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Fashionable Camera Bags


Your camera bag and strap should express your personality as much as anything else you wear. Camera bag and strap designers realize that we all have our own personalities and styles. They have created products to help photographers make a statement with their camera bags, without sacrificing necessary security and functionality. Each brand's design has its own look, so let's see which ones will enhance your sense of style.

ONA has a vision to provide products that complement a photographer's life and style. One of these visions has come to life and is made of 100 percent vegetable-tanned leather. With its Brooklyn Shoulder Bag, ONA goes old school. The refined look of a 1940s leather school bag is perfect for those who enjoy classic, beautiful lines. A cross-body padded strap and a top grab handle enhance the elegant design and provide easy carrying options. The top flap has two easy-open metal buckles that keep everything stylish and secure. The interior is customizable with three removable, adjustable dividers and can hold an SLR with lens attached and up to three additional lenses or accessories. The front pocket is a handy place for your wallet or keys. And your iPad can fit snugly into the slit pocket at the back of the bag. Fully functional, this classic will affirm you as a classic as well.

UNDFIND creates designer camera bags that you define in look and function. Their bags are UNDFIND, so you can define yourself. The One Bag from UNDFIND is designed with basic lines, yet is far from boring. What makes the One Bag so adaptable is the removable cover that is available in many different designer styles: Black Leather Skin, Baroque Skin, and Stone Gray. UNDFIND has covers to suit anyone's personality. The One Bag is made of wet-suit grade neoprene and is lined with ultra-soft felt for extra protection. Many pockets make carrying your tablet, phone, wallet, other smaller accessories, and documents a breeze. The bag can fit a laptop up to 13 inches, or with the detachable photo insert, can accommodate a camera body and 2 lenses or 3 lenses without a camera body. The main compartment of the bag has a zipper closure for enhanced protection, but when you are shooting, the zipper flaps fold back and stay out of your way. The top flap is held down with a clip beneath the cover, so the closure is hidden from sight and will not detract from the attractive bag. This bag is where modern style and function meet.

Knowing how the "utilitarian, less-than-fashionable camera bags that are commonly sold can sabotage both stylish and casual outfits," Ketti Handbags has created fun, functional, designer bags to complement your style. With a unique blend of a grid-lined red print, textured cotton canvas, pops of color from dual top carry handles, and functionality, the Grid Camera Bag is an original. It has vintage flair, unlike other camera bags in today's market. The functionality comes into play with two adjustable, removable dividers that you can use to customize the padded interior to fit your equipment. One DSLR and up to two lenses can fit in this bag. A top zipper closure keeps everything secure, and the bottom is rigid for added strength and durability. The two top carry handles are adorable and add to the vintage look, but for easier carrying, there is also a removable shoulder strap so you can wear it crossbody. Vintage style has never looked so good or functioned so well.

Kelly Moore Bags have a mission to create beautiful, not boring, camera bags that will help keep you organized and your contents well protected. If you are looking for something sophisticated yet trendy and absolutely useful, Kelly Moore's Chapel Convertible may be your perfect fit. The bag can be worn as a shoulder bag, as a cross-body bag, or as a backpack, with all the necessary straps included to make the changes. The colorful exterior material is lightweight and water resistant, and brass hardware adds an attractive accent. The interior has a removable zippered basket with three dividers that can hold your DSLR with up to a 9-inch lens or your pro or standard DSLR with grip and some smaller accessories you may need, including your tablet. By simply removing this basket, your bag becomes ready for everyday use. Additional pockets are bountiful, with room for magazines, documents, files, phone, wallet, and other personal effects. On the back is a zippered pocket with room for twelve flash cards and eight credit cards. Practical, useful, convertible—and not to mention, fun—this bag has and does it all.

Epiphanie was created by a woman who "hated lugging around a separate, bulky man bag" for her camera all the time, so she started her own line of bags for women. In this endeavor, Epiphanie has created a bag that is very boho. The Stella Shoulder Bag is fun, flirty, and functional. Tasseled zipper pulls create a cute look and give easy access to the plentiful exterior pockets, which are the right size for your wallet, keys, phone, and other items. Inside, there is also a zippered pocket for items that require more protection. The padded Stella interior has six dividers that you can configure to hold your DSLR, three lenses, a flash, battery pack, and accessories. Stylish braided shoulder straps add to the chic quality of the water-resistant synthetic leather bag, but for functionality, there is also a shoulder strap that can be added so you can wear it as a cross-body. This is definitely not a bulky man bag. Thank you, Epiphanie.

