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Griffin Partners with Fashion Accessories Craftsman Otis James to Unveil Limited Edition Sleeves for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5

Handmade iPhone sleeves will be sold exclusively in Griffin’s first-ever retail store in London as well as on www.GriffinTechnology.com

Nashville, TN – September 26, 2012 – Griffin Technology, one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Otis James, Nashville-based tie and hat maker, have partnered together to create a line of handmade protective sleeves for iPhone 4, 4S and 5 which will be sold exclusively in Griffin’s London store and on Griffin’s website.

In 2009, Otis James moved to Nashville, Tennessee, intent upon learning the craft of making clothing. While working at a local tuxedo shop his co-worker asked him to make neckties for her father and brother for Father’s Day. He had never made a tie before but gladly took the commission. It became evident that Otis had a gift for tie making and within a few months, he was receiving commissions to make custom neckties for weddings. In 2010, Otis launched his online store selling handcrafted neckties, bow ties and caps. Today, Otis’ handmade goods are also sold in boutiques around the country and he’s garnered international recognition for his designs and craftsmanship.

Otis’ motto is simple: make a quality product, with great attention to detail. He takes great care to make sure that nothing in his studio is automated. Every detail is hand-finished, even down to the stamps on the labels.

Griffin Technology connected with Otis while planning a limited edition line of premium, handmade iPhone cases this year. “Otis James’ designs are impeccable. His unique craftsmanship and attention to detail add a signature flair to everyday accessories,” said Keavy Murphree, Trend Product Line Manager at Griffin Technology. “When Griffin set out to produce handmade cases, we immediately knew Otis James would be a great fit for our brand, and being based in Nashville just sweetened the deal.”

“An iPhone sleeve was never something I thought about making, but it turned out being fun to explore new construction methods, taking the ideals of what I already make and transforming them into a new product,” Otis says. “I’ve been hesitant to work with big companies because of the level of disconnect, but collaborating with Griffin was a really personal experience, very hands on from start to finish. I was surprised by how personal the relationship became.”

Griffin + Otis James iPhone Sleeves feature:

  • Otis James design, hand-made in his studio in Nashville
  • Slim, pocketable protective case
  • Pocket on front stores credit cards and cash
  • Every detail is hand-finished, down to the stamps on the labels

Order Griffin + Otis James cases beginning today for $75 on www.griffintechnology.com/otis-james and check out the video for more information about the collaboration. For more information about Griffin Technology visit www.griffintechnology.com, and for more information about Otis James visit www.otisjamesnashville.com.

About Griffin Technology

Founded on Paul Griffin's kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world's foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin's entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.

About Otis James

Otis James is a creator of fine, handcrafted accessories with a strong commitment to quality, detail and craftsmanship. His hand-finished ties and caps are made exclusively in his Nashville studio and sold at www.otisjames.com and specialty stores around the world.

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