THEY SAY IT’S what’s inside that counts, but I’m a pretty firm believer that the outside should be pretty solid too. They also say that style is in the details, which I am undoubtedly on board with. The best way to show that you extend a strong sense of personal panache to all that you own? Add a touch of cool to everyday items with beautiful cases for accoutrements of all kinds, transforming the most mundane of practical accessories into the majestic. Friends and strangers alike will be awed that you took the time to go that extra mile.
Buying pretty cases also has an additional benefit, particularly for those of us who are a little charmingly unkempt: Even if your cracked iPhone is several generations old, your passport dog-chewed, and your reading glasses ancient, the world need not know. You can sheath even your most overused (if still so important) items in cases that add a sleek armor of style.
I lose eyeglasses the way some people lose packets of gum or ChapStick, but maybe I’d be a bit more careful if I had a patterned case this stylish. I always feel a bit dorky rummaging through my tote to find my spectacles too, but the glasses geek factor is nonexistent when Goyard (and the classic Goyard pattern) enters the picture. SHOP NOW
Yes, it’s time to ditch the cheap, soft, rubbery laptop case for something smarter and made from a grown-up material like leather. We’ve already shown you that Métier makes just about the best weekender bag on the market, but they’ve also got just about the chicest laptop case around, as unassuming and understated as it is elegant. The black case, the color of midnight, looks like something a spy might use to protect all that top-secret information sitting on the computer within. SHOP NOW
If you travel a lot, you know that while passports are quite durable and dependable, they do end up looking the worse for wear after too many trips. This is an ID that you keep for 10 years, so why let it wither and bruise? Hermès, the epitome of quality leather and French luxury, has (no surprise) the coolest solution to this problem: a passport cover available in a variety of neutral and jewel tones with a dainty little snap closure. SHOP NOW
Alex Frank Writer
Alex Frank is a contributing editor at Departures. Based in Manhattan, Frank previously worked at Vogue.com as deputy culture editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Pitchfork, New York Magazine, Fantastic Man, and the Village Voice.