It’s practically the first day of school––do you have your backpack game on lockdown? I know you’d like to think that you can somehow manage getting to and from class with nothing more than your purse, but trust us, you’re gonna want a backpack (your back will thank you for it). We’re particularly fond of canvas packs because they’re rugged and easy to care for. We’ve picked out sixteen of our faves to get you and all the stuff you schlep around all day ready for the next semester. Keep reading »
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I’ve decided my giant hot pink L.L. Bean backpack from 5th grade will no longer be lugged around during my third year of college. The upcoming school year is begging for a new sturdy and cute bookbag, and I’ve picked the best of the best to adorn your (and my!) backside all year.
Mary-Kate and Ashley are really into backpacks. The sisterly design duo couldn’t possibly find a way to top last year’s $39,000 alligator version (at left) (which, it’s worth noting, flew off the shelves), so they settled for incorporating this $16,900 fur rucksack into The Row’s pre-fall collection. Some might find the patchwork pattern unappealing, but fret not — the bag is Rachel Zoe-approved! Thank God! I was terrified for a second there that it might be ugly. [Us Weekly]
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I took a day trip from Portland to Seattle. We stopped at the army surplus store downtown and acted like predictable tourists: trying on sailor hats and taking pictures and debating whether or not the Tommy gun will ever come back in style.
”I tried it on, shrieked with delight, and strutted around the store. It was super comfy and I imagined all the things I could carry in it, the stylish ruggedness it would bring to all my outfits.
But it was 30 dollars, and I hadn’t budgeted for that. “Besides,” I said. “Do I really need a rucksack?” I put it back on the shelf, we went out to dinner, and headed back to Portland.
The next couple weeks played out like a montage of events that necessitated owning a German rucksack. My laptop bag broke. I went for a hike with my brothers. I spent the night at a friend’s house and needed to lug a change of clothes around. I literally had dreams about this rucksack on at least three separate nights, one of which involved us (meaning the rucksack and myself) frolicking in a field of daisies, laughing and smiling, without a care in the world.
And we did. It was a six-hour drive round trip (I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Al Gore and the ozone layer), but it was worth it. The other day I loaded up my rucksack with overdue books and rode my bike to the library, and I was truly happy. I also avoided subsequent overdue charges.
Victory is mine!
So here’s my question for you, dear readers: From standing in line overnight for an H&M opening to bribing a friend in London to send you a limited-edition lipstick to driving 300 miles to buy a rucksack, what’s the farthest you’ve gone for fashion? What’s the farthest you would go?
This backpack from old-school Swedish company Fjallraven might not seem like a standout fashion accessory, but we’ve just got a feeling about this one. It seems like the type of utilitarian product, like LeSportsac was in the beginning, or those Manhattan Portage messenger bags that were all the rage a few years back, that could easily become the next everyone-and-your-mom-has-one item. The design for the shoulder-strapped pack has been around since 1978, and we’re into the simple, outdoorsy aesthetic. And just like you’d expect, the bag is made with top quality materials, notably Vinylon, a durable yet lightweight waterproof fabric.
OK, jaded fashion lovers, listen up. We’re all tired of hearing about designers who donate two percent of the proceeds from a random T-shirt to some backwater pet charity in Papua New Guinea. (Note to all publicists: We see right through you.) But Kenneth Cole and Lauren Bush have collaborated on a Feed Health backpack that’s actually going to make a difference. For each of the $125 bags sold, another one will be donated to a health care worker in sub-Saharan Africa. The bag will be filled with medical supplies, like syringes and bandages. Condoms. A cell phone. Oh, and a scale to weigh newborn babies. Starting tomorrow, the backpack will be available at select Kenneth Cole stores and online here (with free shipping!). So, no more hoarding your pennies. Besides, you can’t even buy Givenchy on sale for that price! Keep reading »
It used to be that the only “bag” a man would carry was a briefcase, and maybe a shopping bag if he bought something on his way home. Then came the metrosexual and that awesome Friends episode where Joey gets a man bag. Joey and any other guy who dared carry a bag were made fun of. These days, we have so many portable electronic devices that men might actually need some sort of vessel to put their computers, iPods, cameras, etc. in when transporting them from home to office and so forth. Unfortunately, some have taken the wearing of this accessory too far. Gentlemen, there are rules! Keep reading »