S N E A K P E E K
A\MARELLI x Chapman Camera Bag
Made in the England
Camera bags…the most loved and hated accessory a photographer can own. Camera bags always feel like the victims of “design by committee.” They are the best-average solution. In making my own camera bags, my aim was to bring a singular vision back to everything I use, one object at a time. I started with camera bags and next it will be camera straps. What I did not expect was that so many people would enjoy the uniqueness of my designs.
The first round of bags I made with Slow Tools was only ever intended to be a short run. The logistics of their operation in Japan and my very small production numbers meant that only a few people would ever get the bags. Each one was individually numbered and included a hand written card. But week after week, requests for the bags continued. Based on your enthusiasm, I decided to do another round. But this time with English manufacturer Chapman Bags.
Outfitters of hunting and game bags, Chapman is top notch. Their parachute webbing and heavy duty fabrics (18-24oz.), meant that I could have a new set of options for another bag. And most importantly, their bags fit the natural aesthetic we all love. The bags feel at home in the field and can easily hang over the shoulder of a blazer or sweater and not feel like a piece of camping gear. My friends who have to photograph watch events like SIHH and Basel will be excited.
Chapman’s factory is set in Cumbria in the heart of pastoral northern England. Almost everything they produce is made in house. They still use paper templates for each of their designs. Chapman are the type of craftsmen that we visit during a workshop and I photograph professionally…by which I mean real artisans.
Here is a video preview of their work and a taste of what you can expect from the new A/MARELLI x Chapman Camera bag. If you are interested in being added to the “Please Notify” list, drop us an email here and we will keep you updated.