I've been a fan of Joli Originals products for a few years now, and its latest round of sleeves and cases for Apple gadgets doesn't disappoint. Particularly, if you're looking for a thin and light sleeve to house your thin, light iPad Air, consider the Smooth iPad sleeve from Joli.
The Smooth iPad sleeve is so named because it's made from smooth leather (as opposed to the textured leather Joli also offers). I like the smooth leather better because it feels thinner and more in tune with the design aesthetics of the iPad Air. The leather is premium Italian, full-grain waxed leather and available in brown or gray. The sleeve is lined with a Dutch wool felt that is 100 percent wool. If you buy the gray sleeve (as I did), then your only choice of felt color is red. However, if you opt for the brown sleeve, you can choose from aqua, pink or brown felt. For my tastes, I went with the gray and red sleeve because I thought that looked best.
The thing I love about Joli sleeves is the craftsmanship. So much love and care goes into each and every handmade sleeve, including the packaging. Sleeves are delivered wrapped in tissue paper with a hand-drawn sketch on them. All Joli Originals sleeves are handmade in the company's studio in Amsterdam.
The leather used in the sleeve is top-notch and, most importantly, the folks at Joli Originals got the dimensions of the sleeve's interiors just right. You'll need to apply just a little bit of pressure to get your iPad into the sleeve, which ensures a snug fit so you know it won't fall out if you pick it up from the wrong end. I opted for the Joli sleeve that covers the iPad Air only, but they make sleeves that fit the iPad Air with Smart Covers attached.
At €69.00 (about US$93.00) the Smooth iPad sleeve isn't the cheapest, but it's one of the best. It's a high-quality sleeve made with love and care. It's also my top recommendation for iPad sleeves this holiday season.