Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case: Premium Leather, Excellent Belt Clip

| Quick Look Review

In October 2013 Blacksmith-Labs out of Canada introduced their first iPhone holsters made from premium quality, hand-stitched leather and metal alloy belt clips. The Bruno is one of three designs available from this company. The case fastens closed with a metal button stud that compliments the metal belt clip. It is constructed from a single piece of leather.

Bruno case in chestnut brown.

The Bruno is available in three colors, black leather, chestnut brown leather, and Horween Chromexcel Lapis blue leather. The black and brown versions have an MSRP of US$79.95. The Lapis blue version has an MSRP of US$119.95. Each version offers in a choice of brushed gold, chrome or gunmetal for the metal alloy belt clip.

Color options - black, chestnut brown, Lapis blue.

Using The Product

My iPhone 5s slips easily into and out of the case. The button stud is easy to fasten and unfasten. I reviewed the chestnut brown case and found the leather to be both supple and rugged. My iPhone was completely protected in this case. However, the phone must be removed from the case for charging or using, but it was a fairly simple process to unbutton the flap and retrieve my phone. 

Aside from the quality of the leather, this case presents with the most rugged belt clip I have ever seen. It is large, easy to operate and extremely strong. The clip will accommodate a belt up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in width.

The Packaging

Blacksmith Labs has gone to some expense to present this case, and it makes and excellent impression when first viewed.  The case in seated carefully in a handsome box and covered with black suede cloth. 

Inside the package.

That box is then encased in a sleeve bearing the name of the company.

Outer packaging.

Do I Recommend It?

I do. Anyone who is looking for an iPhone 5/5s case that will provide handsome, rugged protection along with an extremely sturdy belt clip should enjoy this case.

Product: Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case

Company: Blacksmith-Labs

List Price: US$79.95 (brown & black)

Pros:

Holster case is made from real leather and includes a sturdy metal belt clip. Will accommodate a belt up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in width. Hand-stitched case is made from a single piece of supple leather.

Cons:

Cannot charge iPhone while in the case, and user must remove iPhone to talk.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

That looks nice and I like ones with a strong belt clip. Will an iPhone with a case slip easily in and out of the holster? Even when carried in a holster I want to protect the iPhone with a case.

Currently I mostly use holsters from Nite Ize, but it is built rugged and looks it, like a military or police uniform pouch. They have some dressier holsters, but the one use the most has a magnetic closure.  http://www.niteize.com/product/Clip-Case-Cargo-Tall.asp

Nancy Gravley

Different cases have different sizes, obviously, but my best advice is that it will not work with most cases. My case is of medium thickness and it would not work.

Lee Dronick

  Different cases have different sizes, obviously, but my best advice is that
it will not work with most cases. My case is of medium thickness and it
would not work.

That is a deal breaker as far as I am concerned. It seems most holsters have too tight tolerances. I suppose that I could take a piece of wood with the dimensions of a thick iPhone case and have a leatherworker make me a holster. With a belt loop instead of clip.

Blacksmith-Labs

Thanks Nancy for this great review.

Lee, we’ll be introducing the oversized version of Bruno within the next month with two different sizes: One that would accommodate cases up to an Otterbox Commuter, and then a smaller one that can take in something like a speck/tech21/case-mate case.

Lee Dronick

That is good news Blacksmith-Smith Labs! Not to mention that the next iPhone could have larger dimensions. A belt loop too, perhaps as an option, instead of a clip.

Thanks

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