Valentine Goods iPhone 4 Leather Backs
Editor’s Note: About a year ago, I was in the market for a minimal leather iPhone case. At the time, I had a 3GS so I decided to go with one of Corter’s slim cases. Around that time, Jamie at Valentine Goods shot me an email and introduced me to his products. Now that I’ve picked up an iPhone 4S, I jumped at his offer. Many thanks to Jamie for sending me some units to review — a gloss black leather back, a limited stingray leather back, and one of their new iPad 2 leather backs.
I was interested in the Valentine Goods line because they’re simple, minimalistic and add very little weight and bulk to the phone. However, coming from a 3GS, I still wanted to add a little thickness to the phone to fit better in my hand. I opted for the gloss black and stingray because they add about 2.0mm thickness to the case, offering adequate scratch protection for the iPhone’s glass back. You can see here everything fits flushly and applies easily via a 3M adhesive back (it can be applied and reapplied). One disadvantage of having an interchangeable back is the possibility of accidentally peeling the back off if it catches the lip of your pocket or something.
The stingray back has this interesting ‘bubble’ type texture to it. It gives a unique tactile feel to it when holding the phone, potentially offering better grip than a bare backed phone. I personally prefer the smooth gloss black because that’s the type of leather grain feel I’m familiar with, but for people looking for something eye-catching and unique, it could work for you.
Overall, the Valentine Goods backs are a stylish way to customize your iPhone while adding some protection. Due to the limitations of being an adhesive backing, this product doesn’t offer ultimate protection for your phone. It can protect from scratches but look elsewhere for complete shock/impact resistance and waterproofing. Still, it works as a great middle ground between style and utility, and allows for further customization with the addition of a ‘bumper’ style case. I have found a winning combination by pairing the gloss black backing with an aluminum bumper-style case. This helps protect the edges of the case and because the bumper and backing sit flushly together, it mitigates the chance of accidental peeling.
Check out these pictures and some shots of the iPad 2 case here: flickr.
Valentine Goods iPhone 4 Leather Backs
submitted by bauer
Perhaps I am not “operating” in the same reality as the people posting on this site and I certainly am not trying to judge anyone’s lifestyle. I’m very much about freedom to do what you like, especially when its as harmless as the displaying of one’s kit. -but I am interested from an academic perspective on your thoughts of marketer’s cultivation of grown men as boyish consumers. My gut feeling is that a large percentage of “Everyday Carry” items never see useful operation but are merely for display. When I was a boy I thumbed through the back of comics and kung fu magazines to catch a glimspe of all the gouge that could be purchased but never had the means. As an adult I finally have the cash to get all those things but still don’t have the enemies, foreign or domestic, to vanquish. Imagined risk without accompanying horrors. Call of Duty without the actual duty. Red Dawn from a comfy bed. It is a marketer’s dream. I could be wrong. Perhaps my workaday existence is the outlier and the norm is a chaotic dangerous existence rendered tame with tactical flashlights and titanium sporks. I conclude that, in my perhaps unwelcome and certainly irrelevant opinion, this is another manifestation of our hyper consumptive state of affairs. However, in the spirit of it all, I will offer that I do get a lot of use out of these Red Wing steel toe oxfords. Thoughts?
Editor’s Note: I might be feeding the trolls here, but do you honestly think that such a large community has no justification for purchasing and carrying gear other than to take pictures of them to post on the internet? Haha, come on, this isn’t a fashion blog or something like that! But really — it seems you are challenging the definition of tools here, that they have no utility… I have purchased lots of gear before that just simply didn’t work out for me. Did I continue to carry them for display? No, that wouldn’t make any sense. I stopped carrying them precisely because EDCers generally don’t carry extraneous things for no reason. I do concede that some items are a bit costlier than they need to be, but the bottom line is that they still fulfill some purpose. You might just think they’re “for display” because some gear looks damn good… However, I have no doubt that the majority of the contributors to this site (besides the trolls) use their gear in some capacity or another.
Oh, and I wear Red Wings too.
submitted by Sean
This site has become a daily fixation for me since I came across it. Thanks for putting in as much effort as you do! As a token of my gratitude, here’s a shot of my current EDC. Not the most streamlined, nor is it themed, but it works for me.
- Vintage US Army Zippo
- CRKT M16-01Z
- Ubiquitous Fischer Space Pen
- Fenix LD01/Saab Key/Keys with Red Moon leather covers on Stussy S-Biner
- Alzuni Long-Wallet and braided lanyard
- Chapstick (Necessary for Canadian winters)
- Paracord bracelet
- Sterile Dial Submariner on G10 stap
- Cell phone on leather landyard.
