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Tiny Atlas SOLAS: A casual camera bag for photographers

Created by Emily Nathan

Tiny Atlas SOLAS: A casual camera bag for photographers
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181 backers pledged $30,506.00 on Kickstarter

Raised in Kickstarter
$30,506.00 / 181 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$3,220.00 / 185 backers

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In collaboration with Alite Designs, Tiny Atlas Quarterly brings to you the Solas bag. Solas is a casual camera bag that’s lightweight, versatile and durable. Not only for photographers, Solas is an adventure ready bag that reflects your personal style.

 

Designed for everyday style and light weight with just the features and functionality that keep your camera + essentials safe and organized.
Designed for everyday style and light weight with just the features and functionality that keep your camera + essentials safe and organized.

 

Solas comes in three color options
Solas comes in three color options

 

Solas is a durable waxed cotton canvas bag built with a cushioned internal frame to protect your gear. It features vegetable-tanned leather, metal hardware accents and an original three-way carry design that transforms the bag from tote to backpack or shoulder bag. Design features include: 13” laptop sleeve, air-mesh lined, easy-access pockets for iPhone, sunglasses or filters, a key leash and versatile fold-away center divider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated protective foam camera compartment
Integrated protective foam camera compartment

 

Dimensions for Solas and Solas accessory bags
Dimensions for Solas and Solas accessory bags

 

We can’t wait to see what you do with these bags on your own adventures.
We can’t wait to see what you do with these bags on your own adventures.

 

We have also made two accessory bags from waxed cotton canvas and a detachable leather strap that work interchangeably, so you can take just what you need. The Lens Pouch padded for protection with a wrap-around zipper opening. And the Grid Organizer: a unique accessory bag perfect for cards, batteries and thumb drives that features a two-sided color system, one color for those cards and batteries ready to go and a second for those that need to be charged or downloaded.

 

Color coded Grid Organizer for cards and batteries
Color coded Grid Organizer for cards and batteries

 

Grid Organizer and detachable natural leather strap
Grid Organizer and detachable natural leather strap

 

Myles with the lens bag.
Myles with the lens bag.

 

- 1 Grid Organizer - Dual color coded camera accessories organizer.
- 2 Lens Bags - Padded protection for most lenses. 
- 1 Leather Carry Strap - Attach our grid organizer or lens bag for easy shoulder carry.

Save $20 off expected retail value.

- 1 Solas Camera Bag - In black, natural or color-blocked waxed cotton canvas (you choose color later).

Save $45 off expected retail value for Early Bird Rewards.

- 1 Solas Camera Bag - In black, natural or color-blocked waxed cotton canvas (you choose color later). 
- 1 Grid Organizer,
- 2 Lens Bags,
- 1 Leather Carry Strap. 

Save $65 off expected retail value for Early Bird Rewards.

- 1 Solas Camera Bag - In black, natural or color-blocked waxed cotton canvas (you choose color later).
- 1 Grid Organizer,
- 2 Lens Bags,
- 1 Leather Carry Strap.
- Allswell Journal
- Social Print Studio 5" square print pack of 24 

Social Print Studio prints are gorgeous!
Social Print Studio prints are gorgeous!

 

AllSwell unique Write/Draw blank/lined notebook
AllSwell unique Write/Draw blank/lined notebook

 

Solas, color block wax cotton canvas
Solas, color block wax cotton canvas

 

Solas, black cotton canvas
Solas, black cotton canvas

 

Solas, natural and rover yellow wax cotton canvas
Solas, natural and rover yellow wax cotton canvas

 

 

Extensive positive press for Tiny Atlas
Extensive positive press for Tiny Atlas

 

For the past year, we have been developing a casual camera bag with Alite Designs. We met Alite’s Design Director Tae Kim and his team when they backed our 1st Kickstarter. Our collaboration was a natural one as both companies embrace getting out in the world and good design.

We beta-tested versions and versions of this pack until we got it right. We have consulted with our community throughout the whole process. Asking what they wanted in a camera bag too. We now have a gorgeous, easygoing day bag that helps us bring our big cameras back into our everyday lives. From the outside, the bag looks like a lightweight waxed cotton canvas tote. Inside, though, there's tons of protection, structure and organization.

