Billingham is synonymous with photographic bags, and it’s no surprise to find the company in England’s Black Country has been in business for half a century. In celebration, the company is producing a limited edition of the most popular bags in the range. All feature distinctive red stitching. Now, why didn’t they think of that before, you may ask.
There is no doubt that the new bags will be in demand because they look so gorgeous. And Leica owners will be first in the queue thanks to the serendipitous association of red with the brand.
The line-up includes some of the most popular bags — the 72, the Hadley Digital, Hadley Small, Hadley Small Pro, Hadley Pro, Hadley Pro 2020, Hadley One and Mini Eventer. Each range will be limited to just 100 examples worldwide. Every bag in the series will feature a unique “Billingham Made in England — 50 Years Limited Edition” label with text in red to echo the stitching.
Above: My personal favourite, the Hadley Small Pro, which is just the job for an M or Q and a few lenses or accessories.
In addition, all these bags will include a special black-leather shoulder had with red stitching and a “Billingham 50th” branded black drawstring bag. The accessories will not be available separately.
Handcrafted from premium three-layer waterproof fabric with a core ‘StormBlock’ butyl rubber layer, these bags promise a lifetime of water resistance without reproofing. The attention to durability extends to high-quality top-grain, vegetable-tanned leather, solid brass fixings, and high-density closed-cell foam padding.
Harry Billingham’s view
Director Harry Billingham reflects, “As we celebrate our 50th anniversary with this exclusive collection, we are grateful to the photographers who have been part of our journey. These bags are crafted with the promise that we will continue to serve our community with the same commitment and quality that have been our hallmark since 1973”.
Billingham is a small, family run business that has manufactured camera bags in Cradley Heath, England since 1973, providing a high level of protection for the equipment of those in the photographic industry for decades.
In common with all Billingham bags, these limited edition models are constructed to meet the demands of professionals and enthusiasts alike. Each bag will have undergone rigorous inspection before leaving Billingham’s factory, earning a unique serial number and a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee.
Availability and pricing
|Model||UK ex VAT||UK inc VAT||EU ex VAT||US$ ex tax|
|Hadley Small Pro||£245.83||£295.00||€283.00||$332.00|
|Hadley Pro 2020||£287.50||£345.00||€330.00||$388.00|
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