If you’re looking for a new way to accessorise your iPhone and don’t mind using real fur, Wild and Woolly has a fluffy 3D printed solution.
If smartphone cases in the shape of rabbit ears and hamburgers aren’t your style anymore, perhaps you’d be interested in something big and fluffy instead? Wild and Woolly is an American startup which uses “ethically sourced fur” to make individual iPhone cases.
Nina Cheng is the founder of the startup. She based the name on the fur trade industry during America’s expansion in the 1850s. Each fluffy case is named after an American fur trading post.
The production process for the fur means they’re more expensive than your regular case and can cost you up to $415. However, you’re paying for real, 100% ethically-sourced fur.
Cheng uses ethical suppliers including a Yup’ik Eskimo village in Western Alaska and Finland-based SAGA Furs. Underneath the fur is a 3D printed plastic case to keep your precious iPhone protected.
The fur used by Wild and Woolly includes fox, beaver, and mink. But, to make sure there’s no excessive use, Cheng keeps her production small-batch and local.
She buys fur when it’s needed, meaning there’s very little waste. The hard plastic case is 3D printed by Voodoo Manufacturing based in Brooklyn, New York. With the 3D printed design, Cheng ensured a camera porthole was made to keep the fur from obstructing your pictures.
Professional furriers based in Manhattan’s Garment District add the fur to the cases, keeping every aspect of the design local. The good quality fur is easy to keep, durable and protective — as well as partially water-resistant too.
For all of these benefits, you can expect to pay between $325 and $415, depending on the case. However, this price can give you peace of mind that the animals providing the fur were properly treated. Spend less and you can’t be so sure.
These cases are suitable for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus. Tempted to buy your own? The cases are being sold on the Wild and Woolly website, or Opening Ceremony stores in NYC and Los Angeles.
Source: Business Insider
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