Today we bring the Solas bag to you.Thank you for bringing to life a beautiful bag. We can’t wait to see what you do with these bags on your own adventures.

LEFT: An early prototype — RIGHT: Shooting with a test prototype while on assignment
LEFT: An early prototype — RIGHT: Shooting with a test prototype while on assignment

 

 

Solas, A cool and adventure loving camera bag. Leave your heavy and bulky kit at home and safely bring all your essentials along for the day.
Solas, A cool and adventure loving camera bag. Leave your heavy and bulky kit at home and safely bring all your essentials along for the day.

 

                                                                                        

After working full time for over a decade as an editorial and lifestyle photographer, in 2012, Emily Nathan founded a new travel magazine, Tiny Atlas Quarterly.  Tiny Atlas is a photographer-led and people centered publication. As the magazine developed, a community of travelers, writers, designers, photographers and creatives grew around it. 

Today, Tiny Atlas is in constant conversation with our community, sharing inspiration from travels tagged with #mytinyatlas, a hashtag on instagram we created in 2014 and curate daily. #mytinyatlas is now one of the largest and most highly regarded tags in travel with more than 1.5 million posts. 

We love to connect with our ever-growing audience directly through photo shows, events and have now even launched Tiny Atlas trips, incredible outdoor adventures where participants can develop their own storytelling skills. 

More than anything, the ethos of Tiny Atlas is about wanderlust and celebrating the stories that are born from personal travel experiences and the images we hold dear to remember them. We started with an online and print magazine and then expanded into gallery photo shows, community events and trips. Today we’re launching a camera bag that reflects our design aesthetic intended to help you get out on your own adventures.

#mytinyatlas image by @voyage_provocateur
#mytinyatlas image by @voyage_provocateur

 

Kickstarter campaigns and start-up magazines definitely take a village. A massive thanks to our project partner and Alite's design director, Tae Kim, for giving Tiny Atlas this opportunity to develop something we have been wanting to create. 

A huge thanks to our Kickstarter video Director, Thayer Gowdy, video Editor, Maren Patton and to drone drop-in master, Adam Warmington.

Design: Incredible thanks to Mark Sloan for the Tiny Atlas re-design and Solas brand development. Thank you to Jake Huffman, Alex Gennette and Lizzie Hunter Vaughan for design magic.

Thank you to the Alite prototypers Jean and Jung and all of the Alite and Boreas staff who helped out on this project, especially Todd, Jon, Ian and  Liz.

Thank you to the Tiny Atlas home team this past summer: Sherese Elsey, Samantha Soon, Flora Tsapovsky. Thank you to magazine editors Jill Lindenbaum, Deb Hearey, Diana Mulvihill and Jennifer Rodrigue.

A special thanks goes out to our event partners for the #mytinyatlasSolas launch: The Alite Outpost, George Sylvain and Social Print Studio, Allswell Creative and Laura Rubin, Guittard Chocolate and Amy Guittard, Florealm, Lorenza Wine, and co-curator for the photo show, Cory Jacobs.

Tiny Atlas pictures thanks go out to talent and artists: Amy Nathan, Jason Corning, Sophia Jackson, Stephanie Modica, Amy Soderlind and Myles, Aya Brackett, Michael O'Neal, Daniel Dent and Preston Richardson. Thank you for your support along the way to Andrea Faucett, Mireya Gartland, Tasha Van Zandt and Ashley Camper. Special thanks for to Tyson Wheatley, Dan Tom, Ana Linares, Elke Frotscher, Peter Bowman, Sofia Tomé, Natalia Horinkova, Gabriel Flores, Sean Ryan Pierce, Laura Pritchett, Daeja Fallas, Gabriela Herman, Cecile Moli, Sezgi Olgac, Annie Ojile, Anthony D'Argenzio, Ja Soon Kim, Mercedes Lopez Coello, and all of our Tiny Atlas friends and ambassadors. 

