Where Form and Function are Married
When it comes to bag design, the ultimate goal is to marry form and function. Form — how the bag looks — and function — how it performs. A bag that looks beautiful and holds up to rigorous use. And Clever Supply did just that with this Sling.
The Camera Sling is hearty, waxed canvas, equipped with a seatbelt material strap + shoulder pad, and sealed with a coated YKK weatherproof zipper. The leather accents throughout, particularly on the bottom of the bag, add class and another layer of durability. It looks good enough to wear to a wedding and performs well enough to take out on an adventure in bad weather, something few bags can achieve.
My favorite design decision is the grab handles on the bag's exterior: one on the top and one on either side of the pack. This may seem insignificant, but this shows a lot of empathy for the user. When you're traveling, on a shoot, or need to move quickly from point A to point B, it can feel sloppy to grab a sling bag by the strap. But with these side handles, no matter how the load is stored—where it's sitting, if it fell behind a seat in a car, or if it's tucked into an overhead compartment on a plane — you are guaranteed to have a handle nearby to grab onto. And that is cool.