Associated with both luxury and controversy, wearing fur is known for polarising opinion.
And now, it’s not just our bodies we are adorning with fur, but our gadgets. We’re not sure why you’d want to keep your iPad warm and cosy, but clearly designer Phillip Lim thinks nothing but the best will do for Apple’s high-end devices.
The Bangkok-born fashion designer has come up with a range that will certainly set your case apart from the sea of business-like black leather offerings on the market.
Phillip Lim is best known for his high-end fashion creations. Having co-founded the Los Angeles-based fashion label Development in 2000, he went on to co-found 3.1 Phillip Lim with his friend Wen Zhou.
His eponymous line has since won both critical and commercial success, with the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarding him the award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2007, followed by the Swarovski award for Menswear in 2012.
Lim’s designs have featured countless times in the fashion bible Vogue, with the magazine praising him for creating “pretty but cool clothes” that “don’t try too hard,” and noting: “Lim knows how fashionable women want to dress”.
And, he is one of the featured designers on Net-a-Porter, which describes the women who wear Lim 3.1 as “cool, contemporary and utterly feminine”, adding: “Lim’s sophisticated aesthetic fuses understated luxury with a truly unique New York feel.”
Lim has now turned his attentions to clothing our high-end gizmos. Sold under his 3.1 Phillip Lim label, his new iPad case in rabbit fur comes in soft black or an eye-catching bright green.
Not only does it have a rabbit fur outer, but it is lined with leather to keep your iPad safe and secure. And, it will certainly make a fashion statement.
It has a magnetic closure and zipper sides. Taking inspiration from lucky rabbit’s foot keyrings, it has ball chain zipper pulls.
The case is a stylish way to carry around your iPad while protecting it at the same time. It looks more like an oversized clutch bag than a computer sleeve.
But it could prove controversial. Wearing, or indeed carrying, fur, tends to polarise opinion. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) famously runs the Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.
The item, dubbed “the most luxurious iPad case to date” has already garnered angry comments from forum users. One said: “Does your iPad need to keep warm by wearing a piece of rabbit fur? What a disgusting idea of luxury.”
For those who do want to buy Lim’s design, the cost may be off putting. It will set you back $750, more than some iPad models. Although, if you have opted for the 64GB retina display model for $829, you could be carrying around more than $1500 of kit with the iPad and its new furry case. It should certainly prove a talking point when you unzip your iPad to give a presentation in the boardroom.