After upgrading my DSLR action to the Canon 7D, I figured it was high time to stop tossing my camera in any old purse and using koozies as protection for spare lenses. Once I made the decision to invest, I got to WORK searching the web for the perfect bag. I emphasize work because me on an online shopping mission is probably one of the more strategically intense things you could ever witness in this lifetime. I settled on two bags, this Ketti Handbag and an ONA Bag, and blasted links to all of my besties for input. We agreed on the ONA and when I went to purchase, I just couldn’t do it. The scale was wrong, the me-ness factor was wrong, and most importantly, the price was wrong – $229 for an off-brand, camera-only bag? No sir.
Within minutes, my mission was modified. I found a camera insert on the Darby Mack Etsy site and, after a lengthy back and forth (thank you Darby!!), I custom ordered this camera insert with another fabric from her collection. And I ordered a camera strap in matching fabric. I noted the dimensions of the insert, 11″ wide x 8″ tall and 5″ deep, and began a new hunt – the hunt for a perfectly scaled designer bag that was oh so me and oh so on sale.
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As luck would have it, I headed to Nordstrom and this Botkier satchel jumped off the sale rack, down the aisle, up my leg, and onto my shoulder. It begged me to take it home and I couldn’t say no. The dimensions weren’t exact, but I had a hunch they would work. The price was just about what I was willing to spend. And by the time I left the store I was completely in love, whether the insert worked or not.
The insert arrived within a week and, as you can see above, fit perfectly in the satchel. I ended up spending just under $250, which may seem like a lot. But if you’re an extreme purchase justifier like me, you’d convince yourself that $250 is a steal for a designer bag, a designer camera bag, and the means to make any bag in the future a camera bag. Yeah that’s right, three (or more) for the price of one!