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  • What’s in Dan Rubin’s Brixton

    June 17th, 2014  —  9 Comments

    Between product and lifestyle photo shoots, we have plenty of chances to experiment with how much gear can fit in each ONA and how to style each bag. But we’re always inspired and impressed by how real-life ONA owners manage to make the bags work for them (keep sharing your photos with us on social media!), so we decided to highlight how some of our favorite photographers make their bag work for them.
    Dan Rubin + ONA Dark Truffle Brixton

    We first met Dan Rubin when we co-sponsored 100 | 50 | 1: he was the co-creator and co-curator of the portrait photography exhibition. We were instantly enamored with Dan’s clear passion for photography in all of its forms.  One of Instagram’s earliest beta-testers and a speaker at the world’s first mobile photography conference, 1197, his work was featured in iTunes upon Instagram’s launch and he has become one of the most-followed, non-celebrity mobile photographers, with more than half a million followers on Instagram alone. After purchasing a Polaroid SX-70 in 2008, Dan was reintroduced to the love of photography and of cameras themselves, and now shoots using over 40 film and digital cameras, including 35mm, medium format, large format, and instant film. Now based in London, he travels the world for select commissions with an enviable array of cameras.

    Dan Rubin + ONA Bags

    “Photography helps me understand how I see the world; as a designer, it also helps me hold on to my sense of awe and wonder at everything I see, whether old, new, natural, man-made, static or in motion. While there are certain subjects I find myself continually drawn toward — architecture, the scale of nature, normally crowded spaces devoid of people — what I enjoy most about photography is that I never know what’s going to catch my eye next.”

    Dan Rubin + ONA Dark Truffle Brixton

    What’s in Dan’s Leather Brixton: 

    Cameras

    • Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
    • Hasselblad 500 C/M / 80mm ƒ/2.8 with two A12 backs
    • iPhone 5s (considering how much I use this as a camera)
    • Leica M3 / 50mm ƒ/2 Summicron (collapsible)
    • Polaroid 180
    • Polaroid SX-70

    Non-cameras

    • Apple MacBook Air 13”
    • Passports (US/UK)
    • Mophie Powerstation Duo
    • Portable Wifi Dongle

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    Note: all photos were kindly taken by Adrienne Pitts.

  • Where ONA Goes: Calgary with Chris Amat

    June 13th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Each ONA bag is named after a place that founder Tracy Foster has traveled, all the way from Camps Bay in South Africa (where she came up with the idea for ONA) to her favorite neighborhoods in New York, like Brooklyn and Chelsea. The entire ONA team loves to travel, and we adore living vicariously through our customers who take ONA bags to new and beautiful places.
    Chris Amat x ONA Bags x The Brixton x Lake Minnewanka Canada

     Chris uses The Brixton Messenger Bag in Field Tan.

    Chris Amat is a designer and photographer based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Exploring the rugged, mountain landscapes of Canada, Chris captures breathtaking scenes. Where jagged rock collides with ice, snow, and forest, Chris records his surroundings with a stunning, expansive perspective. His photos immediately transport us out of the city and into the woods, where the sky seems bigger, the air seems fresher and the colors seem brighter. We’re apt to book a camping trip up north ASAP after gazing at his images of Calgary.

    Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Waterton Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Moraine Lake Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Jasper Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Lethbridge Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Banff National Park Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x The Brixton x Lake Minnewanka Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Lethbridge Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Pincher Creek Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x Calgary Canada Chris Amat x ONA Bags x The Brixton x Calgary Canada

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     Note: Photos of Chris were kindly taken by Mike Seehagel and Shanelle Fredrickson.

  • Travel Journal: Virgin Gorda

    June 10th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you know how much we love seeing the cool places where ONA bags go with our awesome customers. Our team also loves globetrotting with our own ONA bags: last month, founder Tracy Foster and her husband spent seven nights soaking up some sun, and enjoying the serenity of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

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    Sometimes you just need to unwind. That was exactly the plan when we booked a seven-night trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. There were no detailed itineraries, no major sites to see, no reservations scheduled – just the loveliest beaches, blue skies, and regular visits to the local ice cream shop.

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    We stayed at a gorgeous property with private beach access in Spanish Town. Since we visited during the low season, all of the beaches were quiet and perfectly secluded, just the way I like them. Savannah Bay, pictured below, was my favorite beach on the island; we made sure to visit daily with beach chairs and books in hand.

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    I traveled with my Camps Bay camera backpack, which has been my companion on many adventures since 2011. Since I only packed one camera and two lenses for this trip, there was plenty of room in the Camps Bay to carry other things as we traversed the little island — a few snacks and drinks, beach towels, a sarong, and even a couple of seashells that I collected along the way.

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    Normally, even if I love a new place that I’ve visited, I’m reluctant to plan to go back (anytime soon) just because I feel more inclined to experience someplace new. It looks like Virgin Gorda may have changed that. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

    7D1A7582Our week in Virgin Gorda was exactly what I needed: it was quiet, refreshing, and truly the perfect place to just unwind.

