Hi there everyone! So after much online research EVERYWHERE for about a month to try to compare the more expensive Nuova Pelle ($80 + free US shipping) to the much less expensive but very comparable La Pelle ($50 + free US shipping) I could not find a single picture or review other than what is on the official Vaja site. So to say the least I was frustrated as you would think someone, somewhere in the world would have done a review of this thing, but I decided to just buy the darn thing and do my own review, LOL REVIEW: So I have to mention this first, THAT EVEN WITH THE FLAP CLOSED, I COULD STILL HEAR MY PHONE CALLS CRYSTAL CLEAR! HOW WEIRD IS THAT. With the TwelveSouth SurfacePad I could not hear a thing!!! But anyway, I honestly don't care how fancy or plain packaging is- for this product it was plain & elegant and you don't need much else IMO. It definitely had that strong pleasant leather smell that we all love right out of the box. It is a very smooth leather which feels awesome in the hand. It is about 2mm thick which taking into account both sides of the phone will add about 4mm thickness to the iPhone 5/5S. I previously had a SurfacePad from TwelveSouth and while the leather was super soft, it was so darn thin that it really didn't feel like a premium, luxury leather case. While this one isn't thin, it's really not thick either; it can't be much thicker than the Nuova Pelle. One of my favorite features of this case is the magnetic closure. It will stay shut!!! It's not too strong that u can't use a thumb to open it, but it's not that weak either-When u hold the case upside down it'll stay closed unless u shake it. I've had several leather folios and it's so annoying when they won't quite close all the way. This leather case is somewhat pliable, yet thick enough that I think it will hold its shape as long as you don't bend it too harshly or sit on it and crease it, etc (the same way you could damage any other leather product.) I like that they didn't use any plastic reinforcement inside the leather or any purely cosmetic stitching. This thing is simply elegant. One thing that was unusual was that it seems that Vaja either treated the leather with some sort of oil or conditioner preservative or some sort of leather product which surprised me. Normally when I receive leather goods, they don't seem to do any post-production leather care or liquid application that's noticeable anyway. Installation was pretty simple as you'd expect. Took me a few tries as I am OCD to the 10th of a mm. But most would be able to do it in a couple attempts I'd assume. The adhesive leaves no sticky residue which is really nice. The fit is precise and even on all sides-PERFECT... I really like how the silent/vibrate mode switch is left accessible and the volume buttons can easily be depressed through the leather. I can't think of too much else to say... I'LL LET THE PICTURES DO THE REST OF THE TALKING. ENJOY! ***PLEASE LET ME KNKOW WHAT YOU THINK AND HOW YOU COMPARE IT TO THE VAJA NUOVA PELLE!!!