The Thorsten von Overgaard Gallery Store - "The Von Mini Messenger" Calfskin Leather Walkabout Camera Bag - by Thorsten Overgaard
The Thorsten von Overgaard Gallery Store - "The Von Mini Messenger" Calfskin Leather Walkabout Camera Bag
A travel bag, for cameras. Designed by Thorsten von Overgaard and Matteo Perin.
The Von Mini Messenger
Walkabout Camera Bag/Document Bag
The secret of The Mini Messenger is that it folds around the body so that you don't feel the bag even after wearing it an entire day. It can be almost empty, or it can be full. Of course, the more weight you put into it, the more you are going to feel it.
You can take almost any bag and carry it for some hours empty, and even though it weighs nothing, your shoulder and back will feel as if you’ve been hauling around a heavy bag. The secret of the Mini Messenger is the shape of the bag, as it folds around the body and feels "weightless" while holding a phone, a lens and other small things.
A couple of years ago, I designed "The Von Mini Messenger" and I have used it for two years myself every day, all over the world, before we put it into production. It has a "secret" pocket on the back (against the body), a zipper pocket inside, and two small compartments for business cards, SD-cards, battery, lighter or similar small items you could want to keep handy. It's stylish - and built to last a lifetime.
Tested for every-day use by myself over the course of two years, I know this bag does the job, has the right size, the right pockets and is built to be loved throughout a lifetime.
I like simple things
Our Italian artisans in Verona, Venica and Milano are part of family workshops which have been doing leather work for generations.
The simpler it is, the harder it is to make. To obtain the exact design, style and usability I wanted, we had to continue to work on the details. "It's ready when it is right," was the slogan through countless prototypes, drawings and tests of "The Von" bag which was first introduced in 2017, and subsequently tested through my travel to more than 50 countries since.
In most product designs these days, there are a lot of useless things added which complicate, or there are ways of doing things the wrong way for the right reasons. Things are seldom put to test in the real world by the people the product was intended for.
The sole reason I make camera bags, desk blotters, camera straps and other products was always that I wanted something done in a certain way, and it didn't exist. So I had it made for me. As a general rule, I want simplicity, and it has to have out-of-this-world quality at the same time. And if something is awesome and works, it has to last for a lifetime. That's the simple philosophy.
"I received my mini-bag, and I love it! Thank you. I love that it has a narrow profile while still holding the camera plus other stuff. It looks very sturdy, and the inside is soft and clearly will not harm the LCD on the camera or any other equipment. It’s kind of expensive, which I knew, but I believe it will probably last longer than I will" L. F.
An elegant and simple walkabout bag for everyday needs. Fits a Leica and/or iPad and/or computer.
Also fits a 16" MacBook and/or reflector when you need something to hold these while walking about, or going from a car to a café, going to work or to a place to photograph.
Adjustable wide and soft shoulder strap. Two pockets inside and one zipped compartment. "Secret" compartment on the back.
Dimensions and weight:
Size: 25 (W) x 27 (H) x 8 cm.
Size: 10 (W) x 11 (H) x 3 inches.
450g / 0.9 pound.
Strap width: 3cm / 1.2 inches .
Strap is adjustable 44-50 inches (110-128cm) in increments of 1.2 inches/3cm.
The Von Mini Messenger Black Calfskin Camera Walkabout Bag
Black with orange edging.
In stock again soon.
Elegant and simple
Slings around the body and looks discrete and great. Awesome feel of soft Italian calfskin leather. Black Mini Messenger.
The Von Mini Messenger is also available in Brown calfskin.
Soft Italian calfskin with matching adjustable shoulder strap. With hand-painted orange edging to make it special, and "ALWAYS WEAR A CAMERA" stamped inside so as to whisper inspiration to you in the morning. That's all.
The Von Mini Messenger Brown Calfskin Camera Walkabout Bag
Brown with orange edging
The Von Mini Messenger Black Calfskin Camera Walkabout Bag
with dark grey edging
Black with DARK GREY EDGNING
(Goes with the series "monochrome" camera strap and camera pouch).
The Von Mini Messenger Blue Calfskin Camera Walkabout Bag
Blue with orange edging
Adjustable shoulder strap
The shoulder strap is wide and soft. It is attached firmly to the bag on one side, and on the other side you can choose your desired length and lock it in at that length. This means that there are no metal nor plastic pieces on the strap itself, which pieces can hurt the shoulder.
Secret pocket on the back
The pocket on the back can hold notebooks, passport, wallet or any other thing you want to keep handy, yet close to the body.
The Mini Messenger has a zip pocket inside, as well as two pockerts for SD-cards, credit cards, business cards, batteries etc.
Zipped pocker inside.
Two smaller pockets for batteries, SD-cards, business cards, etc.
Secret pocket compartment on the back towards the body.
The Von Mini Messenger in black calfskin.
"It's ready when it is right" is our philosophy, and everything is made for me first, used for a long while, adjusted and used again, then put into production. When it’s right, it’s ready.
Matteo Perin and Thorsten Overgaard
Matteo Perin lives on an airplane and serves clients around the world with custom-designed and one-of-a-kind jewelry, bags, clothing and interiors for houses, boats and airplanes. Together with Thorsten Overgaard he designs custom-made bags, camera straps, jackets, shoes and more which are also available as "Always Wear a Camera" ready-to-wear products.
Thorsten Overgaard travels the world taking photographs, teaching photography and writing books. He enjoys well-designed and practical things, such as Leica cameras, and enjoys fashion. When he is not happy with what exists, he makes his own things with Matteo Perin. Designed by Matteo Perin with Thorsten von Overgaard.
The now-classic The Von is a carry-on bag for travel with 2-4 Leica M cameras and lenses.
My Desk Blotter is made for working in style and comfort: With a comfortable size of 36" x 19" (90 x 45 cm) there is plenty of space on the 40" Desk Blotter to the left and right for cups, notes, cameras and all you want to have handy. Soft, beautiful, elegant, simple, water resistant and non-reflective.
a Camera" Microfiber Cloths
"Always Wear a Camera" by Thorsten von Overgaard. The ventilated shade always comes with one, bnut if you want extras, order here.
Ships internationally. Usually arrives within ten days.
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.