A good friend of mine, Chikako, handmade a new tote camera for me. It is wine red. This is it! I'm really excited to use it. It is extremely neat and smart so I'd like to share it with you.
Made of synthetic leather and well sewn together, it is lightweight, sturdy, and water repellent so you can carry it anywhere you go even on rainy days. You can use it as a shoulder bag as well.
I think I'm a little bit shy. I don't feel like carrying a showy camera bag that stands out or that obviously reveals what's inside. Instead, I want to carry a stylish, lightweight, and versatile one that I can use not only when I go out taking pictures but also when I do shopping or have business meetings.
I'd been long looking for an ideal camera bag (I usually carry a lot of stuff, including a big camera and lenses), but what I found in stores were traditional ones which looked alike.
Last spring Chikako made me a black tote camera bag for the first time at my request. This is it! It is also made of synthetic leather. The bag has always been so useful and convenient that I asked her to make me the same bag in a different color.
For the wine red bag light colored floral pattern lining cloth is used while for the black one light colored yellow camera pattern lining cloth is used. The lightness in color helps me to find small items in the bags. If the linings were black and dark, I think it would be harder for me to find small things such as lens caps in them.
Each bag has five pockets in total inside and outside and five metal rivets are installed on their bottoms to keep them from getting dirty when they are put on the ground. They are also just the right size so when an inner padded bag is needed, it can be inserted smoothly into them. ↓
My cat was very curious about the bag.
To my surprise and delight, two accessories she crafted, a small pouch for the wine red bag and a smart phone case for the black one are attached to the bags.
I think good hand-made things are suffused with the makers' warmth, thoughtfulness, creativity, and in my case friendship as well that store-bought products can't ever have. These tote camera bags are the only two of their kind in the world. I think I'm so lucky to have such a good friend who is a very talented designer and good at leather work. Thank you so much Chikako!
Tulip flowers were beautiful on the day when I took pictures of the wine red bag.