Kebei Li Kickstarts His Cubic Cable-Holder

The industrial designer's sculptural brass and copper cord organizers become a reality

Imitation is apparently the greatest form of flattery—but once industrial designer Kebei Li learned that a cheap, almost-too-similar version of the cubic cable holders he designed as a RISD student was being funded on Kickstarter by a new SF-based company, he took a proactive approach. As the design was publicized before Li could patent it, neither the designer nor anyone else can legally own the …

Esbee’s Handmade Leather iPhone and iPad Charging Cables

A world's first aimed at preventing fraying and strong enough to tow a car

While the leather encasement might be the most aesthetically alluring feature of Esbee Cables‘ iPhone and iPad charging wires, it’s arguably not the most important. Yes, electric insides are wrapped in luxuriant, handmade leather that prevents fraying and even tangles—but the wiring itself is an advancement. Traditional copper wires have been tin-plated for extra-durability. Four wires run inside each cable, two dedicated to power and …

Powerful Portable Chargers From Crank

Two small devices, designed in LA and made to pump up productivity

While Mophie will always be a solid go-to when it comes to mobile juice packs, the sleek new portable Crank chargers have caught our eye with two compact yet powerful models. A recent weekend beach mission offered the perfect opportunity to test out both the smaller Dart and larger Dash, which are covered in smooth navy blue matte rubber for durability. Fully charged, the 6.3 …