Custom D16 Bag Update

Orlando, the designer who’s making our custom D16 bags, is in town for Cinegear this weekend, and I got to meet him in person for the first time on Wednesday. And he brought three different products to show us!

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Last week we got a great video in our inbox. In the video Orlando shows us the updated camera bag, a lens case, and a new backpack design.

With all the recent developments happening in Toronto we decided to wait until this week to do our post about the custom leather bags, but we are very excited about them!

I got a chance to feel them and try them out for the first time, and they have a great handmade look and feel. The leather is hand cut, and much of it is also hand sewn. (Orlando says if we get a high volume of orders up he might invest in cutting and  sewing machine that can handle this density of material.)

This is the first bag, it’s a traditional satchel that is perfectly fit for the D16 with a small C-mount lens and pistol grip attached.

20130529 Custom Leather Bags 9667The satchel has an all-leather exterior that is hand dyed, hand cut, and hand stitched. All of the fittings are brass, and the logo is burned in by hand. The interior of the bag is a little more modern, using a soft synthetic material that will not flake or crumble over time as is unfortunately the case with so many nice cases. The placement of the padding inside is adjustable because of velcro strips. We even tested the bag with the 3 lens turret and it fits if you remove all of the padding!

The second item is a lens case:

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This is also hand cut, hand colored, and hand sewn. And again, the vintage outside is matched with a modern inside. The foam is a synthetic that will not disintegrate over time, and is removable so you can adjust the interior size of the case.

20130529 Custom Leather Bags 9674We talked about making a version of this that has 3 small connected tubes side by side intended to hold the three Kish lenses.

This final item is the new Digital Bolex Backpack.

20130529 Custom Leather Bags 9691This is also a handmade item, but the material is a little different. The leather is a little thinner and is machine colored instead of hand colored. This is still a very nice item, maybe a little less vintage looking, but still feels very nice and sturdy. And again, it’s very modern inside. The backpack uses the same synthetic fabric as in the satchel and also has adjustable sections to conform the interior to the shape you need.

After seeing all the cool stuff he’s come up with for our project, I’m sure some of you are wondering who this master bag craftsman is. Well, Orlando Bassi is a very interesting guy.

header_thestorybehind1He was born in Switzerland, and now lives in Indonesia where he has worked on films like Doomsday (2008) and Legend of the Seeker (2009) as both a special effects makeup artist and a wig maker. During his time as a makeup artist he would also make his own carrying cases for his makeup and other artists would ask him where he got them. He now has a very popular line of bags / cases for professional make up artists called Tas Merah. He also turned his experience with wigs into a popular handmade wig brand Atelier Bassi International.

And he is now an independent filmmaker too! A couple of years ago Orlando founded an independent film studio in Indonesia, Movie Studio Bali.

We are very excited to be working with Orlando on this project and for the bags, we feel like there are very few bag makers that work with these methods and at this quality level!

What do you guys think?

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Joe Rubinstein is one of the founders and CEO of Digital Bolex. At Polite in Public, a photo marketing company he also co-founded, Joe was the Chief Technology Officer who worked with electronics developers and software developers to create the Polite in Public Photobooth which helped define modern photo marketing services.

14 thoughts on “Custom D16 Bag Update

  1. Looks really nice, but i would like to point out that leather is not the ideal material for storing lenses and electronics. If it gets wet or damp it can become a breeding ground for fungus, which is something you may want to think about if you live in a very humid climate (think parts of Asia etc).

    So, maybe use it to carry the gear around, but for longterm storage I would suggest something made from non-organic material.

    Sorry, don’t mean to be negative, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    • No for sure that is a good suggestion. And we really like Storm cases and things like that, which are abundantly available.
      With our bags we are trying to create vintage styled carry accessories that will compliment the look and feel of the camera.

      Just for the record though, the inside of all of these products does have a soft synthetic material that should not grow mold or disintigrate.
      So while the bags are vintage on the outside, they are modern on the inside 🙂

  2. Really gorgeous. I like the colour, form and the choice of leather. The idea for a special version for the kish lenses is also very good…
    I have a 50 year old Bolex bag also leather and always like new “made for eternity”:-)

  3. Oh more good news! Very nice build quality. One idea for future possibility for back pack: Put the zippers on the side which lies directly on your back for easy theft prevention. Or lockable clasps.


    I’m not explaining very well.

    You make it so that you cant get at the camera unless the back pack is off of your shoulders. I’ve travelled in some fairly hairy places.

    That said, I’d jump on the back pack as is-very nice leatherwork!

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