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Question: I tracked down her glasses a long time ago, but in Always Be My Maybe, Ali Wong has the most distractingly gorgeous laptop case. Google is not helping me. What is this magnificent item and where can I get one?
If we’ve learned anything from speaking to truly stylish people for a living, it’s that the little things — like the case you choose to carry your laptop everywhere — matter. In Always Be My Maybe, Ali Wong’s character Sasha, a rising celebrity chef based in San Francisco, carries a green-marble laptop case that stands out in the same way her subtly stylish cat-eye glasses and Fiorucci T-shirts do. But anyone who has typed “marble laptop case” into Google knows there are a ton of options out there (the material has been a popular inspiration for phone cases and other tech gear for years). So we went to the source and called up Always Be My Maybe’s prop master, Bryan Korenberg to find out the exact case he chose for Sasha — and what other cases he recommends for anyone coveting her laptop case.
Turns out, Korenberg says he found the laptop case seen in the film via a process most online shoppers will recognize — browsing on Amazon. “More and more of the shopping for movie productions is happening online for the variety and availability,” he explains. “This was found through an Amazon search.” He said he chose the style partly because it hides a laptop’s “distracting” logo, and that he actually bought three options, letting Wong make the final decision herself. “Ali liked it — the feeling was that Sasha wouldn’t have a simply functional boring black cover.” But Wong isn’t the only fan of the Always Be My Maybe laptop case (which costs less than $20) — the exact model, which is made of bicast leather and fits a 13-inch MacBook Air, has more than a thousand five-star reviews on Amazon.
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