As a photographer and in life in general, I have tried to cut back on the amount of stuff I own and use. It has made life a lot simpler and there are just less things to think about. I have got rid of hundreds of books, sold the majority of DVDs that I owned and ditched my CD's. I have only kept things that I have a real attachment to.
I have also really stripped back my camera gear over the last couple of years, just keeping the absolute necessities. I can complete most jobs with this set up, hiring in anything special for specific jobs. There is one item, however, that I always seem to end up with good numbers of, and that's camera bags.
In the past I have owned over 10 bags at any one time, all with different functions and purposes. I have back packs, shoulder bags, small ones, big ones, you name it, I've got it. In the last year I have tried to reduce the amount of bags I own, and probably still have more than I need.
This is an addiction that won't quit though, and lately I have been on the look out for a bigger shoulder bag in black or brown, that looks a bit smarter than my other bags. I was looking at some of the Think Tank Urban Disguise range and the Domke black bags. Then a few days ago I received an email press release from a new company that sounded interesting.
Introducing Barber Shop Bags.
Hand-made in Bassano Del Grappa (Vicenza), Italy, there is a range of products made out of the highest quality leather. The range of products is extensive, from beautiful camera straps to shoulder bags and backpacks. The press release came with some photos of some of the products as well as images of production and I have to say it all looks very nice, very nice indeed.
They have worked with photographers to produce products that are both useful and stylish, in a very Italian way. The larger shoulder bag is of most interest to me, but their sling camera strap also looks rather good. They also feature bag straps designed for women.
They are all hand crafted by their skilled designers and made out the finest leather and performance materials.
I am really excited to see these products in the flesh and I will hopefully have a sample product to review in the coming months. In the meantime Barber Shop will be at the photography show in Birmingham, presenting the new range until the 24th March. To keep up to date with Barber Shop you can sign up for the newsletter at their website as well as liking their Facebook Page As yet there no pricing information or date for shipping.