I’ve never been a big fan of those bulky iPhone cases. When I bought my first iPhone a couple of years ago, I decided to look around for something different. I came across Vaja, an Argentine company that makes leather cases for all sorts of gadgets. I love their designs; simple and elegant. Back then, I opted for a case from a local retailer instead because the Vaja cases were 2-3x more expensive and required about 25 days to custom make the order.
Two years later, I have a new phone, and I’m in the market for a new leather case. I grew tired of my old one, and more importantly it’s too big for the iPhone 4S. On the first day with my new phone, I nearly dropped it on the ground because the old case was so loose!
So, after looking around, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Vaja case online.
The customization was a breeze. I selected the style of case, chose the colour and type of leather I wanted, and finally decided on an accent colour. Registration for the checkout was optional. The order confirmation stated it would take 25 days to ship. Vaja promised to send me a FedEx tracking number once they had shipped.
I chose the Retro Slim Bag case. It’s priced at US$55 + $23 Shipping (US$78.00). I waited patiently for the tracking number, but it never came. Instead, 10 days after I placed my order, I came home to a FedEx package in my mailbox!
Vaja delivered on its promises. The quality of the craftsmanship is obvious. The cowhide leather is smooth and soft. There are no lose stitches; no frays on the trim, and certainly no mars or scratches. The embossed silver Vaja logo adds a touch of class. The Retro Slim Bag case is so thin it adds very little bulk to the phone. It’s definitely one of the slimmest cases I’ve found – and yet the inside of the sleeve is still lined with a soft protective fabric that keeps the front and back of the iPhone clean.
The phone sits snugly in the case; no more worries about dropped phones.
This case isn’t for everyone. Many people would probably think it too simple: it offers no hole for the camera, and no opening for the jack at the bottom of the phone. It reveals only the edge of the phone – just enough to toggle the silent/ring switch.
I’ve looked at other cases that offer camera and connector cut-outs, but I’ve always found these designs detract from the simplicity and elegance I like.
If you can’t tell already, I’m very happy I made the purchase. Here are some photos of the Vaja Retro Slim Bag for iPhone 4/4S.