OK, we all know Leica has gone all boutiquey and uber trendy. But when I read about the new Leica wicker basket I needed a second take. First I checked that the date isn’t April 1, then I read the glowing testimonial on the Leica web site. However, from the reference to summer, I can only imagine this is intended for the Australian market. John Shingleton might want one for Christmas.
Ladies and gentlemen, I guarantee I have not made this up. It’s there in black and white on the Leica website. Heaven knows, I’m a stylish gentleman of eclectic tastes, but is this designed for me?
“This summer classic is designed with a camera pocket for the style-conscious photographer when on the move. The body of this basket is hand-crafted from woven osier wicker. The top handle and edging are made from the finest Spanish cowhide leather in a pale lilac shade with a Leica logo embossed on the front. A further touch of style is added with the ‘I love Leica’ charm that is attached with a leather strap to the top handle.
“Inside the basket you can find a main compartment with enough space to store your belongings as well as the camera pocket to store your favourite Leica compact camera.
“Whether it’s a day on the beach, or Summer in the city, the Leica wicker basket is your ideal companion when exploring your next photographic subject.
“Limited to 150 pieces worldwide.”
So it’s real. Your comments would be appreciated? Are you planning to buy one? It cost only £160, but it’s a pity that Leilac isn’t my colour. The words Oskar, grave and turn spring to mind.