Age is catching up with me; fortunately, this newfound maturity also means a new outlook towards spending less but paying more for quality. I spoke with Eric Heins of Corter Bags recently and I’ve come to admire craftsman more and more, preferring the bespoke lifestyle over mass production. And while almost all of your wardrobe can be bespoke, your phone rarely is.
Custom iPhone 4 with SLED cases
Founded in 2011, Sled founders Chris and Zack handcrafted leather and wood products in Boston and New York. Using only natural materials and casting an eye towards distinctive patterns and textures, they applied these design principles to their 2nd passion- the iPhone.
Beginning with the SLED Runner- a genuine leather and birch wood case back replacement for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, SLED case backs replace the fragile glass (my wife chipped hers 3 weeks into ownership) with something that is not only unique and full of luxurious monogram and embossed “coat of arms” possibilities but also adds real warmth and character to the ubiquitous smart phone.
The best part? The case backs are available for both black AND white iPhones. Installation is a very simple affair with 2 sets of handy screwdrivers for different screw heads (depending on which region you either get the cross or the pentagram shaped screws) and when done in the correct manner- the modification doesn’t void your warranty. Just make sure to replace the glass when bringing the phone in for Genius Bar servicing. [Shop here]