     

    For more wanderlust, check out the rest of our Travel Journals and follow #WhereONAGoes on our Instagram

  • Travel Journal: Cinque Terre

    June 5th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you know how much we love seeing the cool places where ONA bags go with our awesome customers. Our team also loves globetrotting with our own ONA bags: sales manager Jillian recently jetted over to Italy with her husband for a glorious week of prosesecco, pasta and plenty of gelato. Here’s a look at what they experienced as they soaked up la bella vita in Cinque Terre. 

    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    While studying abroad in the spring of 2009, one of my bucket list items was to visit the five charming seaside towns that make up the Cinque Terre.  I was lucky enough to make a trip back then, and knew one day I would need to go back. When my husband and I decided to take a trip to Italy this year I made sure that Cinque Terre was on our itinerary.Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    We opted to stay in Riomaggiore, which is the first of the five towns along the coast. This is the same town I stayed in when visiting in college and I couldn’t wait to show my husband all of the colorful homes and charming places I found while visiting five years prior.

    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Since all of the towns are built right on the water, seafood is the main cuisine you’ll find at local restaurants. It was so much fun to dine overlooking the water and get to watch the fisherman pull in their boats full of their daily catch after a day at work.

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    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Due to a rock fall in recent years the easier seaside path between the five towns is closed in a lot of places. When we decided to hike between the towns of Manarola and Corniglia we had no idea just how grueling the alternative hike would be. Thankfully, the views of the perfectly blue sea were worth the pain, and, of course, we rewarded ourselves with gelato at the end!

    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    During our hike, we stopped to eat in the beautiful town of Vernazza. We found this to be the busiest of the towns, and probably the most touristy. We enjoyed a hearty lunch by the water and continued our hike from Vernazza to Monterroso. This portion of the hike was equally as breathtaking (literally and figuratively), but I made sure to click a picture of Vernazza from above before continuing on.

    Jillian Wishart with Leather Capri in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Cinque Terre remains on my list of favorite places in the world, and it’s a destination I’ll continually recommend. Here’s hoping that I’ll be back in another five years!

    For more wanderlust, check out the rest of our Travel Journals and follow #WhereONAGoes on our Instagram

  • Where ONA Goes: South Island with Long Dao

    June 3rd, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Each ONA bag is named after a place that founder Tracy Foster has traveled, all the way from Camps Bay in South Africa (where she came up with the idea for ONA) to her favorite neighborhoods in New York, like Brooklyn and Chelsea. The entire ONA team loves to travel, and we adore living vicariously through our customers who take ONA bags to new and beautiful places.

    Long Dao + New Zealand + ONA Bags + Brixton

    We loved the photos that Long Dao shared of his Brixton Messenger Bag on vacation with him on the South Island on our Facebook page. There’s no doubt that New Zealand is a simply stunning country when it comes to natural scenery, and Long’s photos convinced us that autumn must be one of the most beautiful seasons to travel there. He visited Dunedin First Church, Larnach Castle in Dunedin, Milford Sound and Arrowtown on this trip: the most perfectly photogenic itinerary!

    Long Dao + New Zealand + ONA Bags + Brixton

    Long uses The Brixton Messenger Bag in Field Tan.

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  • #WhereONAGoes Instagram Contest

    June 2nd, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Last August, we launched the #WhereONAGoes Instagram contest and it quickly became one of our favorite hashtags: we love seeing all of the beautiful places you take your ONA products. This month on the ONA blog, we’re featuring plenty of wanderlust-inducing posts: ONA customers who have taken their bags across the globe from Peru to New Zealand, as well as ONA staff members who have recently traveled to the British Virgin Islands, Italy and Turkey. And we want to see where you’re heading as summer gets underway!

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    Share a photo (or video!) on your Instagram page and tag @onabags and #WhereONAGoes. We’ll regularly share our favorites on the ONA Instagram page–and every Friday, we’ll pick our favorite of the week to share on the ONA Facebook page.

    At the end of the month, ONA judges will pick one entry to win a Leather Presidio Camera Strap. 

    Note: Winners must be following @onabags on Instagram and this contest is only open to people who already own an ONA (or can borrow a friend’s!).

    The ONA Instagram Contest begins June 2, 2014 and ends June 26, 2014 11:59:00 p.m. US Eastern Time. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. Multiple entries allowed. The winning entry will be chosen by ONA judges and will be announced on June 27, 2014. One person will win a Leather Presidio Camera Strap. Prizes can only be shipped to the continental United States and will not be shipped to P.O. boxes. Only online entries will be eligible.

    The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

  • #ONAMoments Contest Round-Up

    May 30th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    We loved seeing your favorite #ONAMoments over the last month. Congratulations to @lolafalola ! We loved her image of her daughter using a newly acquired photo prop, exactly as it was intended: to write a story! Lola wins a three-month Timeshel subscription and the ONA bag of her choice.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    We loved every single entry submitted: there was such a variety of people, places and details captured. However, there were a few other staff and fan favorites that we wanted to reward as well: the below “honorable mentions” are all eligible for a 15% ONA discount code! Email [email protected] to claim your prize.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @tifthegirl.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @jonwesleywood.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @counterpointrhythm.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @sarakerens.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @patricekcochran.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @paulyerrick.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @jonadrian.

