Belkin launches Orla Kiely cases for iPhone and iPad


iPhone and iPad owners are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing cases for their Apple devices — from Lego to leather, there are a wealth of options to choose from, with new ones appearing with each passing week. The latest to arrive are several Belkin cases put together in collaboration with fashion designer Orla Kiely. The snugly fitting cases are marked with a selection of Kiely’s signature designs and covered in either a high-gloss or soft-touch finish.

The distinctive, strong stylings of Irish-born Orla Kiely have appeared on hats, handbags, kitchenware and clothing before coming to Belkin’s new range. “This collection of fashion-inspired cases from internationally renowned designer Orla Kiely is a testament that function can be paired with an artful vision,” commented Belkin Product Manager Albert Farag. “Each case is designed first and foremost to keep your devices safe and secure, and is incredibly minimalist, giving you maximum protection without adding bulk.”

As you would expect, the cases are closely molded to fit your iDevice of choice, and the iPad editions can double up as stands with multiple viewing angles. Two different designs are available, Multi Stem and Optic Stem, with pricing ranging from £24.99 for the lightweight iPhone casing to £54.99 for the full-sized iPad. The iPad mini cases retail for £44.99, while the more durable pocketbook-style iPhone covers cost £29.99.

The iPad cases are compatible with the iPad 2 and newer models (including the iPad mini). The wallet cases, which include inner pockets and a secure snap closure tab, are for the iPhone 5 only, though the more lightweight back cases fit the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. The full range can be viewed and purchased from the Belkin website. According to Belkin, Orla herself uses an Optic Stem case for her own iPhone.

PURE’s EVOKE Mio – Abacus Flower Edition: Chic, simple and environmentally-conscious

The latest example of a fashion designer teaming up with a technology company is the EVOKE Mio – Abacus Flower Edition, a portable FM radio by PURE. PURE’s newest radio has been designed by the internationally renowned designer, Orla Kiely and features her signature stem print.


The EVOKE Mio – Abacus Flower Edition is the second PURE radio to be designed by Orla Kiely, and follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular PURE EVOKE Mio. Kiely’s second collaboration with PURE mirrors much of her first, in that it features the designer’s signature stem print , mirror chromed handle, walnut veneered cabinet and cream fascia. In fact the only difference between the two radios, is that the Abacus Flower Edition comes in slate grey and is imprinted with flowers, while the EVOKE Mio possesses a front and back embossed with a bright, multi-coloured leaf pattern.

Whilst the Irish fashion designer assures us that stylistically the two radios “contrast well” and will the functional and down to earth designs will “complement any home interior”, internally there are little differences.

The EVOKE Mio – Abacus Flower Edition, likes its predecessor, features both FM and digital radio and an input for a MPS player and iPod. Thanks to support for the optional ChargePAK that allows up to 24 hours of portable listening between charges, this boldly designed radio can be taken outside the home and would act as a ‘colourful’ addition to picnics and barbeques.

The Abacus Flower Edition – yes I couldn’t be bothered writing its full name – features an alarm, kitchen timer and 30 pre-sets. In possessing textSCAN and Intellitext, information can be stored and browsed through at a later date scrolling text can be paused and controlled.

In-keeping with PURE’s commitment to looking after the environment, its latest radio has received a recommendation by the Energy Saving Trust and is part of the EcoPlus, meaning it’s reduced power consumption , use of recycled materials, and smallest possible packaging, minimises its environmental impact on the planet.

This chic and environmentally-conscious radio costs £149.99 and will be available exclusively at John Lewis from the end of August.