Published on October 18th, 2012 | by Celina0
Russell + Hazel: Add Life To Your Work, Indeed!
Gold and leather, classic materials updated with modern touches and design. Professionalism balanced with style. We’ve got some personal accessories aimed at women, but also a nifty addition to most any office or home for 2013. russell + hazel offer some fresh colors and patterns to the oft-boring office and school gear lineup. The company, launched in 2003, is headquartered in Minneapolis and has the slogan “add life to your work”. And they have a pretty large line of designs that look more like they came from a magazine spread than a home office.
Roll into your next meeting with the genuine leather Tablet Folio. Offered in black, camel and gold, this functional portfolio is perfect for keeping your iPad secure and scratch free. But if you’re like me, you’ll find it even more useful for keeping track of meeting notes on its built-in flip top paper pad. With interior slots to store business and credit cards and an exterior zipper pocket to hold a to-do list or a thin catalog, you’re ready to head to lunch right from the office.
The case itself is light and compact, allowing you to carry it in a handbag for the duration of the day. However, unlike other tablet portfolios which also support viewing an iPad at any angle, this piece is built to sit on a desk and lay flat. I struggled to balance the case on my lap and found it near impossible to watch a video on the screen without awkwardly looking straight down. This tablet case is built for a career woman on the go, offering style if not a lot of drop or shock protection. It’s proved durable, useful and beautifully designed.
We also tried out the Phone Pouchette, which was offered in the same three color options. Tailored for the iPhone, the pouchette kept my phone suitably protected, even keeping it bone dry in a surprise New York downpour. With a small flip top notepad lined up opposite my phone, I was able to jot down to-do lists quickly and keep them all in one place. The only major complaint: the pouchette didn’t provide space to keep a pen handy.
I assumed that the pouchette would have cut outs for the iPhone camera to accommodate taking pictures but in order to suitably protect the phone from scratches or water, the phone must be removed from the case when snapping your photos. The detachable leather wrist strap was a surprise, coming in handy more than once when I went out with friends. And with the business and credit card slots accessible, it can easily be used instead of a clutch for a night out.
Finally, lest you be looking for a perfect gift for someone who appreciate unique calendars, we definitely suggest picking up the russell + hazel 2013 Tissue Calendar. We were admittedly excited when we saw this at the New York International Gift Fair previously this year, as this is an old-school version of the datekeeping device. If you’re tired of the “Sexy Firefighters”, “100 New Cats”, and other silly calendars that might not be professional (or might look a little silly on your swank walls at home), then this is the calendar for you. Easy to read, bold, simple, you also get the satisfaction of tearing each and every day away. Lay on your desk or hang up, and add a touch of class. $40.