About six weeks ago, I found myself wishing that a designer would mate a cute handbag with a functional camera bag, relieving me of sherpa duty. If a horse and donkey can get together and make a mule, surely someone out there could make a camera bag/purse hybrid.
I scoured the internet for this dream bag, deciding it would be the ultimate birthday gift for me. There were a few options out there, the offerings at Shutter Sisters, being strong contenders. Then I stumbled upon a more casual, homegrown line over at Etsy. A patient and saintly woman living in Arkansas owns Gypsy Rose Handbags and designs original handbags to hold SLR cameras, lenses, and everyday essentials.
After finding Judy’s shop, I immediately dashed off an email, replete with a hand-drawn representation of what I wanted. Judy worked with me to design the bag of my dreams, helping me to pick fabrics and an appropriate style. The wait was less than what she told me, despite my addition of a few custom features.
The bag arrived today and I tore into it without delay. Yes, I know my birthday is still 19 days away, but let’s not get hung up on technicalities.
Behold! My new camera bag/purse (CURSE???):
But wait! There’s more! It holds my camera with a lens, an extra lens, my charger, and extra battery, my wallet, my coupon folder, my eye glasses, my pencil case, my makeup bag, an umbrella, and my i-Phone, all with room to spare! I have two pockets on the outside under the front flap, four on the inside, plus a zipper compartment, a comfy strap, a reinforced bag body, snap closures, little metal feet so the bag doesn’t rest on the ground, and the list goes on!
These bags are called Snugglens and you can read all about them on Judy’s website. I’m so happy with my bag and that I don’t have to carry two bags–or worse, just toss my camera into my purse and hope for the best. Are you guilty of that little transgression too???
*For the record, I’m endorsing this product because I think it’s great and am not getting any kickbacks or discounts.