Noreve MacBook Sleeve

Luxury for Your MacBook – The Noreve MacBook Sleeve (Review)

Review of the Noreve MacBook Sleeve
  • Material Quality
  • Constructions & Craftsmanship
  • Overall Design
5

Summary

If you have read Average Apple Guy for any amount of time, you know about my love affair with Noreve. My reason for this is simple: I have luxury devices and I want luxury cases and protection for them. The Noreve MacBook Sleeve is no exception to this philosophy. It provides a rich sensory experience to the touch while providing supple and stylish protection for my MacBook. It is a sleeve that I can carry around my MacBook out to my local coffee shop or between meeting rooms without having to worry about my laptop inside.

When it comes to couture design, few companies match Noreve. The French company, based in St Tropez, has been making high-end leather goods for smartphones and laptops for over a decade with an emphasis on luxury. That luxury is exemplified in the sleeve the company makes for the MacBook.

Designed to keep your MacBook safe and secure, the Noreve sleeve for the ultra light laptop is well padded and constructed of supple leathers that exudes the craftsmanship that went into its design.  The attention to detail is second-to-none.

Recently I received one of these sleeves to review.  Like the many other reviews I have done of Noreve cases and products, it left me with a profound sense of style and luxury.  There is simply nothing like one of their products and they never fail to disappoint.

Before I get into the bulk of the review, one thing to note.  This review is for the Noreve MacBook Sleeve for the 12″ MacBook.  It works with any generation of the MacBook, 2016 and onward.  Noreve makes similar sleeves & cases for the MacBook Pro lineup as well as the MacBook Air.  In general, what is said here for this review will apply to those cases too.  

Unboxing & Presentation

If you have never purchased a Noreve case for any of your devices, you are in for a treat when your package arrives.  It is also the first indicator that you have made a lasting purchase that is properly stylish and truly a luxury product.  Every Noreve case, big or small, comes in a black box with a red top.  The box itself is constructed of heavy cardboard and is a bit of a work of art itself.  Open the box and you will find the Noreve red dust bag which has your case inside.  Almost inevitably, everyone will smell the rich aroma of the leathers used for the case when you open that dust bag.

Noreve MacBook Sleeve
Noreve MacBook Sleeve

This is all before you actually get your hands on the case itself.  That brings the tactile bliss of the smooth, supple leathers that Noreve uses to create this sleeve and their other cases.  It is a luxurious experience.  

For this review, I have the sleeve constructed in the PERPÉTUELLE line of leathers.  

Design & Construction

When you first pick up the Noreve MacBook Sleeve, you are immediately hit with thoughtfulness of design and the quality of construction.  The sleeve is a pocket style with a zipper closure at the top.  On the outside you have the high quality leather that is a hallmark of Noreve’s design.  On the inside, you will find soft fabric that protects your MacBook from scratches while it is in the sleeve.  

MacBook Sleeve Interior
MacBook Sleeve Interior

Between these two layers of leather and fabric is a soft, closed-cell foam.  This foam extends the length of each side of the sleeve, meeting at the bottom seam to provide protection on essentially three sides.  The only somewhat exposed side is the zipper side but the foam extends as far as possible there too.

Speaking of the zipper, you will find it to be beautifully crafted.  The zipper is made of highly polished stainless steel as are the fasteners.  The pulls on each fastener are made of leather, matching the case itself.  The zipper action itself is smooth and precise.

MacBook Sleeve Zipper Pulls
MacBook Sleeve Zipper Pulls
MacBook Sleeve Zipper
MacBook Sleeve Zipper

Craftsmanship

Another key feature of any Noreve product is the attention to detail in the construction of the item.  Clearly the quality of leathers used are second-to-none but the craftsmanship in putting those leathers together is equally as impressive.  Take the stitching for example.  Both on the interior and the exterior, you will find it tight and even, an attention to detail that many case manufactures simply miss.  

Another good example is the lines of the case.  By lines, I mean the upper zipper area and the leather bead that runs the length around the case.  It is smooth and even, not waving as it makes it way around the case itself.  It is easy to see upon close inspection that Noreve’s craftsmen and craftswomen have put care and effort into their work.  

Conclusion & Recommendation

If you have read Average Apple Guy for any amount of time, you know about my love affair with Noreve. My reason for this is simple:  I have luxury devices and I want luxury cases and protection for them.  The Noreve MacBook Sleeve is no exception to this philosophy.  It provides a rich sensory experience to the touch while providing supple and stylish protection for my MacBook.  It is a sleeve that I can carry around my MacBook out to my local coffee shop or between meeting rooms without having to worry about my laptop inside.  

Add to that superior quality materials and craftsmanship that Noreve puts into this sleeve.  You will be hard pressed to find such quality at the price of this sleeve.  

Perfect Fit for the MacBook
Perfect Fit for the MacBook

The Noreve MacBook Sleeve as reviewed here is in PERPÉTUELLE line of leathers in Noir (Black) leather.  As reviewed, this sleeve is $147 and is generally available within 24 hours.  The company offers a wide range of leather finishes to suit your style that can be custom built for you.  Keep in mind that on custom color or leather orders, there is no return on those products.  They are personalized for you.

To check out the MacBook Sleeve, head over to the Noreve site.  The company offers a wide range of sleeves and cases for other MacBook models as well as for iPhone and iPad models.

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