Thank you to: Crimson Hort, Blue Bottle and Brandon and Jeremy from Standard & Strange in Oakland for sharing your beautiful locations for our shoot. Thank you to Stranded Records and thank you to Sightglass Coffee. Thank you to Lucille Lawrence for our Solas invite image and Jimmy Mezei for lettering on it.

Thank you to all the new and long time contributors to our #mytinyatlas and our photo shows! Whew if you are still here, thank you for reading.

And finally, thanks to the near and dear for constant support through this wild project: Ruth and Larry Nathan, Jake and Otto Huffman, Amy Nathan, Rob, Theo and Saul Weiss, Claire Gendler, Amy Frost, Victoria Ruchkan, Aimee Friberg, Janna Stark, Desiree Holman, Julie Nathan and Kate Threlfall.

 

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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Production Update
7 months ago – Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 07:43:38 PM

Hello Backers!

We have a bit of mixed news. The good news is, we are making your bags and they look awesome. Even better, we are producing the bags right here in the Bay Area, at the Mission-based shop of our Kickstarter partner, Alite Designs, as well as in a beautiful custom shop (also in SF) called Clinton Park. Because we ramped up to produce your bags right here in the Bay we are a bit delayed. Some bags are shipping next week, but we will over-run some of our early-bird backers bag delivery by a couple weeks. Please let us know any concerns you may have, but also rest assured that your bags are headed your way very soon.

We just shared a few pictures from Clinton Park on our @tinyatlasquarterly Instagram yesterday and will continue to share images of bag production and shipments as everything wraps up and gets shipped.

Thank you so much for your support and patience.

Emily

Making your bags and Finalizing Shipping
8 months ago – Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 09:14:04 PM

Hello backers,

We are so excited to be making your bags! Please make sure to select your color in our Backerkit survey if you have not done so yet (and nice job to vast majority of you who have). We will lock down shipping address changes by December 10th.

Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Emily

BackerKit Surveys are coming!
9 months ago – Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 02:37:46 PM

Hello wonderful backers!

We are sending an email this week with a special link to BackerKit surveys about your bags and accessories. It is important to respond to your survey as quickly as you can since we need this information for fulfilling your rewards.

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey, just click on the survey link, fill it out, and you’re all good to go. You will be able to answer questions about your rewards preferences, provide shipping information, and pledge for more “add-ons” if you'd like. You do not have access to this survey link yet, but it will be available soon via email.

If you decide later that you want to edit your survey response, you can go back to your survey and change it any time before we lock down the surveys for processing.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you will be able to recover your survey here: https://tiny-atlas-solas-a-casual-camera-bag-for-photograp.backerkit.com

If you use your Facebook login for your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey will be sent to the email you used for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you would prefer to use, please contact support at https://tiny-atlas-solas-a-casual-camera-bag-for-photograp.backerkit.com/faq and we'll get you sorted out right away.

Start finalizing your choice between black, natural/rover yellow and color block (we are so excited to see what you choose!)...

Emily + the TAQ team

200% funded! Hooray!
10 months ago – Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 07:57:07 PM

Thank you all so much for supporting our project!

What an incredible community we have. It was wonderful to connect with so many of you online throughout the campaign and in person during our launch events in San Francisco at Alite's Outpost and in Brooklyn at the Independent Art Book Fair.

We will send a survey very soon via email where you will choose your Solas color.

Thank you!

Emily Nathan and the TAQ team

17 hours to go and $700 away from our Stretch Goal!
10 months ago – Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 03:26:57 AM

Thank you all so much for backing our project. We are thrilled to be concluding this campaign having reached over 200% of our funding goal. We are so happy to get these bags made and out to you and your loved ones. Even more exciting will be seeing the Solas bags traveling all over the world on #mytinyatlas and #mytinyatlasSOLAS with you and hearing reports of how the bags are working in your lives.

If you have not shared the project, please take a moment to share it (Facebook is the best from our records) before our funding campaign ends tomorrow at 8 AM PST. 

We will send a survey later this week where you can choose your colorway as well, so start making that final decision.

Thank you!!!

Emily + the TAQ team