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My Ona Brooklyn Bag

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Oh friends. I have the most beautiful new camera bag. And I love it.

Meet The Brooklyn from Ona Bags.

I have been searching for a bag like this ever since I bought my first DSLR camera and wanted to give it a good home. But I have to admit that, while I pretty much live in girly dresses and scarves and accessories, I am a no-frills girl when it comes to bags and purses. My friends will tell you that my purses are simple, clean, and classic, and I tend to keep a good one forever. So I have been looking for the same in a camera bag, but it has always seemed like every bag I see is super ruffly or buckle-y or bright-colored or…just not me.

But a few months ago, I happened to see this absolutely gorgeous bag pop up on my Pinterest feed, and I immediately had to click over to see where it was from. Lo and behold, I was introduced to Ona Bags, and their absolutely beautiful selection of camera bags (shoulder bags), messengers and backpacks. And for the first time ever on a camera bag site, I literally wanted all three of their tastefully-tailored camera bags. They are stunning, and also so well made by such a creative, thoughtful company.

So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to receive a Brooklyn Bag for review, and share about it with you. I have included more photos an info below, including a mini photo shoot that I did for fun with my friends Liz and Tanner. But probably the more exciting thing is that Ona Bags is featuring an interview with me on their beautiful blog today! I am beyond honored to be included in their photographer spotlight series, which includes some photographers far more talented than me. Their entire blog is just beautiful, so I would love for you to pop over and check it out!

And of course, if you’re in the market for a new bag, I can’t recommend Ona enough. Here’s why!

My Ona Brooklyn Bag |

About Ona Bags

Ona Bags was just recently launched in 2010, and has been offering photographers beautifully designed bags ever since. They carry shoulder bags (including my Brooklyn Bag), messengers and backpacks, and various small goods.

As they mention on their website, the word ona (pronounced ō’na) is Swahili and means, “to feel,” “to believe,” and “to experience with the eyes.”

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The Brooklyn Bag

As Ona’s website says, this bag is available in Chestnut color (pictured above) or black. Inspired by the classic 1940s school bag, the Brooklyn is a vegetable-tanned leather camera bag that’s designed to protect an SLR with an attached lens and up to 3 additional lenses or small accessories. A slit pocket along the back of the bag is perfect for securing your iPad or e-reader, while the front pocket is designed to hold a small wallet, lens caps and personal items. The Brooklyn is the ideal companion for weekend getaways, impromptu photo shoots with friends, and professional shoots where only your camera and few lenses are needed.

  • Handcrafted with vegetable-tanned leather
  • Fully customizable, soft interior with 3 dividers
  • Secure, easy access tuck lock closure
  • Room for an SLR camera and 2-3 lenses
  • Adjustable padded shoulder strap
  • Exterior dimensions: 13.5″L X 10″H X 4″D
  • Interior dimensions: 12.5″L x 8″H x 3.5″D


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10 Reasons Why I Love My Brooklyn Bag

10. It is the perfect amount of space. It fits my DSLR with two lenses (one attached), plus extra room for a flash, my sunglasses, phone and (yes) lipgloss.
9. The leather is gorgeous. The photos don’t even do it justice. In person, it is absolutely beautiful.
8. For what it’s worth, girls love it and guys dig it. I have never had more compliments on a bag!
7. The strap is adjustable and comfortable. Big plus if you’re toting this around all day.
6. The inside of the bag is really well-padded and flexible – you can adjust the compartments to whatever size you’d like.
5. It is sturdy and well-made. I really feel like my camera is safe in there.
4. It can pass as a shoulder bag, making it not obvious that I’m carrying around an expensive camera. Big bonus especially when traveling abroad.
3. The design is so sleek and classic. I feel like people will still adore this 50 years from now.
2. It is made by a company whose celebration of good art and photography really inspires me.
1. It makes me smile each time I get to wear it!

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Check It Out For Yourself!

Would totally encourage you to connect with Ona Bags on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And be sure to also check out their inspiring blog!

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Ona Brooklyn Bag |

Disclaimer: I was sent a complimentary Brooklyn Bag for review. I was not paid to write this review, and all opinions are as always 100% my own.

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14 comments on “My Ona Brooklyn Bag”

  1. Love the photos!!! You look stunning!!!! And of course I adore the lemons.

  2. I love this SO much. Beautiful and classy, just like you, my friend!

  3. Love this… beautiful bag and beautiful girl! I had so much fun reading your interview w/ Ona, too. Glad to see the enchilada sauce is still treating you well! ;)

  4. Such a cute bag!! Love all its awesome features.

    Oh and seriously, you are to gosh darn pretty!!

  5. Oh wow, that is a gorgeous bag and useful!

  6. Now I want a new camera and this Ona Bag!

  7. I really really REALLY loved this bag on you! I think I need to get one for myself :)

  8. I adore ONA Bags. The Brooklyn is glorious, the perfect grab-and-go bag. It was lovely seeing you (and your ONA) this weekend!

  9. I LOVED this post, Ali! You look so great with your bag, I have really been in the market for a STYLISH new camera bag – I squealed with delight when I saw yours – PERFECT! Thanks!

  10. Hey this is such a beautiful bag on its own! being a camera bag is just a bonus on top.. I have a slightly bigger bag, from Ryoko