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Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air Detail: Manila Mac for 13" MacBook Air

Manila Mac for the 13" MacBook Air

This is the sleeve that started it all, shooting a couple of Mac-obsessed kids into the world of computer accessory design at light speed.

Designed for the original MacBook Air, this sleeve fits all incarnations of 13" MacBook Air. The Manila Mac laptop sleeve is made of durable manila-colored vinyl and lined with fuzzy, soft fleece. The crafty closure of two buttons and a piece of red cord is designed to give you the flexibility you want: tie it up, down, loosely, tightly. All Manila Mac sleeves have the same dimensions as standard interoffice manila envelopes, which will serve to remind you—and everyone around you—that your new MacBook Air really is the thinnest laptop in the world!

A word to the wise: the Manila Mac isn't one of those extreme, bump-around-however-you-want, rugged laptop cases. It's a sleeve designed to protect your MacBook Air from daily scrapes and dings, so treat your AirMail (and your laptop!) with the care it deserves.

Each Manila Mac sleeve comes an extra button and string, as well as a removable "address" sticker, which we will hand-address to you unless you specify otherwise in your order.

The Story

When Steve Jobs fist pulled the original 13" MacBook Air out of a manila envelope at his 2008 MacWorld keynote presentation, we—Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans—were watching. Immediately, and excitedly, we came up with an idea: why not design a laptop sleeve for the MacBook Air that looked exactly like that manila envelope?

A few prototypes later, Manila Mac was born. It was an instant phenomenon; we sold out the first run of our sleeves before we fully realized we'd inadvertently started a laptop accessory company. We could never have anticipated the response we’d get to this product. For a while, it seemed like every tech website on the Internet was plugging the AirMail—Mac Complainer called it a "game changer," while Engadget lamented, "Oh, if only we were this clever."

Needless to say, it's been a wild ride, and we're still amazed we managed to get thousands of Manila Macs from the drawing board and into people's homes. We’ve learned so much over the years, mostly by trial and error, and we never could have done it without our customers.


"When Steve Jobs revealed the MacBook Air by pulling it from a manilla envelope, the race was on to come up with a faux-velope case. A race which Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans (a musician and a journalist, respectively) have won." - image Wired

"In the 'why didn't I think of that' category" - image CNET

"Oh, if only we were this clever." - image Engadget

"That Manila MacBook Air Case is Real At Last" - image Gizmodo

"My favorite new case has to be the riff on Jobs' manila envelope bit" - image Geeksugar

"Really fast working there! I guess they will sell a bunch!" - image MySpace News

"Jeez, these makers moved fast!" - image Make

"It's not the most durable bag available, but among the most clever." - image TUAW

"Jump on the hype-wagon and pre-order the AirMail" - image Cool Hunting

"It took only 2 days, before the first must-have MacBook Air accessory hit the proverbial shelves..." - image

"A game changer for laptop sleeves" - image Mac Complainer


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