Give Your iPhone 5 Or MacBook Danish Mid-Century Chic With RAW’s Beautiful Leather & Wood Skins

Give Your iPhone 5 Or MacBook Danish Mid-Century Chic With RAW’s Beautiful Leather & Wood Skins

One of the consequences of the iPhone 5’s streamlined, ultra-thin design is that you can no longer just pop off the backplate of the device and replace it. That means no more Don-Draper-esque teak backs or glowing Apple logos or anything else that you could do to deeply personalize your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

So what do you do if you want to customize your iPhone 5 without having to slap a bulky case on it? You skin it. And RAW out of Brooklyn is making some of the best custom skins for the iPhone 5 around out of quality leather and wood grain to give your handset a classier look.

RAW is a one-man operation out of a local wood working shop in Brooklyn, New York run by Michael Victorovich, who was kind enough to send us some samples of his skins for review. We came away impressed: not only does RAW have a wide range of pretty leathers and wood patterns to choose from, but installation was simple and the results both felt and looked extremely good in the hand.

Even better: the RAW skins actually help protect your iPhone 5 from the scratches it is somewhat notoriously prone to picking up, while adding negligible bulk to the device. RAW doesn’t just do iPhone skins, either.

They do leather and wood MacBook skins that I’m just dying to try out.

RAW’s prices are quite reasonable: a skin out of wood or leather for either the MacBook or the iPhone 5 start at just $25. And after a couple of weeks using one of their skins, it’s still in pristine nick on the back of my iPhone and feels like an extension of the device.

If you’re in the market for something less bulky and more distinctive than a case, I recommend RAW’s skins. They’re very choice.

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  • mr_bee

    Except the back of the iPhone 5 is the best looking part of the phone. How will anyone even know you have an iPhone 5 if you make the back look like a 4s?

  • ozland

    Slickwraps has been doing this for Years! Not original but a mere copy.

  • ozland

    In addition using the Apple logo is a direct violation of Apples trademark. kilpatrick& townsend have been notified of this violation and RAW should expect a nice letter this month.

  • RAWBKNY

    Ozland, slickwraps does not offer leather skins for the iPhone 5 nor do they offer real wood skins. Their wooden skins are vinyl, im offering a 100% real wood alternative that can also be custom engraved with personal artwork and text which is something slick wraps does not offer. The iPhone skins are not using the Apple logo unlike slickwraps which is cutting out the Apple logo for the iPhone 5. Each one of the wooden skins that ship from my studio is sanded and finished by hand.

  • ozland

    You do cutout the Apple logo in your MacBooks, No? You’re violating Apple’s trademark, I have already contacted them. I think you’re an ant compared to Slickwraps and others like Skinit. Slickwraps has been offering real leather for years, be original.

  • RAWBKNY
    You do cutout the Apple logo in your MacBooks, No? You’re violating Apple’s trademark, I have already contacted them. I think you’re an ant compared to Slickwraps and others like Skinit. Slickwraps has been offering real leather for years, be original.

    The macbook cut out has to be present to allow the glowing apple light to go through, it is a product that is compatible with Macbook and there is no way that i or my company claim that it is produced by Apple. I do not understand why you feel so negative about my product but as i said, currently Slickwraps only offers the leather for the iPhone 4-4S. The design i have created for the iPhone 5 is original and not a copy. Leather and wood is a very common material used by many different companies whether to create a skin, sleeve, or a case. Does this mean they are also not original?

  • ozland

    I think you’re missing a point which doesn’t take a state college degree to figure out. You’re still cutting out there logo regardless of your intent. Thus why if you walk into any Apple store you’ll find exactly ZERO accessories with the logo cutout, but rather a circle in its place. I believe Kirkpatrick & Townsend will not feel the same as you.

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