Friday, December 17, 2010

Chic DSLR Camera Bags (and Accessories!), Pt. 3

Greetings from Hong Kong!  I just landed last night, and of course the first thing I had to do this morning was to go to CitySuper, my favorite shopping destination in Hong Kong.  Along with an extensive collection of stationery, pens of all colors and types, and Japanese washi tape, CitySuper also carries an amazing array of DSLR camera accessories, mainly sourced from Hong Kong and Japanese manufacturers.

Since I'm tired of wearing a giant advertisement for Canon around my neck, I got my grubby little hands on a silver camera strap from Coucou Bebe.  Not only is the strap quite darling in its own right, it's padded and lined for comfort.

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I chose the silver since it complements the gray of my Kelly Moore B-Hobo bag, but the line offers eight colors/patterns to choose from, each of which is inspired by a French dessert.  Sweet, no?

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Also at Citysuper were a number of straps from Vlashor, including this sweet floral patterned one that reminded me of a Liberty print.

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They also carry the Tokyo Dreamer strap, which I've had my eye on for years (way before I even thought of purchasing a DSLR).

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I adore my Kelly Moore bag -- a full review to come later -- but if I didn't have a camera bag, I'd be all over the sophisticated options offered by Zkin, another Hong Kong-based company.

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Their bags have a vintage appeal that belies their well-designed (and well-padded) insides.  My favorites from their collection includes "Champ" (above) and "Ropen" (below); they seem like the kinds of bags you'd carry if you were the type to cruise cobblestone streets in a Dutch bike with a bouquet of flowers and a baguette in your bike basket.

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I also like "Kraken," which is a messenger-style bag.

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Zkin also offers a number of leather camera straps that complement the bags.  I loved the Anthropologie-esque lines of the "Chessie" strap, though I'm not sure a leather strap would be all that comfortable.

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Zkin sells its products through an online store, so if you are a Dutch-bike-riding, baguette-and-flower-toting hipster, you need not travel all the way to Hong Kong to find the perfect camera accessories.

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On the opposite end of the style and formality spectrum are the bright and fun nylon camera bags from Hello Lulu.  I'm a sucker for a contrasting lining, so I totally dig the insides of these bags.

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The Hello Lulu bags only come in four styles (two small, two large), but each style has three or four colorways, so there is still quite a bit of variety.

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It's funny -- I don't see a lot of people walking around Hong Kong with DSLRs, but from the looks of the stock selection at Citysuper, it seems like there must be some huge network of fashionista photogs in Hong Kong.

Did any of these items catch your eye?


lavenderpug December 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM  

wow you're in hong kong! have a fabulous time! based on your last posts about camera bags, i gave my sister a choice of camera bags (including the kelly moore) as a christmas present. i owe you big time for the awesome idea--thank you!

Susan Amestoy December 17, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
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Sara December 17, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

Wow, have fun in Hong Kong! As for which ones I liked, I'm having a hard time deciding because are all beautiful! Going to favorite this post for future reference when I can pick up one of those bags or a nice strap--my strap bites.

Anonymous,  December 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM  

I want to get a camera so I can get that floral strap to go with it!

Nancy aka French Toast,  May 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

I can't believe I stumbled upon your blog while searching for "coucou bebe" camera straps! (It was a redemption item on Asia Miles).

When I was in HK last month, I was trying to find a camera bag and almost plunked down some money for a "Spark!" bag (HK brand). luckily I didn't because I will definitely visit CitySuper when I'm back there next month. Thanks for all the info!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa May 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

@ Nancy: That's hilarious -- must be the Weddingbee radar! I've never redeemed Asia Miles for anything but flights, but that might change now that I know they have cool stuff . . .

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