Col. Littleton Cases Now Available For iPad 2! If you haven’t looked at Griffin for some time, it’s time to look again. They have been revamping their iPad accessory lineup with some exciting new additions. Recently, they have teamed up with Colonel Littleton to design a line of iPad cases, covers, and bags that are simple outstanding. Colonel Littleton is a legendary designer and manufacturer of fine accouterments in the americana tradition. Specializing in the highest quality hand crafted leather goods, he personally designs and crafts his items to last for generations. Griffin has stuck pay dirt with this partnership and these cases are by far some of the most luxurious leather iPad 2 cases we’ve seen so far! Check them out after the jump!
Reportedly this case was designed by Col. Littleton for his own personal use when he first got his iPad. It is an interesting design, constructed from thick, high quality, American dry-milled leather that protects and ages gracefully. It fits the iPad like a leather glove and has an interesting hinged front flap that will shut to cover the iPad screen. There are cutouts and holes in all the usual places to allow access to all the ports and controls. One of the coolest features of this case is that it can be personalized just for you with a three letter embossed Monogram on the top to make it truly one-of-a-kind. The No. 1 Docker Leather iPad Folio is available starting at $167.5 from Griffin.
This leather iPad clutch is a beautifully designed iPad sleeve that works great for your iPad if you have a different case, or like to keep the tablet in its birthday suit. This case has a flap that folds over and protects your iPad while in transit so you can carry it like a clutch or slip it into your briefcase. There is another pocket along with smaller pen and business card dividers inside as well for carrying documents, and keeping your other necessary items organized. All this is secured by a clever leather strap with a brass ball and stud closure. The clutch also can be monogrammed and embossed to make it uniquely yours. The No. 2 Leather iPad Clutch is available starting at $176 from Griffin.
The iPad Pocket is a leather slip cover is a soft leather iPad sleeve with a beautiful unique design. Edge stitched for reinforcement, this is designed to fit the iPad and nothing else. The solid brass hardware is exactly the same as what is used on WWII leather goods, so you also are getting a piece of American history with this case. This case, like all their items, is handmade in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville, Tennessee and is warranted by Col. Littleton. All their goods require a few extra days for shipping since they are hand made, and may be monogrammed for a few extra dollars to make it the perfect gift for your iPad loving friends. The No. 5 iPad Pocket is available starting at $157.5 from Griffin.
This iPad portfolio combines the best of both the digital and the analog worlds with the iPad on the left side and a legal sized pad of paper on the right. This is the perfect portfolio for the classy businessman in the family. The iPad fits into a sleeve that has cutouts for all the necessary ports and controls. It includes a hinged window to protect the iPad’s screen when closed, and has pockets on the inside flap for documents, business cards, pens, and other items. The leather is of the highest quality dry-milled American steer hide, and the brass hardware on the clasp is outstanding. This too may be personalized to make it a one-of-a-kind give for yourself or your boss. The No. 21 iPad Portfolio is available starting at $349.5 at Griffin.
This is a classic piece of Americana, designed like a saddlebag, but for your iPad as you ride the iron horse to work (a.k.a. the subway). The dry-milled leather is soft yet very rugged to withstand everything you might face in the wild west of the financial district. The bag is big enough to carry your iPad along with other essential items and a few non-essentials as well. There is a built-in pocket to hold your iPad safely and securely. along with other pockets and organizers for magazines, pens, documents, and business cards. The hardware really stands out on this bag, from the copper bar that holds the shoulder straps in place to the brass shield for the ball and stud closure. Your iPad is doubly protected with this case since the top flap swings over the entire bag and holds everything firmly in place. The No. 36 Trekker iPad Bag is available starting at $425 from Griffin.
We saved the best for last. The No. 42 Courier bag which is a larger bag designed to hold everything a modern business man could need. There is room for your iPad along with your laptop in one stylish attaché case. Colonel Littleton says of this case “Maybe I’ve watched Casablanca too many times, but this bag looks as if it should be used to transport secret documents to be exchanged in the middle of a bridge on a foggy night.” We are inclined to agree. There is something sophisticated and vintage about this leather case. It is stunning in its simplicity and yet beautiful in it’s details. From the lock and chain holding the strap closed to the unique serial number on the front to the copper tube along the top that the strap and handle are attached to, this bag is a relic of a bygone era when God was found in the details and quality and workmanship took precedence over profit and mass production. Plus it’s our favorite number: 42. The No. 42 Courier Bag is on pre-order right now starting at $695 from Griffin.
We are happy to see Griffin team up to Col. Littleton and create some truly outstanding and memorable iPad cases that have a unique style all their own. The prices are high, but these are cases that will last for generations, likely longer than your iPad will! We are going to be counting our pennies until we have enough to get ourselves one of those No. 42 Courier bags! Now, we’ll leave you with a heart warmingly American video featuring Colonel Littleton himself and the Griffin Technologies team: