by Valery Joseph
The latest streamlined iPod/iPhone sleeves to enter the market (and our current favorites) comes courtesy of the Austrian duo behind the label Working Class Heroes. "We began the company out of a vision to create something new, original, and worlds away from the plastic and neoprene offerings typically found in this market," founder James Teal says. "We were inspired by the past, when handcrafted items were almost an everyday commodity."
Along with his partner Monie.Ka, Teal crafts each of his multi-functional, tactile felt cases out of their studio in the Viennese countryside. Fashioned from 100% wool felt and premium aniline leather, these MP3 cases have a bespoke quality, a theme that carries through in the line's current distribution: an online shop on do-it-yourself web giant Etsy. In addition to MP3 cases, Working Class Heroes also creates laptop "wallets," eyewear cases, and moleskine pouches, all created in the same made-to-order manner.