Made by hand from a single piece of high-quality leather, these cases age like a fine wine and wear like your favorite pair of boots. Old Hollywood refinement blended with the rugged good looks of a cowboy, an Alano iPad® case is a legend in its own time. You have to get this baby in your hand to fully appreciate each case’s unique beauty.
The cases featured in this video are for an iPad 2. All features described may not be applicable to a case for your device. General information is relevant.
iPad not included.
The craftsmanship of my iPad Air 2 case is exemplary. You can see the care and quality in the product and materials. The leather is beautiful, the fit is perfect. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Oscar Russell Jr. on Thu April 16th 2015
When it came to buying a new case for my iPad Air 2, I looked around quite a bit before finding Portenzo's Alano. I wanted something of wood and leather, and had a wooden case once before from another company that never quite worked right. This wooden case ended up meeting it's end by a simple fall to the floor. So I was apprehensive on whether this Alano would be the right case for me. I thought about it for a few months before purchasing, and so far it has exceeded all my expectations!
My iPad fits snug into the wood. The bumpers in the corners help it to not jiggle around in the least--a perfect fit. The cut outs for the speaker help the sound come out amplified and does not sound muffled in the least. It has easy access to all the ports and buttons. I also got the Intellistand upgrade. Well worth it. It makes the case more versatile for watching movies and videos.
And then the best thing about the case: the leather cover. It's thick. Really thick, but soft to the touch. It makes the whole case feel durable. I know it will protect the wooden shell and my device inside from an accidental drop off the counter top.
The only thing negative I have to say is the case adds quite a bit of thickness to the iPad Air. It is to be expected with a case, but I didn't anticipate that much thickness added. However, the added protection, the look, and uniqueness of the product makes up for that in volumes.
This case is well crafted. The makers seem to love what they do, and they're very good at it! Great job, exceeded my expectations. Thanks! Aaron Pangrazio on Wed April 15th 2015
I love this case. It's my second portenzo product, I purchased the standard hard cover for my ipad 4th gen and when upgrading to the ipad air recently I decided to upgrade the portenzo as well. The alano is absolutely gorgeous, it feels great in the hand and gets lots of second looks and questions when I'm out and about. Unknown on Thu April 9th 2015
Has it all except one big thing: no access to the power switch so I constantly have to remove my IPAD from the case to turn it on and off.
There is a secret power button on the ipad Michael. If you go to our website there is a video on how it works!
Michael K. Bender on Wed April 1st 2015
I just got an Alano Ledger case for an iPad Air. The workmanship is everything I expected; looks very much like a old bound book. I do have to say there is a very strong odor to it. To be honest it smells like it's been in a smoke filled room for some time. I don't know any other way to describe it. I'm not sure it's suitable as the gift for someone else it was intended to be. Other than that I do like it so far.
**Steve, this is Sarah from customer service. This smell that you noticed is a temporary result of part of the production process. Once you have the case in your loving hands for a while you will notice that this smell fades away and it will be a distant memory. Enjoy your Portenzo case! Steve W on Wed March 18th 2015
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Sarah worked with my image to create a custom iPad Air 2 cover that was beyond my expectations. Artistry and functionality are amazing. Sarah also watched the schedule to make sure I got it on time. My wife was ecstatic with the result. Unknown on Thu February 26th 2015
The product is exactly as described on the web page. Clearly made by people who care about what they make. Apprehension about my iPad fitting well proved unfounded. The time for delivery across hemispheres was worth it. A great product, clearly manufactured by talented artisans. David, Blue Mountains, New South Wales on Tue February 17th 2015
OMG, this is by far the most beautiful case for my iPad Air 2. I have the Chesty Journal specifically made to my requirements. Having ordered multiple times from Portenzo, I can honestly say each and every case is unique and of a quality that cannot be matched. Thank you soooo much, I love it! Toni, London on Mon February 16th 2015
Have owned four or five Portenzo Alano iPad cases and have loved them all. I had a couple of minor problems with my last order which they went out of their way to fix and make sure I was extremely happy. This company has the best customer service in the industry.
My replacement case for my iPad Air 2 is a thing of beauty and style. I got the version with the ancient map. Could not be happier. Sarah, you are the best! Mark on Wed February 11th 2015
I got the Alano Tesoro with the stylus compartment and Intellistand for the iPad Air 2 with Touch ID about a month or so ago. I use my iPad almost entirely for school (e.g. taking notes in class, reading textbooks, studying flashcards, research) and infrequently for games.
