The excitement of the impending release of Apple’s newest model, the iPhone 7, is accompanied by a launch of finely handcrafted wood and leather accessories.
Portland-based company Grovemade specializes in designing beautiful leather and wood accessories for both tech devices and for the home. In addition to their Apple-based collections — which coincide with each new release — they also make speakers, watches, planters, pocket knives, and more.
But the company’s iPhone accessories are what often draw the most attention, and they’re currently the company’s main focus. Grovemade offers numerous options (including wood-only cases and leather and wood combinations), and aims to provide the best wooden iPhone cases available in the marketplace. In addition to their cases, they make a hybrid wallet case, featuring solid walnut wood and vegetable-tanned leather, that provides security for both the device itself and for any cash or cards the user wants to carry — eliminating the need for a conventional wallet.
Although not as durable or as practical as other payment carrying options, Grovemade’s typical customer is more likely to purchase based on appearance, rather than efficiency. With their decidedly minimalist design, Grovemade’s accessories serve as fashion statements and status symbols more than anything else. Still, there’s a real market for their products among both hipster millennials and industry professionals alike.
As the popularity of the iPhone continues to grow, smartphone owners are seeking out high-quality, aesthetically pleasing accessories to accompany their trusted gadgets. And the draw of using a natural material like leather has a definitive, world-wide appeal. Although many leather products are made within the U.S., some companies employ experienced technicians and artists to create and construct leather products in Mexico and China.
But part of Grovemade’s appeal is their transparency about their Portland-based workshop. With this newest collection, Grovemade has expanded the leather-based accessories realm to include the technological extensions of our bodies: our phones.