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Nine stylish camera bags. No really.

Nine stylish camera bags. No really.

I’ve started bringing my DSLR with me more these days, and my Cambridge Satchel Company habit is not compatible. I have a little Crumpler camera bag that sort of works, but the strap is too short and I find it difficult to get in and out of. So, I am on the hunt for a nice-looking, simple bag that will fit my camera safely, and will also fit in my bike basket.

Impossible? I hope not. When I started googling this, I kept coming up with really frilly looking ‘women’s camera bags’ with pointless flowers on them. Do we need to review why camera bags don’t need to be gendered, and they don’t need to involve frills and unnecessary zipper pulls? *sigh* It’s nearly as bad as diaper bags and bicycle panniers.

This is an on-the-go, everyday kind of camera bag I’m looking for – no extra lenses or anything. Most of the companies I mention make camera bags specifically, and they have options for those of you toting more kit than I do.

So here’s my list of stylish camera bags that don’t scream CAMERA BAG. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. This first ONA bag is the priciest of the lot, so don’t despair, there’s more below!

ONA

I’ve seen these around for awhile, and while they are beautiful, they are also very pricey. Still, I hear they last forever.

The Brooklyn €534

ONA brooklyn-black-frontONA brooklyn-black-interior

The Palma €388

ONA palma_black_sideONA palma inside

Johansen

I had only seen people link to Johansen bags that looked too fiddly for me so I hadn’t investigated further. Silly me, they make some gorgeous simple ones too. I am seriously lusting after the Sienna, but I’m not really a brown bag person – I reckon I could make an exception. If they make it in oxblood or black, I’m in serious trouble. I think I’d go for the Granada though, affordable and simple.

The Sienna $179 USD

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The Granada $99 USD

Jobags granadamain

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Cheeky Lime

Most the shapes here didn’t really work for me, but their satchel in cherry red was the exception. I love that it has detachable backpack straps, because satchel backpacks make me weak in the knees.

Locho Satchel $129.95 USD

Cheeky Lime Loko satchelCheeky Lime Loko inside

Studio Lei Momi

I dipped into Etsy for this one, as I’ve had good luck with Etsy bags. This one is faux leather, which I appreciate for its affordability and protection from rain. The yellow is lovely too – I have several yellow satchels and love them dearly, particularly in grey February.

Alice in Summer bag €117.02

Studio LeMomi satchelStudio Le Momi inside

Pompidoo

European and lovely, Pompidoo has some gorgeous leather options. Again, pricey. But… so pretty. The Geneva below also comes in a beautiful grey.

Geneva €240

Pompidoo GenevaPompidoo geneva inside

Tokyo €290

Pompidoo TokyoPompidoo Tokyo inside

GATTA

I just discovered this bag through Instagram, and I think this is my new favourite of the lot. The black one goes fast, so preorder is the way to go. I am so tempted by the pink though… gah!

Lola $149 USD

gatta outside

So which one would I choose? If budget wasn’t an issue, I think I’d go for either of the Pompidoo bags. For affordability? I think I’d go with the Johansen Granada bag. What about you?

Note: all prices are correct at time of writing, all images belong to their respective companies.

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Five things I love from the new Canadian Marks & Spencer online shop

Five things I love from the new Canadian Marks & Spencer online shop

I admit it, I paid crazy duties and taxes to import underwear from Marks & Spencer. But now, oh now I don’t have to. I can order in Canadian currency and not pay duties! Hurrah! And now I don’t even have to limit myself to underwear. Unfortunately there’s no food available on the site… Yet.

Spotty anorak

spotty anorak

Spots! Sort of waterproof!

Lace floral dress

floral lace dress

Normally I’m not a big fan of their Per Una line, but the mirrored florals has won me over in this case. Despite the model looking like she’s witnessing some spectacular workplace accident happening behind the camera.2

Polka dot peep toes

polka dot peep toe

I have a thing for polka dots. You must know this by now.

Double-walled glass teapot

teapot

Watching tea spread through hot water is mesmerizing.

Picnic hamper

picnic hamper

Cumbersome, impossible to carry more than 5 feet fully loaded, but somehow I desperately want one of these.

Go forth and order, Canadians, without duties!

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Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

My thoughts have been turning to autumn shoes. I know, I can hear you clapping your hands over your ears and shouting at me that it’s not even August. But, just, bear with me.

I find myself looking for a very specific pair of boots or shoes these days. I get this picture in my mind, and it drives me crazy when I can’t find it. I have my summer shoe game down (thank you Worishofer and Salt Water) but winter… not quite.

That’s where custom footwear comes in.

It’s hard not to think of beautiful wooden lasts hanging in a panelled cobbler’s shop, all creaky leather ottomans and men in half spectacles and waistcoats when one thinks of bespoke footwear. And if I could afford it, I would be there, in a heartbeat. There is the slightly less expensive version, which are the custom footwear outfits popping up.

No one has your foot moulded and ready to handcraft a pair of shoes, but in this case, you can specify more elements than just your standard shoe size. Multiple calf width for boots, several foot widths, more colour and fabric or leather choices are all hallmarks of custom shoemakers.

Poppy Barley La Hacienda boot / Photo by Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Photo credit: Poppy Barley/Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Poppy Barley

A Canadian company that combines fair trade footwear with made-to-measure. They have some truly gorgeous options, and I have been thinking hard over which pair of their boots I’m going to invest in. The beautiful pair above is from their Fall/Winter 2015 line. Poppy Barley

 

DUO Fader biker boot

Photo credit: DUO Boots

Duo

A more affordable option in the made-to-measure game, DUO offers some chunkier options than the sleek Poppy Barley. If you’ve been searching for a biker boot that fits your muscular calves yet narrow feet, this could solve your problem. DUO

 

shoesofprey

Photo credit: Shoes of Prey

Shoes of Prey

I’ve written about Shoes of Prey before here, but I’ll reiterate. More of a custom design shop than made-to-measure, Shoes of Prey has the best selection of heel heights, shoes shapes, and leather choice I’ve seen. That being said, if you have very tiny or very large feet, they can do it: US sizes from 2.5 to 15 are covered. Shoes of Prey

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Lovely things: Gift Guide edition

Lovely things: Gift Guide edition

gift guide 2013

 

The result of sore feet and fingers, I have tromped through the craft market and trawled Etsy to find gift ideas for you, my lovely readers. Excepting the Modern Farmer bag, all of the above come from Canadian shops and craftspeople. I would have left it out, but… pixellated tractors! I couldn’t, it wouldn’t have been fair to you.

1. Jersey infinity scarf, bicycle print // Whiteout Workshop

2. Antler vintage blanket pillow // Identity

3. Leaf pendant // Zula Jewelry

4. Blue and white stamp salad bowl // Artet

5. Modern Farmer magazine canvas shopper // Modern Farmer

6. Boiled wool hat with vintage fur // Julie Sinden

7. Sheep pillow // Velvet Moustache

8. BOT-L water bottle // Ontario Art Gallery Shop

9. PLOG-IT light fixture (one bulb, coloured cord) // Ontario Art Gallery Shop

All images courtesy the artisan and/or retailer. 

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