These days it’s not only the technology we carry about that counts, buthow we choose to transport all of these gadgets and devices. Every luxury brandworth its salt now makes cases and covers, and, as a result, tech accessorieshave become the new statement bag – which makes HardGraft, an e-shop full ofelegantly simple technology accoutrements, all the more of a find.
Founded in 2008, HardGraft is the work of an Austrian-English design duowho create products made of German wool felt, premium Italian leather, andBritish heavyweight waxed canvas – all of which have a decidedly Europeanaesthetic and are as functional as they are fashionable. While its main thrustcentres on products for smartphones, tablets (first picture) and computers, it also has abroader lifestyle base – weekend bags, wallets and footwear for the discerningstyle aficionado are all easily procured from this sleek, well-editedboutique.
Twelve categories allow for targeted product searches, from iPhone casesto MacBook Air covers to a Bags & Travel section. The selectionhas an understated, quasi-rustic chic, as well as being water repellant (forthe most part) and shock absorbent, too. The mix of materials presents an arrayof formal and more casual finishes, many of which deepen in colour and patinaover time.
MacBook Air and Pro sleeves in cool charcoal hues are available from 11in to 17in models (from £72), as are lightweight Flat Pack bags (£234) in waxed cotton –they are ideal for cyclists who need protection from the elements without addedbulk. Traditional types will favour both structured Double Take Weekend bags(third picture, £594) and the Old Fashioned laptop bag (£354) in supple leather, while a relaxed chichandmade Grocery Bag (second picture, £234) with extra-wide handles is a comfortablemultipurpose carryall. Rounding off the top-to-toe offerings are arange of boots for men. Vintage-inspired Men’s High Boots (£360) intan, dove grey and light beige are handcrafted from vegetable tanned and softcalf leather with thick soles of wood and rubber, while Zip Boot versions (£360)offer a slightly more polished look.
Lifestyle basics with a weekend-meets-office aesthetic are but a clickaway.