- Burberry handcloth.
- Field Notes in MS & Co. selvedge denim sleeve.
- All this on top of my pair of Eternal 883’s. (They’re also everyday.)
I’m hoping to invest in a second, slightly larger flashlight in the near future, as well as upgrade the S-Biner to another belt-hook like you can sort-of see on my wallet lanyard.
Cheers, and thanks again.
- A fellow SuFu-er.
Editor’s Note: Hey Sean, glad you like the site. I can tell you have an appreciation for things like denim and leather goods (as do a lot of my readers with interest in menswear/fashion), but it’s hard to incorporate something like a midlength wallet just because of how large it is… These days I like the more simple leather wallets for EDC. Anyway, I hope you did get around to ditching the old-style S-Biner (the Stüssy collaboration unfortunately doesn’t strengthen gate retention) like you said to keep your keys more secure (Sumi might have something you’d be interested in). Not too sure about that selvedge chambray Field Notes sleeve, it seems like it would hinder ease of access just for the sake of being selvedge chambray… Sterile sub looks cool though. Anyway, hope that helps and good luck on your flashlight/keyhook search. Thanks for sharing~
Corter Leather Slim Set
Editor’s Note: Just got this set of leather goods from Eric during his Black Friday sale. I was looking for a minimalist cardholder and Corter’s here was on sale and came in black… It’s basically just a little sleeve with the corner cut out for easy access to cards (push the cards up and choose). The iPhone sleeve looks like it would offer some good all-around protection as the corner doesn’t stick out too much, but it adds a lot of bulk to the phone. It may be because it’s a tight fit (brand new) so hopefully over time things stretch out and loosen up.
top: corter camera case
bottom: corter belt, zissou keyhook, chris_n pocket triangle
need 2 cop in 2011: pocket triangle
Editor’s Note: I still need my invite to the TRIANGLE MAFIA. I got my Zissou and Corter gear set though (PICS TO COME~~~~).
Spyderco PPT in GQ (lol) via willycheesesteak
Editor’s Note: lol wouldn’t expect the PPT to be a ‘GQ’ kinda knife. It is handsome, but there are sleeker alternatives imo. My favorite knife is a black handled Spyderco though… so what does that say about me? :x Apparently, this issue has a feature on “Best Stuff 2010,” which some of my readers have been asking me to do for this blog. To be honest, I haven’t had enough hands-on reviews or read enough to be able to come up with a clear list of best EDC bags, knives, flashlights, keychain tools, multitools, etc for this year. Sorry! There’s always next year.
That Damn Keyhook That Everyone Asks About via x-kaijin-x
Editor’s Note: I see this question get asked maybe once a week (not exaggerating) so I might as well make a dedicated post. That fishhook keything you’ve seen in esswhykay’s EDC that’s been reblogged and reposted a million times can be purchased from this eBay seller. If he doesn’t have any for sale just kindly message him to relist one for you (and maybe tell him this site sent you).
submitted by garenzy
Wallet, HTC EVO, lighter (non-smoker), early 20th-century compass, Spyderco Endura 4 FFG, my dad’s Leatherman SuperTool, $0.16, Pentel GraphGear 1000, Mammut Carabiner, Moleskine, Berol RapiDesign Sketch Mate, WTDs.
Editor’s Note: WAT U CARRYIN A LIGHTER FOR, SON? U DON’T NEED ONE — UR DUNK IS FIRE.
Tide to Go pen / Parker Jotter pen / Vintage B&L Wayfarers / MS & Co. selvedge sleeve / Linen handkercheif / Squad Leader watch / Tanner Goods natural cardholder / Rite in the Rain pocket all-weather memo book / Paracord monkey fist (and my keys) / Multipurpose pocket survival tool / Zebralight SC51 / Old LG phone I got for free / iPod touch (Taken with my Canon PowerShot S90 which is usually on me as well) (via The Bengal Stripe: Everyday Carry)
Editor’s Note: This is Americarry. (nice gear, Nico~ suits you well.)
submitted by gnchck
Editor’s Note: Cool, haven’t seen anyone with those Snow Peak chopsticks (wish they were titanium tho). How is that MAKR wallet? It doesn’t have a slot at the bottom to push cards/cash out, does that annoy you? Anyway, the E1B and Skeletool look like a great pair. Maybe you could upgrade those iBuds sometime… Thanks for sharing.