I've been on the hunt recently for headphones with a better sound quality than the standard Apple earphones which came with my iPhone. I kept seeing pictures of these adorable Frends Layla Headphones (RRP £140) all over the web but found relatively little information about any retailers that sell them on the UK highstreet.
I really wanted to try out these in-store as they're pretty pricey and I wanted to see how they'd compare to a pair of Beats Solo 2 but I only managed to find Frends Headphones online. Most of the reviews I found were positive. These suit my fashion style down to a tee too and with the option of customisable caps covering the ear pieces I was sold. I bought this pair direct from the company's European website eu.wearefrends.com and with a 15% discount code and only £5 shipping from the Netherlands, it turned out to be £109, much cheaper than buying from UK stores online!
There's a few colours available and though tempted to get the white and gold pair which matches my phone I settled on black and gold as this suits most of my outfits. I definitely see these as an accessory and I have to admit these headphones are more style than substance. The sound is good and has more clarity than Apple's earphones, but it's not quite the rich tone I was hoping for. The sound leaks too. I definitely had higher expectations, especially considering the cost of these headphones.
There are some good points though. I find these headphones very comfortable as the soft cushion-y speaker sits just on my ears and the small design means it doesn't take up too much space in my handbag. Thankfully these are compatible with iPhone featuring similar music controls as there's nothing more annoying than trying to dig out my phone from the bottom of my bag just to change or pause my music.
I'm currently on the fence about these as I change my mind every time I use them. They're beautiful headphones but I expected a little more for the cost.