Photography has been a passion of mine since I was 16. I learned on a good old-fashioned film camera, and used to develop the negatives and the prints in a dark room. How things have changed!
I didn’t have much chance to indulge when the girls were young, so it’s something I’ve really relished returning to now I have a bit more ‘me-time’. I always found it cumbersome to carry all the gear I needed though, with my usual handbag and the DSLR in a separate camera bag.
I tried carrying the camera in my handbag but it moved around too much – often the lens cap would get knocked off, and I worried it would get damaged. Not to mention the fact camera bags aren’t the prettiest of things – chunky polyester monstrosities with ugly plastic clips. *shudders*
But now there’s a super stylish alternative: the £150 Hampton, designed by MOOLI LONDON is a camera bag that’s both fashionable and functional.
Made from waterproof, vegan-friendly materials, from the outside it looks like a designer handbag and comes in three classic colours – black, brown and postbox red. Inside, however, it is just like traditional camera bags, with adjustable compartments to hold your DSLR, extra lenses, and flash gun, and plenty of built-in pockets to carry all those other daily essentials – phone, keys, wallet, diary. You can even remove the dividers (which are held in place with velcro strips) to fit a 13″ laptop.
The Hampton was the brainchild of travel photographer and entrepreneur Beccy Lee, who identified a need for a bag that amalgamated beauty and practicality at an affordable price. She worked with a product designer to create the bag, and put it into production in 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The perfect blend of fashion, style and function.
• my Mooli was provided for review