Back in April, when I first posted about the Beyza Cases MacBook Air Thinvelope Leather Case, I made the comment that if they created “this same style case, but with white stitching for the MacBook Pro 15, then I [would] have to put my order in immediately.” My contact Ali wrote to say that although they weren’t planning on making the Thinvelope for the MBP, the tan one did come in the color combination I wanted, and he would be sending it “ASAP, with your name. Maybe you’ll get a MacBook Air.”
Not very likely, I thought at the time; but in an almost prescient way, Ali turned out to be right. 😉
Available in flo tan – which looks like a pebbly textured leather, smooth tan, black, antique black, antique brown – which in the picture reminds me of bomber jacket leather, and flo red, the Thinvelope is a sumptuous leather wrap made to protect your Air without adding a lot of bulk. As promised, mine came in tan leather with white stitching, and it was embossed with my name…and yes, you’ve probably noticed that I am a sucker for personalization.
The Thinvelope comes in a silver on black embossed box which is suitable for gift giving.
The back side of the box lists the Thinvelope’s particulars, but it still won’t prepare you for what’s inside…
Just as designer bag’s will include a sleeper, the Thinvelope comes with a fabric storage bag. It reminds me of the old-school sleeper bags which used to come with Louis Vuittons; I would find that to be only one of several similarities…
Once free of its sleeper, the Thinvelope’s gorgeous tan leather is revealed. Contrasting white stitching is used to highlight the envelope shape, and all seams and edges are perfectly finished. The Thinvelope measures approximately 14″ wide x 10″ tall x 0.5″ thick.
The tan leather reminds me of Louis Vuitton’s Beyza Cases line, and if the stitching were yellow, then I would seriously have to do a double-take. But instead of a discreetly embossed LV on the bottom right, there is an equally discreet embossed Beyza Cases’ logo on the envelope’s flap.
On the middle bottom of the backside, there is another discreetly embossed log – this one says “beyzacases”.
Lifting the envelope’s flap reveals the last comparison which I will make to Louis Vuitton: the interior appears to be lined in a sueded fabric which is remarkably similar to the Alcantra linings that Louis uses; heck, I am going to go ahead and call it Alcantra because it nearly exactly matches a Vuitton’s interior. This is a good thing because Alcantra is extremely soft and it won’t scratch the item held within; it is also easy to clean, usually needing just a quick wipe with a moist sponge if dirt happens to get on it. Adding to the protection is the light padding between the layers of leather and Alcantra on each side.
The Air fits tightly inside the Thinvelope; there is no extra room for cables or accessories, this sleeve is all about the Air.
Once it’s been placed inside, the Air can be carried in the Thinvelope as a clutch; it can also be placed inside a larger bag without fear of the Air somehow getting dinged.
The $215 Thinvelope is absolutely gorgeous, and it provides luxurious protection without the French designer’s obscene price tag; the fact that this one has my name on it makes it even better.
The Beyza Cases MacBook Air Thinvelope Leather Case is available directly from the manufacturer.
Source: Manufacturer provided review sample
What I Like: Absolutely gorgeous; very well made; slim protection for the MacBook Air; can be carried on its own or placed in a larger bag; although the price may seem high at first, the quality is on par with items costing many times as much
What Needs Improvement: Nothing