From the purveyors of stylish bamboo iPhone cases comes a new case just for the brand new iPad 2. The new Grove iPad 2 Case ($79+) combines a hard bamboo back and a fold-over leather cover that uses similar technology and design to the Apple Smart Cover. The magnets in the leather cover wake the iPad when opened and put it to sleep when closed, and the case folds into a stand for either typing or viewing. The 100-percent bamboo body offers full access to all the iPad’s ports as well as a precision speaker grill. The body is available in either amber or natural bamboo tints, and has a hand-rubbed natural oil finish. Perhaps best of all, the vegetable-tanned leather cover can be customized with artwork from a large selection, or users can even upload their own design to be laser-engraved on the case. The company is taking pre-orders now and will ship the first cases within two months.
Kelly Montgomery is a magazine journalism graduate from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications. Before joining the team at Digital Trends, she wrote for publications including Oregon Bride Magazine, BestNewBands.com, and The Register-Guard. She was also a staff member of the University of Oregon's award-winning student publication, Flux. An admitted shopaholic who loves reading personal style blogs, Kelly is also a lover of lomography, traveling to strange places, late-night baking, music festivals, and graphic design. She makes a pretty mean mix CD, too.