Leather MacBook Pro Cases: All Style, All Substance
It's been called the "The Greatest Laptop Case Ever Designed". When MacCase Chief Creative Officer Michel Santoro created the MacCase Flight Jacket he was not aware he was creating an icon, one of the most memorable and best reviewed leather MacBook Pro cases ever. Drawing inspiration from the American West, Santoro penned a laptop case that manages to look classic and modern at the same time. The vertical orientation makes it one of the most comfortable leather MacBookPro cases you'll ever wear.
The latest cases, covers, bags and sleeves offer much-needed protection for the Apple laptop's sleek, aluminum body. However, with the many options out there, it can be quite challenging to find the best product that protects your technology and complements your lifestyle. Read the post above to get sage advice on how to choose the best MacBook Pro case to fit your lifestyle.
Our Legendary MacBook Pro Case Turns 10
Today we are talking with Michael Santoro, President and Chief Creative Officer of MacCase on the 10th anniversary of the launch of the the company's most iconic leather MacBook Pro case design, the MacCase Flight Jacket.
JKD: As a designer who's had a lot of success throughout your career, what does this 10th anniversary of the MacCase Flight Jacket mean to you?
MS: As a designer, no matter what the product, you wish and hope for programs and outcomes like what has happened with this design. It's amazing to think this MacBook Pro case is still going strong after a decade.
JKD: After living with it and being around it for so long, is there anything you would change about these MacBook Pro cases?
MS: There is nothing I would change about the proportion. It's right for all time. The different sizes proportion out differently. The best looking version is, funny to say, for the 11" Air model. But they all contain the basic design proportion that still resonates today.
I was never a big fan of the 17" model when we were making that. It was just too unwieldy. A computer that large was was difficult to wear on one's hip. So it's no surprise the case felt the same way.
17" users loved it though. And to this day we get inquires from 17" users wanting to buy a 17" Flight Jacket or have us make a new one as part of our Custom Program. Which we ill do, by the way.
Back to your question about the the current generation of leather MacBook Pro cases, we have tweaked the design over the years. These changes were very subtle but made the product more durable. They also made it easier to use and increased the functionality, that sort of thing.
That's why you see customers who have a Flight Jacket that is 8 or 9 or even 10 years old now. The design has evolved. We've improved it over the years and made it better. It's amazing and part of the reason I'm so proud of it.
JKD: Do you have any other iconic MacBook Pro cases up your sleeve?
MS: Yes, as soon as you bring me that App where I can push a button and a timeless design pops right out! This program had so many elements came together at the same time to allow a design like this to happen. That's rare. Those are the ones you wait for. You try to align as many of those elements as you can on every program you do. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This time, it worked.
The designs I am working on now are the best work I have done from a creative, problem solving standpoint, since the Flight Jacket cases were released. They solve so many problems like all of our leather MacBook Pro cases do, it in a way that is elegant, beautiful and I hope timeless. Time will, of course, tell.
JKD: Can you tell us about the other leather MacBook Pro cases you offer?
MS: Sure. Currently we have 2 other models other than the Flight Jackets that make up our MacBook Pro leather case offerings. The Flight Case which is our fully structured leather briefcase, was a response to customers asking for a larger version of the Flight Jacket.
The Flight Case looks like the Flight Jacket's big brother. It's everything great about the Flight Jacket, just more of it, especially more room. If you need to carry multiple devices, or a laptop and a 3 ring binder, this is the case you want. It has a larger storage pouch option that is very popular.
Lastly, the Grand Career Tote is one of the unsung, yet great leather MacBook Pro cases we offer. It's really the unheralded product in our line. Women who have purchased one of them absolutely love them. It's one of the few bags in our entire line that can do it all.
It's beautiful and functional. The design can go up against any of the handbags from the best houses in Europe, yet it functions better than any of them can ever hope to. If you're looking for a women's business tote, it's worth a long look.