Who makes genuine leather sleeves for the MacBook?

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  1. EugW macrumors 603

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    The Apple leather sleeve for the 12" MacBook looks awesome, but there's no way I'm paying CAD$200 for a frickin' sleeve.

    Anyone else make a decent real leather sleeve? Otherwise I'd just buy a PU sleeve for $25.
     
  2. Alice Smith macrumors newbie

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    I used to know a brand called Yoobao, they make very good quality genuine leather case for iPad, I had one for almost 3 years, still very good in condition. But now it seems that Yoobao doesn't make the case any more. They make power bank now.
     
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    Find a leather-working shop somewhere nearby, and see if they'll make one for you.
     
  5. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks. That was a good thought, but as far as I can tell they only sell a leather case (that looks like a book), not a sleeve.

    Interesting idea. I hadn't thought of that. I wonder how much it would cost though.
     
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  8. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    Hey thanks, these both are awesome options.
    This exact one is great, esp. with the piggyback case option. I've often said someone should make something with a separate bag that attaches to the same strap, and these guys did it.

    I don't like packing too much into the side pouches as they can dent the Mac, but having a loose fitting separate bag makes it better.

    Lots of reasonable priced simple sleeves.

    Unless some other options show I'll probably get from one of these (Etsy or Waterfield).
     
  9. Huffboys1 macrumors member

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    I had never heard of waterfield designs until I started researching messenger bags....I read a bunch of different reviews and every one was positive. I broke down and bought one. It exceeded my expectations. The quality is amazing.
     
  10. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    I ended up ordering this:

    https://www.harberlondon.com/products/slim-leather-macbook-sleeve-case

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    However, I didn't order from their website directly. I ordered from their Amazon listing, since for Amazon it seems that for those of us ordering from overseas, they will remove the UK VAT from the order. (VAT is 20% so we effectively get a 17% discount by ordering from Amazon.)
     
  11. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    Whatever you do, don't ship Royal Mail (from Amazon) to Canada. Order directly from them, as they use different shipping. It took over 3 weeks to get here via Royal Mail / Canada Post.

    I really like the product though. Fits like a very tight glove. Doesn't feel like the laptop is going to fall out.

    They leave enough space at the side just below the opening so you can plug in the charging cable too.
     

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  12. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a

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    I have both the Harber London 15" sleeve and the 13" as well. The quality is top-notch, but shipping to the United States can take a while. As EugW noted, the fit is quite good ... the MacBook Pro is very secure. I'm going to order one of their 12" MacBook sleeves to go with my wife's birthday present as well.
     
  13. newellj macrumors 604

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    Looks like they're no longer selling through Amazon - or at least I can't find them there.
     
  14. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    Amazon UK. Overseas shipping takes a while through Royal Mail though.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=harber+london

    If you order off their website you have shipping options, the more expensive of which is 2-3 day to North America.

    Note that if you are a new visitor you can get 10% off, and if you put it in your cart and then don't order it for a day, they will give you a 15% off popup. :)

    OTOH, if you order through Amazon UK, the price is significantly lower to North America, because the listed price will have VAT removed for North America.

    ie. Wait a day and get 15% off through their website, or else order through Amazon UK and get their listed price minus VAT.
     
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    Ahhh...very good (and very clear and thorough). Thanks!
     
  16. EugW, Dec 2, 2018
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    Nice. I just bought a Pacsafe Vibe 300 anti-theft bag, and it fits the 12" MacBook with Harber London sleeve perfectly in its pouch that was supposedly made to fit an 11.6" MacBook Air. This goes for US$48.97.

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    In the above video at 0:48 they describe the sleeve for a tablet, but the 12" MacBook inside the Harber London sleeve slides right in there nicely.

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  17. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    I guess that makes sense.

    11.6" MacBook Air
    Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
    Width: 11.8 inches (30 cm)
    Depth: 7.56 inches (19.2 cm)
    Weight: 2.38 pounds (1.08 kg)

    12" MacBook

    Height: 0.14–0.52 inch (0.35–1.31 cm)
    Width: 11.04 inches (28.05 cm)
    Depth: 7.74 inches (19.65 cm)
    Weight: 2.03 pounds (0.92 kg)

    The 12" MacBook is about a 1/2 cm deeper than the 11.6" MacBook, but is actually 2 cm narrower than the 11.6" MacBook. The 12" MacBook also thinner, so the overall volume of the 12" MacBook is less than the 11.6" MacBook. The Harber London sleeve adds about a 1/2" to the depth and width, and perhaps a 1/2 cm to the thickness.

    BTW, I had forgotten that the 11.6" MacBook Air weighs 17% more than the 12" MacBook.
     
  18. piblondin macrumors member

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    How well do the Harber sleeves fit? Could you hold it upside down without having the computer fall out?
     
  19. EugW thread starter macrumors 603

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    I would never try that, considering it's just a sleeve with one open side.

    It fits perfectly, and tightly, but the internal layer is a felt like material, so it could potentially slide out if you're not paying attention. Basically what I do when I carry it like that I hold it from the bottom on its open side, so there is no way it would slide out. Or else I put the whole thing in my pacsafe shoulder bag.
     

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