MICHAEL KORS IPHONE WAL­LET CLUTCH

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Try & Byte, $99.95, tryand­byte.com.au

★★★

HI-TECH and high fashion do not al­ways mix. Pocket pro­tec­tors are yet to re­ceive a haute cou­ture makeover, and geek chic doesn’t ex­tend to World of War­craft ei­ther.

But there is hope for gad­get fans who want to spruce up their smart­phones.

Mul­berry re­cently re­leased a minia­ture hand­bag for the iPhone — the $250 Daria Mini Mes­sen­ger — and now Amer­i­can de­signer Michael Kors has joined the pack at a mer­ci­fully lower price.

The de­signer’s of­fer­ings in­clude the Wal­let Clutch de­signed to fit the iPhone 4 or ear­lier 3GS.

Most im­por­tantly for fash­ion­istas, the case is made of full-grain Nappa leather in a choice of patent black or metal­lic gold.

You might think the lat­ter is gaudy, but when try­ing to make your iPhone stand out there’s no rea­son to hold back.

Un­like most cases, this case pack­ages your phone and im­por­tant cards to­gether, cre­at­ing a makeshift wal­let. It closes like a purse and the in­side flap has a pouch for doc­u­ments.

It also fea­tures a hand­strap, mak­ing this case a self-con­tained unit. If it also held keys it might be all one needed when leav­ing home.

Be­fore you rush to or­der one, though, there are some caveats. This iPhone case frames your iPhone’s screen with a raised, gold border, mak­ing things tricky to press. Plus, the biggest frus­tra­tion comes when you take calls: you must wrap the case be­hind the phone or leave a large flap dan­gling from your head.

This shouldn’t worry those ded­i­cated to the Kors, how­ever, as this case re­ally does stand-out from its ri­vals.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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