Silicon Valley may seem worlds apart from Milan Fashion Week, but in recent years, a growing number of luxury brands have turned their attention to tech and, more specifically, the accessories that accompany it.
As a result, labels both small and mighty have created distinctly un-nerdy ranges capable of housing gadgets without making us look like an IT consultant (no offence nerds or, indeed, IT consultants).
To separate the Wii from the chaff, we’ve collated the best designer tech accessories.
Montblanc Meisterstück Leather Briefcase
Dress for the job you want, as the old cliché goes, so add some chief executive chic to your armoury. Montblanc – German purveyor of corporate-friendly cases – has crafted a sleek leather laptop holder-cum-briefcase that’s more Apple than Apprentice. You’re hired.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £785.
Cover-Up Woodback Skin
Take tech back to nature with a handcrafted real wood skin from Welsh firm Cover-Up. Available for laptops, tablets and phones, the sustainable, genuine Carpathian Elm finish will give a rough and ready vibe to even the most clinical of workstations.
Available at Cover-Up, priced £39.95.
Louis Vuitton iPad Case
Heavy branding may be gauche on a truckload of travel trunks, but for a hint of logomania, Louis Vuitton’s hardcase iPad cover is the ultimate. With an ultra-slim design and durable leather construction, it’s blatant, sure, but that’s what makes it all the more brilliant.
Available at Louis Vuitton, priced £265.
Knomo iPhone 7 Premium Folio
Sir Jonathan Ive doesn’t slave over every edition of the iPhone to have it ruined by a tacky novelty case. Ditch the rubber monstrosities for a premium phone folio from leather goods specialist Knomo. Wrap-around cushioning, multiple card slots and a stand make for a more practical statement.
Available at Knomo, priced £49.
Native Union Belt Cable
Swap a Spaghetti Junction of cables for a more palatable offering from Native Union. The Hong Kong-based design firm’s chevron-detailed leads come with a genuine leather tab to keep everything tidy for the perfect #DeskGoals Instagram shot.
Available at Native Union, priced £24.99.
Victorinox Flapover Drawstring Laptop Backpack
A multi-buckled mesh backpack does no one’s style any favours. That’s not to say casual carriers are off-limits, mind. Victorinox’s tech-friendly flapover design has room for every device going without turning you into Inspector Gadget.
Available at Victorinox, priced £90.
This Is Ground Tech Dopp Kit
First deployed to GIs in WWII, the grooming dopp kit has been repurposed to suit the needs of modern, tech-savvy men. Cut from premium and durable leather, and with compartments for phones, tablets and cables galore, LA-based This Is Ground’s version deserves nothing less than a medal of honour.
Available at Bear & Bear, priced £125.
Native Union Marble Apple Watch Dock
A handsome timepiece deserves an equally attractive home when not in use. Native Union’s Apple Watch dock is carved from a solid marble base that magnetically holds the smartwatch in place while also charging it. Marbleous.