    Entry for #ONAMoments Instagram contest

    Photo by @raqzal.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for our next Instagram contest starting next week: we’re bringing back one of our favorite themes!

  • #ONAMeet: ONA x InstagramNYC Astoria Instameet

    May 29th, 2014  —  3 Comments

    We’re excited to announce that we’ll be sponsoring the next @InstagramNYC Instawalk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 in Astoria, Queens to celebrate the recent launch of our Astoria Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag.

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    Since the vibrant neighborhood of Astoria inspired the bag’s name, we will be compiling our favorite images from the walk on a “Behind the Name” blog post (see our inspiration for the Palma Satchel and the Bowery Bag). Our favorite image will win an Astoria Messenger Bag, while 10 other images will be featured and will receive a 10% discount code for anything on onabags.com.

    We’d love it if you could plan to explore Astoria with the ONA team and the best Instagrammers of NYC on the afternoon of June 21. We can’t wait to see you at the #ONAMeet!

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    Note: photo of Kirsten Alana with the Astoria kindly taken by Dante Fattoruso.

  • Photographer Profile: Matt McDaniel

    May 28th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.
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    Matt wears The Bowery in Antique Cognac Leather

    As part of our #ONAMoments contest (tomorrow is the last day to enter!), we’ve been loving checking out our favorite film blogs and photographers. Matt McDaniel is one of them: we met him via Develop and Fix, a blog and online shop dedicated to film photography. However, one of our favorite things about him is his approach to the difference between digital and film photography: “I’m not going to distinguish which images are film and which are digital here, because when it comes down to it, it’s about the image and not how I captured it.” Word.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: How did you get into photography?

    MM: I’ve been interested in photography since I was young. My grandfather was a pretty good amateur photographer and inspired me to practice and learn.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    MM: I shoot with a few different cameras, but my favorites are my Rolleiflex 2.8f, Leica M3 and Fuji X-Pro1. I enjoy any lens I can find for the most part, and also love to mount my old Leica lenses on the Fuji. I also dabble in Wet Plate photography and love my Aero Ektar lens.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The Bowery Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?

    MM: I enjoy shooting simple things. Fewer distractions in the frame make a better image in my opinion. My dream project right now would be to get into an RV and travel around documenting small town life, both on film and wet plate.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    MM: Finding time to dedicate to work.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryMatt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    MM: I don’t usually like to interject myself into the situation. I would rather let the moment evolve itself.

    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?

    MM: Do not trouble yourself with what others are doing, focus on your own work.

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    Matt McDaniel x ONA Bags x The BoweryONA: How did you hear about us?

    MM: Researching leather camera bags on the internet.

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  • Photographer Profile: Nick Onken

    May 20th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.

    Nick Onken + ONA Brixton

    Nick Onken’s seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm is matched only by the long list of things currently keeping him busy: he’s a lifestyle and fashion photographer, an avid traveler, the host of a ShopTalk Radio. Based in Brooklyn but constantly globe-trotting, he has a knack for infusing a sense of carefree glamour (that sort of effortless je-ne-sais-quoi that is the ultimate aspirational lifestyle) into all of his images. We want to be magically transported into every single one of his sets, but we’ll settle for swooning over his photos.

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    Nick wears the Leather Brixton Messenger Bag in Dark Truffle.

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    ONA: How did you get into photography/videography?

    NO: My first career was a graphic designer. I dabbled in photography a little because there were a few required classes in high school and college as part of the design program. It was merely a hobby for a while. When digital came out, I bought a camera to shoot imagery for my design work. More still lifes and such. I ended up convincing a non-profit client of mine to shoot a photo library in Africa and split the expenses. To my surprise, they agreed. Upon getting back, I realized how much I enjoyed it, and started shooting more. Next thing you know, I fell in love and slowly made the transition becoming a full-time photographer with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I’ve just recently started directing some video pieces.

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    ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    NO: I typically shoot a Canon 1Dx. I have 4 go to lenses of choice depending on what I’m shooting; 20mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4L, 50mm F1.2L, and the 70-200mm f2.8L II IS.

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    ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?

    NO: It’s funny because there’s not necessarily a single dream project. I love the variety of being on different types of projects from travel, lifestyle, fashion, portraits, and charity work. My style lends to shooting many different types of content. What I really dream of is combining them all. Shooting beautiful models, in exotic locations, and capturing moments.

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    ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?

    NO: The hardest thing about being a photographer is the business and hustle. It’s feast or famine, and a lot of sacrifice. No matter where you are in your career, there’s always a lot of office work that it takes to build a business.
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    ONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    NO: I shoot in a “capture the moment” driven style. I shoot real moments in an aspirational sense. Across different types of content.

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    ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer/videographer just starting out?

    NO: Make better pictures, and show more people. The hustle of photography boils down to that.

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    ONA: How did you hear about us?

    NO: Through friends that were telling me about these cool camera bags that don’t look like camera bags.

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