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!
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.
The 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:
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.
This final item is the new Digital Bolex Backpack.
This 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.
He 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?