When I own a MacBook Air, this leather bag will be its home

{ Posted on Mar 17 2009 by david }
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2802_aristamahogany.jpgHaving the sexiest laptop in your possession, it’s only fitting that one get a equally uber-cool bag. And in general, there should be a law against putting a $2000 work of art in a $20 black laptop bag. After looking through hundreds of bags from around the world, I’ve settled on what I believe to be the best mix of form, function, and beauty – the Orbino Arista featuring handstained mahogany leather (pictured at right).

In the resources below I have included links to many of the sites I looked through in the quest to find my ultimate MacBook Air laptop bag. They should give you a good starting point for finding the bag that you love most.

It should go without saying, but I will anyway – as with anything fashionable, women have a much larger selection of cool, stylish and funky MacBook Air cases than men.

Here are some typical, safe, laptop bag alternatives if fashion isn’t a concern: uggghh, ‘khaki pants and sneakers’, death by extreme black-neoprene boredom.


[updated 2009.03.19] – added Kenakai.com to the list

Orbino.com – look no further than Orbino for stunning leather cases for iPods, laptops, handbags, etc.

kolobags.com has an incredible selection of men’s laptop bags.

  • knomo by kolobag is my second favorite. It’s a very stylish choice, though not sized especially for the Air.

Waterfield Bags has a large selection of different styles, all look very high quality.

Tom Bihn has a small selection of bags for the Air, most are technically complex.

Built NY has some fun cases fashioned from neoprene, if you’re into that sort of thing.

MacCase.com carries a whole bunch of stylish cases for the Air.

Mobile Edge offers a huge selection of well made bags, Unfortunately the ones for men are more on the safe side of fashion, though the women’s cases are cute.

LaptopStuff has a nice selection of funky and hip bags and cases.

Case-Mate.com offers mainly sleeves for the Air.

Brenthaven has some interesting styles, including several which are airport-scanner friendly.

Timbuk2 offers a solid line of tough, durable bags and cases though mostly of the messenger-style. If you really want something special, try their Build Your Own Bag wizard.

IGIO.com leans towards the boring side, but their Brain Bucket Mini (in color Wasabe) is ok.

Only sleeves

  • Kenakai.com has some fabulously rich sleeves for MacBooks, unfortunately not MacBook Air specific.
  • Wrappers has fun sleeves for different things.

Aggregators, blogs, etc.

  • BizRate.com is a store aggregator. They list products from elsewhere.

4 Responses to “When I own a MacBook Air, this leather bag will be its home”

  1. David – Excellent piece and we totally agree with you about the ‘style’ aspect of the majority of today’s offerings. As you mention there are some fun and cool companies that are producing great designs. Our company, Kena Kai (kenakai.com), currently produces several Italian leather sleeves for the MacBooks that you might want to check out. Additionally, we will soon be launching several new styles that will be stylish alternatives to neoprene. In our view the world really does not need another neoprene sleeve! Many thanks!

  2. Hi Geb! Your company, kenakai.com, has some beautiful things on offer – I especially love the Ostrich computer sleeves! They so HAWT! :) I look forward to seeing the new items when you release them.
    Thank you for dropping by and taking the time to comment!

  3. leather bags are nice specially if you get the original ones that are made by Prada or Gucci ::

  4. A little late to chime in here, but I’m coveting this one:


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