In terms of appearance, it is a very well made, gorgeous case! I've had several people compliment me on it and comment on the fact they thought it was really a book (inadvertent anti-theft device? maybe?). The texture and engraving are phenomenal. Love it! The one down-side for me, was the elastic strap is set in such a way it does NOT cover the camera hole in the back (not a problem at all for me, but a down-side as it was not true to the video).
Functionality: My iPad fit very snuggly in the case and I'm especially fond of the "secret" method of accessing the on/off sleep mode button at the top. I actually prefer it over having a notch to access the buttons. I also love the Intellistand! Ingenious! The notch for the stylus works well and it fits my Adonit Pro and Adonit Script just fine without detracting from how it closes or the appearance at all. The only time the stylus has gotten in the way is when I use the Intellistand. Not an issue for me, since all I have to do is remove the stylus.
So yes. I love love love love this case. I recommend it. I've had friends who bought similar cases from other companies comment on their desire to have my case instead. Bonus points!
L.J.T. on Tue February 10th 2015
This is my second Potenzo. This one is for my iPad Air. I had years of service out of my first one for my original iPad. There was no doubt about purchasing a new one. The Alano Ledger case is admired by my accounting students and colleagues. The one piece leather will outlast my tablet. It's look and feel says quality. Great job Portenzo! Jim from Florida on Thu January 29th 2015
My Alano case cannot be perfected. Everyone loves it. I look forward to many years of use out of it. This is stylish and rugged. I am also thankful that they rushed my order due to me having to be back overseas..great customer service. Matthew on Tue January 27th 2015
this is the most beautiful gift ever and my husband was so pleased when he opened his birthday present. He examined it closely and was most pleased. His expertise is fine art and renovation, repair and crafting his own goods. He is great with leather, wood and also glass and leaded lights. He began to explain to us exactly how it has been made and with what and so on .. he loves it to bits. I have a video of this if you are interested to see it!!! he has one minor issue and that is the on / off switch on his iPad is obscured but that he dint notice until he took a flight abroad and was asked to turn it off!! Well done and thank you.
**Sarah here from customer service. Your case does not need a cutout for the power button as Portenzo cases have a Secret Power Button. See the video here for more information.
Thank you for your purchase. vivienne constad on behalf of alan leedham on Wed January 7th 2015
I watched several online videos which prompted me to purchase a case for my new i-pad. The company allowed for a special request and did a great job with the personal line on the cover of Matthew 24:14. I highly recommend this case; it is beautiful, well-made, and my i-pad feels very secure. Unknown on Mon December 15th 2014
I'm a repeat offender when it comes to Portenzo cases. My first was for my Google nexus. So when I needed a case for my iPad Air, there was no doubt what I'd get. The case is exquisite and the detail is impeccable. The color is gorgeous and evokes a romanticism about products that you won't easily find. The intelli-stand feature works great and makes viewing much more pleasurable. I love the unassuming look of the case until you open it up and see the modern juxtaposed next to something that looks like it's been passed down through generations. I do find the "hidden" power button to be difficult to navigate at times, but after a couple tries I can usually get it to turn off no problem. I have previously, and will continue to recommend Portenzo products to everyone who compliments my case (which happens pretty regularly)!
They even threw in a leather keychain with my order. The people at Portenzo know what counts and how to deliver not only excellent products but excellent customer service. Jaysen on Wed December 10th 2014
It's truly a handcrafted beauty of a case. It's stylish but not gaudy. It feels great in your hand. And it's functional. The magnetic backing that allows you to slide the case up to take pics is brilliant. I've had the case for about a month now and it just feels like it gets better with time. The intelli-stand feature took some time to break in, perhaps because of the quality of the leather, but now it is a beauty and works great when I want to play music or watch something on it.
This is not my first case, and it definitely won't be my last. I love Portenzo and its products and recommend it to everyone I meet and that notices my cases. Jaysen on Wed December 10th 2014
This is my second Portenzo case. My first was the Composition case for my iPad 2. (I love that case too!). I upgraded to the iPad Air 2 and needed a new case. Of course I would order another awesome case. I had a hard time deciding but picked the Tesoro and seriously the pictures online just don't do this case justice! It keeps my iPad safe and in beauty like no other. I would love to see how this is done on a "how it's made" show. It is absolutely amazing! The map is pressed into the leather and the quality is so surprising you just have to see it! Everyone who sees my cases are just in awe. Keep up the excellent work "awesome people" and if you are considering this case...you really want one!!!!! Cindy Dvorak on Tue December 9th 2014
As usual, Portenzo delivers the highest quality cases you can buy for your mobile devices. This is my third or fourth iPad case. Like my very first case, this one arrived with some problems. The sleep/wake doesn't work, my iPad Air 2 sits unevenly in the holder (one corner sits higher than all others) and the cutout for the volume is a leftover design from the older iPads and is way too large.
