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.
We’ve previously reviewed the Vintage Leather strap by Figosa shortly after we first heard about them, and the strap even made it to a carefully curated list of our favorites. And today, the company is announcing that the straps are getting a little bit more swag to them: they’re now coming in colors. After a company announcement, Laura and Andrea (the creators) once again explained that these are still being hand made. At the moment, they only have white and lavender–which are both available in their Etsy store.
Because of the dyeing process, these straps are a tad pricier at $40.84; but considering the strength and quality of the Italian leather being used, that’s still a bargain.
Tap and Dye makes some seriously fashionable camera straps at an affordable price. Their LEGACY straps were designed to adorn mirrorless cameras and vintage film cameras. And today, they’re announcing a pretty big evolution. The previous straps (such as the LEGACY wrist and shoulder straps that we reviewed) used a split ring that was a tad frustrating to attach to the camera. Their newest addition to the LEGACY line is the same as the previous shoulder strap in nearly every way except for a brand new brass spring clip–that actually attaches to a split ring. This clip will probably not give as much security as the split ring (we’ll have to test that in our review) but it surely is a heck of a lot easier to attach it and detach it. That means that it will be easier to use with a Sony NEX camera or Micro Four Thirds.
The straps themselves are still made from leather treated with natural oils and dark amber beeswax for extra protection.
Antique Tan and Dark Amber Beeswax are launching now and Black & Natural along with Royal Navy Patina will be launching in beginning of July. You can currently snag one for $74 if you check out their product page. Tech specs and more images are after the jump.
Renowned for both the beauty and functionality of its bags and accessories, ONA recently announced several new additions to its catalogue. Four bags–the Leather Bowery, the Bolton Street Backpack, the Dark Truffle Leather Brixton, and the Smoke Bowery–and one camera strap, the Presidio Camera Strap, comprise the new summer lineup. Head on for a quick look at ONA’s latest offerings. [click to continue…]