Pirate Cat: custom iPhone case & laptop sleeve from Caseable! Designer cell phone cases, Scottish Fold in bow tie.

lion cat, scottish fold cat wearing bowtie, bow tie cat

Ok, this is a ridiculously cute post featuring my Scottish Fold kitten in a bow tie

Yes, I’m a cat-lady. I take a zillion photos of Basil Farrow, and his round head graces the logo of my TV / coolhunting company, La Carmina & The Pirates.

designer iphone, custom cell phone case

My iPhone’s on/off button stopped working, so I recently upgraded to an iPhone 5. When Caseable invited me to design my own cellphone case, I took this opportunity to hoist my ship’s flag, designed by First Mate Naomi.

customized iphone case, laptop sleeve

I also custom-designed a laptop sleeve, with Joanna’s winning design from my La Carmina Goth Travel contest.

la carmina and the pirates, basil farrow

It was fun and easy to make custom designs using Caseable’s website. I selected the iPhone 5 template, then uploaded the high-res images and moved them around until I was satisfied with the layout. There are also options to change the background color and add text.

print photo on phone cover, laptop case

You could save and share the designs before placing your order. If you’re not feeling creative, you can choose a pre-made design by a modern artist (see examples above).

caseable, custom designer mobile phone cases

And then the goods are delivered to your door. As you can see, the printing job was spot-on, with no color mismatches or blurriness. Everything’s hand-crafted in Brooklyn, from recycled materials. The materials and stitching are solid; I can tell they’ll last through my journeys.

cat iphone case, cool laptop bag

Ah, the joys of having a one-of-a-kind mobile phone case! Thanks Caseable for providing this treat; they’re on Facebook and Twitter too.

custom cat collars, bow tie cat

I haven’t been doing many DIY or home decor projects recently, since I’m always on the road. Luckily, Basil Farrow’s grandma is picking up the slack — and made him this special bow tie for his birthday.

cat costumes, bowties for cats

Aren’t the colors and style a perfect fit for this gentleman?

lion cat, teddy bear cat breed

Basil doesn’t mind wearing costumes or hats, or even cat wigs.

yellow colored cat, solid cream fur color

The bow-tie had to be extra, extra large to accommodate his fat neck… I think it suits his personality perfectly.

pochoir printmaking, pop art stencils paintings, prints

As for home decoration, do you remember the pop printmaking lesson I had in Arizona? Artist David Manje sent me a few of the prints we made together. You can spot angry Basil in the mix.

stencils painting, rainbow modern art

I also arranged the stencils into a pattern, and pasted them on these boards. To see how we achieve these colors, watch my pochoir print-making video tutorial.

gentleman cat, scottish folds

For daily photos of my dapper, folded-eared cat, follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@lacarmina).

fashion blogger magazine cover, goth model magazines

Have you done any crafts or sewing lately? How do you decorate your home and cell phone?

PS: I updated my press page with the latest clips, magazine covers and interviews. View it here.

PPS: Off to the Maldives and Middle East! Be sure to follow my Instagram for plentiful updates.


  1. Rita
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Awww~ What a cutie~

  2. Lisa
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    A Sweetie bear!

  3. Shiro
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink


  4. Key
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I guess Basil is Doctor who fan or rather fan of the 11th doctor! “bow ties are cool”

  5. Maqaroon
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    That looks amazing, thank you!!

  6. Courtney
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink


  7. Yab
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Permalink


  8. Galo
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Looking awesome as always!!!

  9. Balder
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    You look gorgeous!!

  10. Sandra
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink


  11. Sandy
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    I live in dubai :0

  12. HKT
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Haha! Isn’t he cute?!

  13. Kris
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Your hair is super adorable in this shot! I love it~ Have fun on your latest adventure~ ^-^

  14. Francesca
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Coolest, most elegant cat in the world by miles!!! <3 <3 <3

  15. Penny
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    he is just soooooo cute!

  16. Sue
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    he’s quite dapper!

  17. Sami
    Posted May 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Such a great case!!


  18. Paul Dj
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Sweet cat

  19. DJ kid
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Cases are great I wanna order one

  20. Kelly
    Posted May 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I love basil !!

  21. Laura W
    Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    looks like a teddy bear!

  22. hopy
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    so cute, I love cats, and I also have a lovely cat like

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    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    He’s so adorable and fat hun! haahahahha :) I have put a bow on my cat plenty of times before too. Loving the iPhone case ^_^

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