Despite all of this, I will continue to buy Portenzo products. Their customer service is very good and they care about every single product they sell. I have no doubt that they will fix all my concerns. Unknown on Mon December 8th 2014
Love my case and the individual attention to detail as well as the customization advice! Great company to deal with. Linda Fraser on Wed December 3rd 2014
I just received my Tesoro case and it's beautifully crafted. My iPad Air 2 fits perfectly, and it's much lighter than a lot of the book style cases I looked at. The color on the Tesoro is a bit different than what's on the site (more brown and less golden tones) but variations like that are to be expected with any handmade product. Love it! Nastassia on Wed November 26th 2014
I have purchased multiple products for multiple technologies, and love the quality, but most of all the "cool factor" that they exude. Beautiful, they look so custom, and the usability is fantastic.
I'm definitely a major fan!! Brian in Denver on Wed November 5th 2014
This is my third (have a fourth case coming for the iPhone 6 plus) case from Portenzo, but words don't do this one justice. I had the "Old Book" for the iPad 3 and thought it was great. However, I just received the Tesoro for my iPad Air and it's RIDICULOUS! This case is really a head turner. I'm not getting another iPad for a very long time - I'm not giving this case up! Can't wait for the Passport for my iPhone 6.
JWalt on Tue October 21st 2014
I have just received my Alano case for my Ipad Air and it is the best. I shopped around and research the available cases and the Alano leaves the others for dead, they are not in the same class. Also the service provided by the staff with some queries I had was excellent, emails where promptly answered and nothing was a problem. I would highly recommend Portenzo to anyone looking for a quality product. Warren on Thu October 9th 2014
I received this case (Alano Tesoro, iPad Air) about a month ago and so far I am absolutely loving it. Works well and I have no complaints. Almost everyone who sees this case wants to get one for themselves. Apart from the discount that I got from chatting with Lea online, I made a comment with my order asking Portenzo to surprise me and make my purchase special - they threw in an embossed leather key ring. Love it! Wish there was someway to upload photos. All in all, thanks guys, you're the best! Buchanan on Fri September 26th 2014
This is my second Ipad case purchase. I was impressed with my first case for the IPAD 2. But, my Ipad Air case isn't what I expected. I don't have any negative comments about my recent purchased. I will say that it was a fair price and feels comfortable in my hand. The styling and looks could be improved inside the case. I had to use Vaseline and mink oil to darken the outside case to my taste. I rate this case a neutral. For carry and traveling, fits nice in my backpack. A+. Frank Dimond on Sun August 31st 2014
This is the best product I've purchased for my ipad. It's a company, I plan to deal with for my Holiday gift list.
Dinah on Wed August 20th 2014
I recently purchased 2 Alano Book Cases - Chestnut for me and the Tesoro for my partner, both for iPad Air. Both are absolutely gorgeous. The quality of the finish and the functionality is so far superior to anything else we looked at. In fact on opening our packages my first response was "absolutely bloody beautiful" ( excuse my Aussie slang). Assailed by that beautiful leather smell and the fine finish, it was love at first sight! Thankyou Portenzo! Susanne. on Thu July 31st 2014
I am a priest who wanted to use the iPad as a Bible in church, to lead worship, and to preach from it. I did not want folks to think that I was "goofing off" during church. This Alano Book Case was just the ticket! It is beautiful, rich, and expertly crafted. All the pictures and positive reviews I had seen and read about were "spot on." the case turned out even better than expected. I had custom artwork on the front, yet from the day of order to the day it arrived was just under 2 weeks. I expected a month for such a fine case with custom engraving. I like the case so much, I would be hard pressed to want to upgrade my iPad anytime soon - don't want to lose my case. Unknown on Wed July 9th 2014
I like it a lot - cool cowboy accounting ledger. I think the only thing I didn't realize is that the leather is softer than the hardbound book I've bought before. It doesn't QUITE stand up on it's own the way my last case did, but it can sufficiently. Nothing bad.
"Hey this is Lea with customer support. When you 1st get the Alano the IntellIStand spine may be a bit tight. This will loosen with time and use. If you need help on how to break that in sooner, shoot me a message. I can send you a video. Awesomeperson@portenzo.com Thanks!" Unknown on Wed July 2nd 2014
This is my third purchase over the last 4 or 5 years. This current purchase is so beautiful and a classic. I get compliments all of the time. It is sleek and very well made. I use my Ipad constantly throughout the day so the case gets used plenty. I love that it is made in the USA. Also the customer service is wonderful. The elastic wore out on my other case and they responded immediately. Keep up the great work. The other great thing about this company is they keep improving the products and making a bigger selection for all types of uses.
