Leather messenger bag-style camera bags don’t come cheap. A cursory search on B&H Photo will reveal prices that often run in the $300+ range for something with decent storage space. Fortunately, Etsy seller LeftoverStudio offers a hand-crafted, high-quality alternative that will cost you half as much.
They’re not attached to any special brand name, but these retro-looking messenger bags promise high-end durability and build-quality. Made by hand from traditionally tanned, natural goat leather, LeftoverStudio claims that a bag that is soft, water-resistant, flexible, and won’t get hard or crack when wet.
Environmental buffs will also like to hear that the bags are subject to none of the usual chemical processing methods.
“This leather is still processed in the traditional ways that have been around for ages,” reads the description. “It is not processed by commercial operations but individual families where the skills and knowledge is passed from one generation to another.”
In addition to environmental benefits, the use of traditional methods also leads to a unique bag every single time: “Since each hide is not exactly the same as the other and no dye is used to make them look similar, no two bags will be exactly the same.”
Over time, the bag will soften, lose the un-treated leather smell, and develop “a rich dark patina” that will make it even more unique.
You can learn more about the bags and/or purchase one for yourself by visiting LeftoverStudio’s Etsy page. The large bags measure 15 inches x 10.5 inches x 5.5 inches, and will run you $140 before shipping; while the slightly smaller 13.5″ x 9.5″ x 4.5″ bags cost only $122.
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