Astell&Kern has released three luxury Italian leather cases for its SA700 portable digital audio player: one in Poppy Red, another in Viridian Green and one in Neo Black. As well as being different colours, all are slightly differently made and produced, but all the leather comes from Walpier Tannery in San Miniato, Tuscany, which uses only 100 per cent cow hair hides that are processed using traditional vegetable tanning methods handed down from father to son for centuries in the Tuscany region. This unique tanning process typically takes around 40 days. [Click on image to enlarge.]

The Poppy Red SA700 case has a stainless steel back for heat dissipation and uses a top-grade full-grain Pueblo vegetable tanned leather that is produced by Badalassi Carlo. ‘This Pueblo leather has a unique rustic look that adds beautiful depth to the leather and makes for an amazing patina as it ages,’ said George Poutakidis, of BusiSoft AV, which distributes Astell&Kern in Australia. ‘The leather is dyed completely through and has a nice soft flesh side. Made by Professor Carlo Badalassi, who is well-known for his skill with leather. Unlike modern methods, he uses a traditional method of making leather that requires extensive time and devotion.

The Viridian Green case has a stainless steel back plate for heat dissipation and uses Kansas leather from Conceria Walpier which is processed on crusts that have been dyed with vegetable tanned leather, before being coated with fine oil. The Neo Black case has an onyx black back plate and uses soft luxury Toscano leather from Nuova Albora.

Available now, the Astell&Kern AK700 cases sell for $239 (RRP) each.

For more information, contact BusiSoft AV