Stitched Leather Camera Straps Added

New stitched leather camera straps In the past few months we have had an outcry for additional leather camera straps with stitching, to go along with our riveted leather camera straps. Most of those putting a stitched leather camera strap on their wishlist are Leica users, who are notorious for babying their gear. Rightfully so. […]

Choosing Leather 101: To Make the Best Camera Straps

Choosing the best leather for our camera straps Over the past few years we have garnered a reputation for making some of the finest leather camera straps in the world. The reviews we’ve had honour us, and we are constantly striving to improve on our leather camera straps, even in the smallest of ways. But […]

Designing Stylish Camera Bags | Why Do It?

Designing stylish camera bags Why choose to design stylish camera bags?There are a lot of things to think about when designing a camera bag. For instance: the weight, how easy it is to get in and out of the bag, how waterproof it is, deciding what camera and lens combinations the bag is designed for, […]

Italy Adventure: Fujifilm X100T and Nikon D750

Ah, Tuscany! No other words are needed to describe this enchanting, majestic part of the world. Any other descriptive prose has already been written, far better than we ever could. Last week we took a trip to Italy to explore some of the handmade products they are so renowned for and to gather inspiration for […]

Our Camera Bags and Straps: Field Testing in Scotland and Cumbria

Time to test the goods We recently wrote about how we developed our initial range of camera messenger bags. In that post we talked about traveling through Europe in order to put our sample bag through its paces. This would bring to light certain issues that we needed to address before production. It would also […]

Hawkesmill Leica Camera Bag

Ideal Leica camera bag When we designed our small range of camera bags we had one brand in mind, Leica. The renowned, almost cultish camera brand that has captivated photographers for more than a century and a half. Founded in Wetzler, Germany in 1849 as “Optical Institute”, there is perhaps no other camera brand on […]

Developing our camera messenger bags

Creating our camera messenger bags The following was written to document the complete and total creation of our camera messenger bags. At Hawkesmill we try to be as transparent as possible. And this is one way that we can help not only our customers learn more about who we are and how we began, but […]

Hawkesmill website 2.0 launches

Hawkesmill.com version 2.0 launches today Today is a very proud day at Hawkesmill headquarters. Because today we officially launch our new website. You see, when we created our camera bags and straps we initially had no idea how many people would actually buy them. We knew our designs were unique and we also knew that […]

New leather luggage tags

New leather luggage tags Last week we launched a new range of premium leather luggage tags. These luggage tags have been developed with Grays of Westminster, the world’s first “Nikon only” camera store, to celebrate Nikon’s 100th anniversary. It was an honour to be asked to make these for Grays as there are a lot […]

What makes the best leather camera straps?

Making the world’s best leather camera straps In our previous post we talked about what goes into making the world’s best camera bags. In this post we’re going to look at how we’ve developed a range of the world’s best leather camera straps. Of course, we understand that the word “best” is highly subjective. What […]