Hipster Camera Bags

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22. August 2012, from Redaktion
Three of the new Karl Lagerfeld Camera bags, showing the three available colors and botht the single and double models.
Clutch from the new Karl Lagerfeld collection.
Detail of the silver Karl Lagerfeld camera bag.

Who wants to carry a boring-looking camera bag around with them? To be fair, most of today’s cameras fit in a pants pocket, but Karl Lagerfeld’s new collection might bring back the SLR-sized camera bag as a proper accessory.

 


 

With the exception of professional photographers running about with a huge assortment of their favourite lenses and equipment, hardly anyone in this day and age actually carries a camera bag with them. With mobile phone cameras outperforming many compact cameras, the only people running around with larger models tend to follow the hipster code of making sure that their machine is good and visible. But lately, we’ve noticed a resurgence of old-fashioned leather camera bags popping up all over the place, and now Karl Lagerfeld has released a collection totally indistinguishable from 1960s models that bears the name “Camera Bag”. In case you were unsure of what to do with it.

Tipping his hat to a hobby

 

Maybe it was Karl Lagerfeld’s work as a photographer that got him inspired. His accessory collection for the coming winter season offers the bag as a single or double version, and is available in red, silver, or black.

In 1987, already successful as a designer, Lagerfeld realized that he was interested in more than just directing his marketing campaigns, and took it upon himself to photograph them himself. His work was generally well received, and in 1996, he won the culture prize from the German Photographic Association (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie). Numerous exhibitions in famous institutions like the famous Berlin C/O gallery followed. Nonetheless, sceptics and critics continue to maintain that all is not exactly as it seems, and that perhaps Karl’s role in many of the images was limited to pushing the shutter button – his assistants setting up the shot and equipment. German magazine Der Spiegel criticized how similar his photos appear and commented that the designer could sell complete boredom if he wanted to. “Karl the Great” expressed no public concern over the remarks made, and continued to cheerily snap away unbothered. Our thoughts? If the result is a bag like this, what he decides to do with the camera he carries in it is none of our business…

 

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