Woven vinyl on an iPhone? And it looks good? Griffin has taken iPhone case design to the next level with their Elan Form Chilewich Collection of iPhone cases…and they’re pulling it off!
The Griffin Chilewich is a two-piece iPhone 4/4S case design; there’s the main part of the case and a then front frame that locks the case together. With the front frame snapped in, the Chilewich provides all-around protection. It protrudes passed the screen and also has raised corners. There’s one large cutout on the top and bottom of the case for perfect access to buttons and ports. There’s also a large cutout for the toggle/volume buttons and the camera/flash.
The front part of the case is just a smooth matte black plastic, but the back of the case is a textured design like no other. The woven vinyl looks like zippers running up and down the cases backside. It’s raised in columns. While the back is course and grippy, it still has a very comfortable feel in-hand. It’s smooth if you run your hand side to side, as opposed to up and down. The director of industrial design at Griffin phrases it best, “it’s a showcase of modern textiles in a way that is both stylish and functional.”
Griffin has already proven themselves as a dependable case maker with quality products that can withstand the heat of everyday usage. Their new Chilewich case for iPhone 4/4S is a bold new style for an industry that’s beginning to flatline in fresh designs. The Griffin Elan Form Chilewich is available in black, pearl (pictured), mahogany, toffee, or coconut. They’re all metallic colors. It retails for $39.99, which is a little on the pricey side of iPhone cases.
The Good: Cool new design, low profile, light, durable, protective, comfortable, grippy, fits in most docks, easy to apply and remove.
The Bad: A bit pricey