The only thing that I wish they would change is the elastic band. It wears out quicker than the frame itself. I was thinking of maybe a snap type closing. In any event, I can't say enough about how wonderful this product is. Thank you for the great products! Joni on Tue July 1st 2014
This is truly beautiful work. Portenzo took the Ipad Alano case and made if for my Google Nexus 10, and it fits perfectly.
The leather is top notch, and the attention to detail is astounding for what I paid for it.
If I had to change ANYTHING about it, I would have wanted the wooden frame to have a hard back, rather than an opening underneath, though I'm sure there is probably a design reason why it was constructed that way. With the opening under the frame, the leather flexes IN on the back when holding the case. Nick on Thu June 26th 2014
I have the Alano "old book chestnut"and it just seems to get better and better. This is a high quality, handcrafted cover that still gives me a feeling of appreciation when I look at it, which is often because I am using my iPad a lot more now that I have it. Everything about the design is carefully thought out. It is light and strong and feels good in the hand. And it's BEAUTIFUL! Unknown on Tue June 10th 2014
The iPad cover that I bought for my husband is amazing. The detail in the product is so well done. I am surprisingly blown away by it. I can't wait to give it my husband for father's day!! I hit it out of the park with this gift! Thank you!!
Shannon on Wed June 4th 2014
This is the best Portenzo ipad case, I ever used compare to apple case. I love the smell of the thick leather.My ipad fit perfectly into the case. The shipping service was amazing fast to Canada. Unknown on Mon April 28th 2014
I've had my Portenzo iPad Case (The one that looks like a map;) for over a year and I love it! It has become smoother, softer, more amazing, etc... Recently I was using my ipad to teach a guitar lesson and I set it on my leg, it slipped off and awkwardly hit a corner of a music case. My Portenzo ipad case was CRACKED in the wood next to the area for the lightning adapter to plug in! I was bummed out big time. I was going to try to fix it, but there was nothing I could do :( I went on the website to possibly buy another case and decided to contact Portenzo. I emailed some pics of the damage and they told me to send it in. Not only did they FIX my case Beautifully, they didn't charge me very much at all! The damage to the case was all my fault, just a stupid accident and they still stood behind their product. This company is incredible and I've turned tons of people onto Portenzo cases-Now I have another great reason to keep spreading the Portenzo word! Thanks again-You guys Rock! Dallas on Wed April 23rd 2014
I bought the Apple smart case when I bought my ipad. It's good if you work in an office or for use around the house but I use my ipad in a dump truck. So I needed something thicker that would hold up well with the vibration and dusty conditions of a dump truck. So far, this case has exceeded expectations. Since it's one big piece of leather, there are few places where the dust can get in. And since the leather is nice and thick, the ipad can bump against things and the case acts as a shock absorber, thoroughly protecting the ipad. The wood where the ipad sits in is smooth to the touch and the rubber feet that hold the ipad in place work beautifully. Once the ipad is in, it's not moving until you want to take it out. This case is the definition of quality. Highly recommended. Erick M. on Tue April 8th 2014
Just received my Alano ledger yesterday. This is my second case from Portenzo, and I wouldn't cover my ipad with anything less.
Jimmy did a mastery job on crafting this case. The leather is just sturdy yet refined and supple. The workmanship reminds me of some of the painstaking work you see in old medieval cathedrals. The intellistand function is pure genius, and the level of detailing makes this case a true work of art. For book lovers and discerning people, there is no other way to go. I am not easily given to hyperbole; but I think that Portenzo is in a class of itself when it comes to ipad cases.
In fact, I'm a little concerned about taking this case in the jungle outside... Christian on Thu April 3rd 2014
This review is for the Portenzo Alano (black) for iPad Air, purchased in March 2014.
This is a gorgeous and functional case. I've /particular/ taste and this case does not disappoint. The leather is simply amazing; thick and yet supple The wood which encases the device is perfectly cut so the iPad fits perfectly. I love the way the case can be spread (?) such that the case itself serves as a stand. Further, the stylus holder and cuts for the camera are perfect. There is no doubt in my mind this is the most refined, luxurious, and functional iPad (Air) case available. Finally, the transaction and shipping from Portenzo was outstanding. Minnesota Mike on Sun March 30th 2014