Jill-e Designs strives to enhance the photographer's style with a little bit of flair. Jill-e believes that "the power of function and fashion can be captured in one bag... transforming functional carry bags into 'statements' that establish your personal image and creative credentials." Make a statement with the mod Medium Camera Bag by Jill-e Designs. The exterior is classic and fashionable, made of top-grade, weather-proof leather with trim. A dual-zippered closure keeps your camera well protected and easily accessible. The bag is not lacking in storage space. Adjustable interior dividers allow you to "mod-"ify the bag to your needs. It is able to carry an SLR camera body, two flashes, up to two lenses, plus accessories. In addition, in total there are ten pockets and/or pouches outside and inside the bag. One pouch even has a detachable tether, making personal items always at the ready. Two long carrying handles enable you to carry the bag on your shoulder, or let it hang cross-body with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap. Mod and classic, this bag is guaranteed to make a statement.

Jo Totes creates bags that allow women to carry their camera gear and personal items in a stylish and secure way. The Rose Camera Bag from Jo Totes fits both those criteria and exudes romance. A rosette accent with a pleated front makes this water-resistant faux-leather bag as attractive as it is functional. The foam-lined interior has four removable, adjustable dividers that you can place as you wish to fit your camera gear. The Rose is able to hold your DSLR with lens, a compact camera, and personal items. The interior is accessible through a full-length zipper, or for easier access, leave it unzipped and use the magnetic top closure. There are four pockets, three on the inside and one zippered pocket outside. This bag is definitely adorable enough to be used as an everyday bag. Two shoulder straps enable comfortable carrying, or a removable strap is available for you to wear the bag cross-body. Doesn't everyone need a little romance?

Capturing Couture was started by two moms who wanted to merge the fashion and photography markets with the "creation of the finest ultra chic, totally couture accessories for anyone with a camera." Their straps are not boring old camera straps; they are more like adding a necklace or special accessory to your outfit. The Organza Collection Strap has lovely rosette trim on a velvet surface with a neck pad for additional support. If you like the romance of the Jo Totes Rose Camera Bag, then this is the camera strap for you. The strap, which has nylon webbing added for durability, comes in many different colors. The length is adjustable, allowing you to wear the strap either around your neck or cross-body. And the 1.5-inch width is made for comfort. Comfort and romance, what more could you want?

Fotostrap is a made-in-the-USA company that gives back to the community at large, recognizes the value of letting the photographer be fashionable, values quality material, and allows the customer to monogram her camera strap. And Fotostraps look as good as they are comfortable. The Fotostrap is made from canvas fabric and 100-percent genuine leather with brass hardware. The 1.5-inch leather camera strap has an ergonomic non-slip shoulder pad. With extra length, the camera strap is adjustable and can sit lower on your body for an absolutely comfortable fit. Monogram it, because this camera strap is one you will have and love for years to come.

If you enjoy heavy rock and love leather, then look no further than Heavy Leather NYC for your next camera strap. The Classic Leather Camera Strap from Heavy Leather NYC is designed for durability and style. Made of soft, 100-percent genuine cowhide, each heavy-duty strap is original; no two straps will look alike. Smooth comfort around your neck is assured with the leather-bound sides and a 2-inch wide shoulder pad. The strap attaches securely to your camera through back-buckled leather straps that fit through the lugs on your camera body, and these straps also have quick-release clasps. The leather camera strap can be worn on one shoulder slingshot style or around your neck. Rock out in comfort all the way.

If you want funky, fun, and functional, the Fujifilm Bowler Bag is for you. It is definitely not your normal, boring camera bag. The bag is made of a faux croc material that is stylish and sophisticated. A double-zipper top gives easy access to the interior, which can hold an Instax MINI 7S, S-Series, or a long zoom camera. Two outer pockets add to the look and function of the bag, which can be held with two amply long carry handles or a shoulder strap. This bag would be great for any occasion, maybe even a bowling-alley photo shoot?

There are many current designers who understand that photographers want to be stylish while carrying their camera equipment. Now, each photographer has a way to make her personality stand out. Any photographer who loves visual art can now be an artwork all her own.

Click here for more exciting camera bags from ONA, UNDFIND, Ketti Handbags, Kelly Moore Bag, Epiphanie, Jill-E Designs, Jo Totes, Capturing Couture, and Fujifilm and camera straps from Fotostrap, and Heavy Leather NYC.