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Netherlands-based Mujjo has carved a sizable niche for itself in recent times, as a purveyor of classy, premium (AKA not-cheap) gadget accessories. We’ve previously looked at Mujjo’s range of slick felt and leather cases for iPhones, iPads and Macs, though the company is also known for its mobile-centric touchscreen gloves.
Mujjo has recently released two new lines of sleeves – the Low-Key Collection and Understated Collection, the former arriving in black, the latter in tan. We managed to get our hands on one of the Understated sleeves for the iPad mini, to see what it’s all about.
As with its other products, Mujjo says it has designed every sleeve from the ground up, with every component and piece of material developed by the company itself, in conjunction with the manufacturer.
“We spent months perfecting our leather, and managed to find ways to make it more durable, denser, and soft to touch,” explains Mujjo co-founder Tom Canters. “We also focused on its character. The leather wears in with use and acquires beautiful patina and polish over time.”
Strong words for sure, but how does it actually look and feel?
The slim-fit sleeves for iPhone 5s, iPad iPad mini and iPad Air are actually cut from a single piece of vegetable-tanned leather, but the way it’s been folded and stitched gives the impression it has multiple layers – especially with the pocket on the front. A single stitch has been used around the bottom and right-hand side to hold it all in place.
With the iPad mini version, I was able to squeeze the tablet in with its existing smart cover still attached, which means I didn’t have to decide between cases – there are benefits to being able to perch your iPad against the folds on the existing cover, while encasing it all inside the Mujjo.
That said, many people will want to use the Mujjo case on its own, and the iPad glides in and out easily without feeling too ‘loose’ inside.
The styles differ too, depending on what you’re looking for. There are envelope-type cases with straps across the front, as well as a zipped-version for a MacBook.
The prices range from €44.95 ($62) for a leather iPhone 5s wallet case, through to €84.95 ($117) for an iPad Air sleeve. And the iPad mini sleeve we sampled comes in at a hefty €69.95 ($97), which certainly lends it well to gifting – though if you enjoy pampering yourself with luxurious tablet cases, then the price won’t deter you.
At any rate, there’s little question these babies are quality – they are soft, elegant and ooze class. But you’ll have to dig a little deep if you want to get your hands on one.
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