For some, a $20 case just isn’t enough to compliment a $650+ smartphone, the iPhone 5.   Which is why many should look to these high-end, luxury iPhone 5 cases. From premium leather to durable aluminum, these luxury cases are anything but cheap.  However, not only will they protect your new iPhone 5 from scratches, falls and more, but they’ll also do it while looking sleek, stylish, and adding a twist of uniqueness to the some what common Apple handset.

Top 11 Luxury iPhone 5 Cases

11. Hand Graft Skinny Fit Case

Juxtaposing high-end materials to create unique & cleverly thought through designs with unrivaled attention to detail and stellar craftsmanship, these Hand Graft Skinny Fit cases are stylish and sleek. They’re handmade in Italy and are made from premium vegetable tanned Italian leather. For $105 It features a subtle card slot for credit cards and an opening for your headphones, while protecting your phone in its slim case.

10. Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book

Touted to be the thinnest handmade case they’ve ever created, the Little Pocket Book features luxurious genuine leather inside and out. The case does it all and has pockets to hold credit cards, cash and more, while offering superior protection for your iPhone 5. For $60, it come is either brown or black leather and is a handmade case that uses real Baltic birch wood and is finished with a gorgeous satin coating.

9. iPhone 5 Wallet by Semofir

The case from Semofir’s Etsy shop sells for $109 and made from top-grain cow leather and is designed for functionality and protection. A snap button separates the case from the wallet, allowing it to be used to hold cash and cards. You can even personalize the case for free!

8. Edge Design AKTIV iPhone 5 Case

The high-end, lightweight aluminum case features an anodized finish and a strong interchangeable polymer band that suspends your phone inside the open sided aluminum case, so that the metal doesn’t touch your phone.  Each case has a lifetime warranty and has a unique serial number engraved into each case that sells for $99.

7. Grove Plain iPhone 5 Case

Considered to be a “beautiful warrior,” the Grove case is precision milled from a solid block of bamboo and hand sanded and oiled to a craftsman like quality. Stronger than ever thanks to a plant fiber composite interior laminated to the bamboo exterior, the case comes in a variety of exteriors, including plain, custom and a wide assortment of other etched decorations. The plain case is $79, while the custom one starts at $129.

6. CalypsoCase Ring Cases

These fashionable iPhone cases are for those who care about what holds their iPhone 5 and come in a variety of models, including Zurich Night, Bilbao by Storm, Austin Chill and Bubbly Sydney, all for $130. Each case reflects fashionable leather, colors and glowing shades of silver. The CalypsoCase is perfected via a pure silver Calypso Ring that’s hand polished to outlast any other iPhone case you’ve seen before, while the inside has on the best materials like premium leather and more.

5. LifeProof frē iPhone 5 Case

The most advance phone needs the most advanced case ever built and the LifeProof frē is just that. The case allows you to enjoy the freedom to go everywhere and do everything with your phone since it’s waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof that lets you take your phone on any adventure you go on for $80.


The LUNATIK TAKTIK 5 Black case is a premium protection system for your iPhone 5. the rugged case balances strong iconic aesthetics with innovative performance to transform your phone through bold design, precision engineering and the best performance materials available. It includes Gorilla Glass and will guard your case from unexpected falls, spills and more. Price is TBD but you can sign up for a notification.

3. Element Case Sector Aluminum 5 (SE)

Element’s Sector case is the most extreme case of theirs because every detail of its design is supposed to exceed expectations. The case features a sleek ergonomic shape for a comfortable grip , while the CNC Trussed design allows it to be super strong and lightweight. The Sector 5’s super thin multi-link perimeter frame design is comprised of 8 individual links to create a modular design that allows endless customization or upgrade possibilities. The case comes in Gun Metal Grey, Silver or Black and all feature a satin Flux Finish. It’s also covered with a full one year manufactures defect warranty and retails for $140.

2. EXOVault EXO16 for iPhone 5 Brass Hardwood

The EXOvault EXO16 for iPhone 5 Brass Hardwood is a luxurious case for you phone. Designed, manufactured and assembled by hand in Brooklyn, NYC, this case is the premier model in the EXO15 lineup for the iPhone 5. The case covers your phone  in elegant and strong Pau Ferro wood which is capped on the ends with impact resistant brass. it’s held together with four strong stainless steel screws, and you’ll get a screw driver and additional screws with your order. The phone retails for $240, but since it’s backordered, you can score one for $216.

1. Gresso Titanium Black

Sleek and slim with a distinct design is what describes the Gresso Titanium Black bumper case. Not only does it look good, but it also protects the sides, back and front of your phone from damage and scratches. Its PVD-coating is extremely strong and gives the bumper an elegant look. The Gresso bumper-case comprises an upper and lower titanium frames, connected with screws and hidden inside magnet locks. It opens-up and closes with a single move, creating a special click sound. Opposed to the other bumper accessories, it does not require additional instruments. All functional ports and buttons are accessed easily. This baby is so nice that it will set you back $1,000

Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.

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  2. I don’t understand why people wouldn’t spend the money on a good case when you have an iPhone 5. Really. I do think though that these are more appealing to men. Also the Grove cases do not offer good protection, just a higher price point.

  3. I have the lifeproof memoryofamartyr. If you think it’s crazy to spend $80 on a case that makes your phone with an 8mp camera and 1080p video waterproof, you’ve lost your mind. Took mine to Hawaii during thanksgiving, what a wonderful experience. Took photos and video snorkeling, surfing, cliff diving, sailing on a catamaran, and in a waterfall. Very handy indeed. I am in the shower now getting ready for school. Lifeproof rocks!

      1. Used my life proof 2200 miles on the Appalchian Trail. No water marks, warping or distortion of any kind. Damn good case for the active.

        1. I’m glad you like it. Maybe I got mine too early.

          I thought after the 1st case they made for the 4/4S and a few months after they released version 2, that they would learn from their mistake and make a better one for the 5, but I guess that we will see version 2 soon.

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