Creative types can always benefit from a business partner -- after all, without Brian Epstein, the Beatles would've been just a very good leather-jacketed rock band drinking and screwing their way across Europe... Okay, that actually sounds pretty good. For a symbiotic relationship that doesn't involve silly haircuts, check out Beautiful Skin.
Skin slings iPod/Phone/Pad/Kindle sheaths covered in ornately-inked designs, all made from "100% kid skin leather" (or, what really happens if you don't eat your greens); the endeavor's led by a pair of Shoreditch flatmates, one a chef-turned-designer, the other in marketing, which for chefs nets only the edible kind of squid. Lined with suede and inspired by a range of artistic epochs, the lineup includes:
Gothic, Victorian-esque Horse & Rider: surrounded by finely-detailed flora, with an x-ray like effect exposing each's skeletal structure, so you can see that what you thought came straight from the horse's mouth, actually originates with the diaphragm.
Medieval Sun and Moon: this woodcut-style number depicts the heavenly bodies with ancient cartoonish faces, with a bisected background of earthy 70s-style wallpaper, and an older Georgian pattern that involves pineapples, enraging anyone expecting pudding and pie.
Kind of Scary Wolf: This more modern, pencil sketched, finely-detailed snarler is surrounded by more simply drawn Venus Fly Traps; you know they're not from Mars, because when the "seat" goes up, things die.
Also available: various designs of oyster card holders, plus "cuff wallets" -- leather wrist-wrappers that unfold to reveal a secret money stash, so you can keep what you wa-a-a-a-a-ant, even if a desperately broke creative type pulls a Revolver.