Alpaca’s are cute, fuzzy, and sometimes funny animals. And with lots of stylish camera straps these days being made from leather or canvas, these new addition from the Cecilia Gallery is quite a welcome surprise. The company has today announced a new line of 14 camera straps made of Alpaca wool and leather accents. Each strap comes with its own unique design and range somewhere in the $85 to $95 price point.
The company tells us that the straps are all handwoven in Peru and that they’ve got nylon built into them to help them support up to 250lbs of weight. Yes–we just said 250lbs, that’s what they’re claiming at least. In a situation like that, you can probably tote your 8×10 camera around your neck with one of these things.
The trend of beautiful, leather products has been around for a while now in the photo industry since ONA started strutting their sexiness all over the place. But on a recent trip to the Lomography store in NYC, I stumbled upon something else extremely beautiful but a little different. And upon asking them about the bag, I was introduced to Zkin. The company seems to be quite new (or at least their approach to the industry does) but already has an impressive lineup of bags.
And the one that really caught my eye is the Champ. Don’t ask me why they call it this. But for what it’s worth, I’ve found a bag that’s not only stylish, but also pretty damned functional.
Everyone has a camera bag that’s really just for them. And recently, designer Isaac Mizrahi introduced a number of camera bags that he designed with Elite Brands (the company that distributes Rokinon amongst other brands.) There are six new bags: the Kathryn, Kathryn Mini, Jane, Liz, Emily, and the I Clutch. Each bag was created to look like a designer bag but not to the point where you’re carrying something that looks like a knockoff that you’d find in Chinatown. Instead, there is still a sense of simplicity that was held to with the look. You’re not paying designer prices for them either.
The bags are meant to hold cameras of all different sizes: some can tote around (no pun intended) a mirrorless camera while others can hold a DSLR and lenses.
All of the bags are available for purchase now at B&H Photo. More photos of the bags are after the jump.
Cub and Company is one of the strap makers in the United States joining the growing list of those getting involved in the fashionable accessory game. Made in Long Island, NY by photographer Joel Chavez, these straps have an alluring vintage appeal to them while maintaining a semi-upscale aesthetic that would appeal to those looking for something with a youthful edge. We wouldn’t exactly call them hipster, but we’d sure as hell say that they’re for the discerning shooter.
It seems that the luxury camera strap arena is building momentum even more–with loads of the companies taking pride in both American manufacturing and designing. And the latest addition to the list is Cub and Company. Created by photographer Joel Chavez out in Long Island, NY, these straps have an alluring vintage appeal to them while maintaining a semi-upscale aesthetic to them that would appeal to would appeal to those looking for something with a youthful edge. We wouldn’t exactly call them hipster, but we’d sure as hell say that they’re for the discerning shooter.
Joel works out of his basement out on the island manufacturing and designing each strap. They’re all made from full grain leather, and waxed linen thread for better durability–which tends to be a very common process amongst the American companies.
Amongst the products on the goods page are a strap designed just for the SX-70, a wrist straps, a sling strap, normal camera strap, and film holders. Yes: Joel still appeals to the long forgotten part of our identity as photographers. We recommend heading over to their page and taking an oogle at the gorgeous designs.
When you own a retro camera such as the Olympus PEN E-P5, you also need the fitting retro accessories, that’s a given. And the guys from Olympus know that, so they announced their own exclusive series of leather accessories for the E-P5. The series comprises a very sexy bag, an elegant strap and a sleek half case. In combination, these items will take you straight back to the sixties. And just imagine everyone’s looks when you turn up in the year 1969 sporting a digital camera …
The CBG-9 bag, CSS-S117L strap and CS-41B half case have so far only been announced for Europe and Asia, and will retail for GBP 349.99 (bag), 129.99 (half case) and 89.99 (strap) respectively in the UK–that’s US-$ 538, 200 and 138 respectively at current exchange rates. We have no info on an official US release date yet.