The Best iPhone 5 Accessories So Far…

Posted by // November 17th, 2012 // Product Design No Comments »

The announcement of the sixth generation iPhone in September launched a mass frenzy for manufacturers as third parties fought to quickly develop and release peripherals and accessories. This was especially necessary as the iPhone 5 is eighteen percent thinner and twenty percent lighter than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. At just seven point six millimetres thick, Apple claims it is the thinnest smartphone in the world. Not only that, the new lightning dock meant that many peripheral devices were now obsolete or awkward to use with the need for an adapter.

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We have scoured the online world to find some of the best iPhone 5 accessories made by small businesses and start-ups.

Sharp Shirter is a Maryland, U.S.A. based business founded in 2004 by Dan Lachman. It makes clothing, assessories and artwork based on unusual interactions between animals and humans. Products are manufactured in the U.S. Our particular favourites from the collection are the iPhone 5 cases below that represent a tough woodsman punching a bear and a deep-sea diver punching a shark. Both are made from hard plastic with a glossy finish.

Sharp Shirter online store

Annemieke Westerman is a Dutch designer living in Rotterdam who specialises in creating accessories for smartphones, tablet computers and laptop bags. Her business,, specifically uses wool felt, leather and rubber to manufacture protective yet tasteful products. Handmade in her workshop, Annemieke products are eco-friendly with the wool being a sustainable material and the rubber (for the bags) sourced from used bicycle tyres. This wool felt and leather iPhone sleeve features a cardholder at the front with a range of dimensions available to suit the latest iPhone and older models. Each sleeve is made to order and can be customised, for example, it can be made slightly larger if the buyer uses a cover. website

Farrago Bags make accessories for Apple products using genuine Italian leather. Made in Budapest, Hungary, each item can be personalised with a monogram containing up to three letters that makes each purchase unique. The wallet below is available in a range of colours with orange and turquoise being our preferred choices. The white stitching contrasts with the bright calfskin to create a vibrant accessory capable of holding the smartphone, banknotes, wallet and multiple cards. The leather is vegetable tanned with no chemicals involved in the production process. It would be ideal for a businessman to keep in his briefcase / messenger bag or for a woman to store in her handbag. The monogram is engraved in the bottom right corner of the face.

Farrago Bags online store

As previously shown with our article on Haydanhuya, we are a big fan of things made from wood. Riverton Woodcraft make iPhone cases in California, U.S.A. from locally sourced hardwood. Available in American cherry, walnut or mixed hardwoods, each case is finished with natural matte tung oil. They hold the iPhone 5 tightly and snap into place when inserted.

Riverton Woodcraft online store

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