I didn’t do great at school. It’s fair to say that standard academia wasn’t quite right for me. But where I did feel most at home was when tasked with anything visual. I may not have been able to tell you the square root of…well anything, or explain the ins and outs of photosynthesis but ask me to draw a caricature of the teacher in your jotter or write your name in graffiti lettering and I found it a doddle. So, a few years ago when I discovered that Apple had introduce a digital pencil that allowed you to write and doodle on an iPad, I was overjoyed. Whenever I struggle to find the right words to type, I switch over to sketching on my trusty Steve Jobs-designed tablet. Like my creative cranium, iPads are delicate wee things, and need to be protected accordingly. And since I am militant about wearing a helmet when I cycle my bike, I feel my iPad Pro needs an adequate level of protection as well.
Many moons ago, I was awarded an A in Design & Technology at A Level (we don’t need to talk about my other results). So when I discover Woolnut, I feel a natural affinity with their collection of sensationally designed iPad sleeves. This Scandinavian company focuses on majestic minimalism whist ensuring maximum protection. Using organic materials, their vegetable tanned full-grain leather is derived from their home country and allows for designs that I could only have dreamed of producing in art class.
Pairing perfectly with the exterior leather is 100% natural wool on the inside of the iPad sleeve. This wool is not only serenely soft, it is also water-repellent, which is very welcome during this apocalyptic winter we are having here in the UK. I opt for the Cognac-coloured 11 inch version of this sleeve; however, Woolnut also offer a 12.9 option for those with the superior model. I’m still able to charge my iPad with the sleeve on and it fits the device perfectly, keeping it snug yet with all ports still easily accessible.
Having a right-side dominant brain, it probably comes as no surprise that I am a huge lover of photography. Whilst I admit that the cameras on iPhones are pretty spectacular these days, I still carry my point-and-shoot everywhere I go. The beauty of my Canon 6D is that I’m able to transfer the 20.2 megapixel images to my iPad via Wi-Fi for quick editing in Lightroom. Now if only I could find a camera strap that would match the sleeve of my tablet. Oh hello, Woolnut. Yes, that’s right, I now proudly own stylishly coordinated iPad and camera protection. Life is good, thanks to my new favourite Swedish brand.
The attention to detail is incredible on the camera strap (which fits almost any camera). Once again, the strap boasts premium leather and soft native wool to sit soothingly on your neck. It even has gentle insulation padding for prolonged carrying. I’m not sure whether this will help me take better photos, but it will definitely make me look like I know what I am doing. The adjustable length allows the most dedicated of hipsters to hang their Great Grandad’s first camera from their shoulder as the ultimate vintage accessory, or for those more serious enthusiasts like myself who do it for a profession, it offers changeable lengths to suit any situation.
Proudly outfitted with iPad under arm and camera around neck, I realise that I finally look like the man I’d have pictured as my 36-year-old self during my school days. I might even get a Woolnut passport holder to complete the image.
To get yourself an iPad sleeve, camera strap or any other of Woolnut’s prestigious products, visit their website and follow them on Instagram.
John Harfield is a travel writer and photographer based in Edinburgh and one of our regular contributors.
Photographs courtesy of Woolnut
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