To celebrate the opening of its first retail store in the Westfield shopping complex in Stratford, London, Griffin Technology has debuted a host of new products in the UK, including iPhone cases designed in collaboration with Jack White's record label, Third Man.
The new cases use backs made from sections chopped from real vinyl records produced by the label, with white vinyl for the White Stipes, black for the Raconteurs, and yellow for The Dead Weather. The cases cost £19.99 and you can interchange the backs on the fly if you so desire.
Also new to the UK are the Chilewich range of accessories. Sandy Chilewich is a famed designer - particularly in her native US - known for her homeware designs, and now she's partnered with Griffin to create iPhone accessories. Previously only available through Apple stores, you can now get the products at the new Griffin store. The iPhone cases use a woven plastic pattern for both decoration and protection and, in our humble opinion, they look great. They cost £29.99 a pop.
The other big name collaboration debuting at the new store is the Col. Littleton range. Only available in America up until now, this premium range is all about leather. Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee (also home to Griffin) by the Col. Littleton company they're ruggedly built from thick leather and metal, and are designed to last a lifetime. The range covers everything from phone cases to laptop bags with prices starting at £49.99 for the small cases rising to £489.99 for the large bags - we did say these were premium products.
Along with these new products you can also buy and play with Griffin's extensive range of iDevice and general phone/tablet accessories, including the Crayola kids headphone range that has an inbuilt volume limiter (and makes you look like you're wearing a crayon through your head), the cuddly Woogie kids iPhone holder and a plethora of music accessories such as the MusicConnect that lets you connect your guitar and midi devices straight to your iPad. Oh, and you can even test the rugged iPad cases by dropping them down a bumpy window display, or have a play on the Helo TC remote control helicopters.
Link: Griffin Technology