debut at a preview showcasing of the designer’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, and it’s been making a splash ever since. The zippered case box is made from sleek, top-of-the-line leather, and features two inner compartments – one designed to hold documents and cards, the other designated for the iPad itself. With a retail price of $24,000, this case exists for one thing and one thing only: luxury.

THERE YOU HAVE IT. OUR 25 FRESHEST IPAD CASES. IF WE’VE MISSED ANY, PLEASE LEY US KNOW.

30 Aug, 2011

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor