The iPod and iPhone aren’t exactly the most original gadget – we see them hooked up to ears of loads of individuals everywhere we turn. But at least you can get original with the way you tote it around.
We love independent designers, and Blythe King is no exception. Her patented iSockits are a one-of-a-kind way to express your individuality, where fashion meets function in a hand-made case.
In 2005, Blythe’s collection of vintage fabrics and immaculate seamstress talent resulted in developing a line of recycled, functional solutions for protecting your iPods, iPhone, Blackberry, MacBook and NintendoDS.
“I originally designed the iSockit to protect portable electronics from getting scratched and scuffed while being tossed among all the things we carry in our bags, backpacks, purses, and coat pockets,” she explains. And to that, we concur – it’s easy to get careless, tossing your gear into your purse only to have unfortunate meetings with your keys.
We’ve had the opportunity to review her Hackberry iSockit Deluxe. Designed from her signature vintage fabrics, it’s a wonderfully soft wool with a simple brass button.
Her Deluxe design includes a front pocket, the perfect size for a few bills, cards, keys, or your headphones. The vintage button closure ensures safety, but also gives you easy access to whatever you stow.
High quality design
The quality is obvious – it’s durably reinforced, with added padding to ensure protection – and taking a close look at the seams, it is clear that it’s made with care. She uses fabric from various dressmakers’ estates and a button from an old Japanese boarding school uniform – but don’t let this fool you. The iSockits aren’t “second-hand” in the least – the look, feel, and function surpasses anything developed from brand-new materials.
It’s the little things…
Blythe goes the extra step with details that give her creations an extra boost. We love the sewn in “bk” (for Blythe King) emblem in the back of the iSockit, and her creative touch with the addition of a luggage tag inside, featuring the information about the specific case. Aside from the padding to keep your gadget protected, no new materials are purchased in making her products – making it a sustainable solution!
Bonus points for Blythe
We always love when eco-friendly companies practice what they preach – and in Blythe’s case, she surely does. Minimal materials were used in shipping – in fact, she uses recycled brown paper bags from the market for packaging. But that’s not all – she included a letter written on vintage typewriting paper (which she also uses for the packaging labels). We love it.
The Hackberry iSockit Deluxe easily can fit your iPod Classic or Touch, iPhone (including 3G), BlackBerry Curve 8900. It also fit my Canon Powershot camera with ease, as an alternative.
Hackberry iSockit Deluxe
Includes: front pocket with button closure.
Pocket: about 2″x3″, 5.1×7.6cm
Case: fits approximately 4.5″x 2.5″x.5″, 11.7×6.4×1.3cm.