Thoughtfully Create the Best Camera Bags and Straps
We have a very simple goal: we want to create the best camera bags and leather camera straps money can buy. It is our intention to forward the current “Made in England” movement and help England regain its former glory as a nation that was known for creating some of the finest products on Earth. After all, this is where manufacturing began.
Hawkesmill was conceived in 2012 during the London Olympics. At the time there was a big push for handmade and made in the UK products. However, there was a distinct lack of quality, made in England, stylish camera bags and leather camera straps. So we decided to design and make our own. We visited many of the country’s finest manufacturers and developed a passion for premium, handmade goods.
After touring our first shoe factory in Northampton, where they have produced handmade, premium Goodyear Welted shoes for more than 120 years, we were hooked. We made it our mission to create a line of camera bags and straps that were made in a similar way.
Creating the best camera bags and camera straps
The process took us over two years before a final product was in hand. It became abundantly clear right from the start why there weren’t many companies making high-end, luxury camera bags. Namely, making a bag that is very stylish, incredibly durable and yet functional is nearly impossible. That is, unless a company is willing to spend the money and develop a bag that meets all those requirements and doesn’t concentrate on the final cost.
That’s what we have done at Hawkesmill. We went to the best manufacturers in England and we gave them the problem of helping us develop the world’s most luxurious, durable, functional and stylish camera bags and handmade leather camera straps. Everything we produce is handmade. We use only the finest materials available in the world, chosen for their unique qualities. Our canvas and tweed is sourced from Scotland. Fittings come from England and Italy, while our leather is from England, the U.S. and Italy. We also pay the manufacturers properly, who in turn, pay their employees a comfortable living wage. The bottom line is less profit for us, but you, our customer, receive a product that is far superior to anything else available. And that makes us feel good.
When a company asks the question, “how can we create the best camera bags and camera straps possible?” instead of, “how can we create the best product for the money?” one finds that the end product is much finer. That’s the goal at Hawkesmill. We will never put out a product that we ourselves wouldn’t use and be proud to own.
Our goal is to have photographers using and loving our products. It’s not to make as much money as we can. There are other ways of doing that. We are, simply stated, fans of photography, handmade products and made in England.
Thank you for your interest in Hawkesmill. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
-The Hawkesmill Family