What: Knomo Slim laptop case, $88
Why: Knomo decided to make this quilted, zippered laptop case when they looked around and realized that everyone's computer bag looked the same: big, black, and bulky. That was 2004. But even today, with a few notable exceptions, Knomo still makes some of the best-looking laptop cases out there. The Slim, with its sleek and compact design, is stylish without being pretentious and protective without being heavy. The briefcase-style handle makes the Slim easily carried in-hand–and it looks cute there, too.
Some might miss the messenger bag strap or the external pockets for power plugs and cellphones, but this economy of design is what makes the Knomo case unique in its market: there's only one way to carry it, only one way to close it, and only one thing to put in it. Traveling for work? Don't let your computer take up space in your precious carry-on. Thanks to the thin design, you can toss your computer in your suitcase (which leaves way more space in your handbag for gossip rags and romance novels).
For Christmas, why not give your on-the-go friend (the busy-but-chic executive) or your sister (the freelance-but-fashionable writer) a gift that will suit her lifestyle and her look? The Knomo Silm comes in red, black, pomegranate, and plum colors, and is available in four different sizes.
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