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I find that backpacks are the my favorite way to carry essential items from point A to B. If you’re looking for a new well designed pack, I’ve selected some of the best of the season below.

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Acne Olov Backpack

Pretty much as minimal as you can get, this Acne backpack features extremely clean lines in shiny black nylon with minimal stitching. This will pretty much go with anything you want to wear and features a classic schoolbag shape.

$320 at Acne

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Visvim 20L Ballistic nylon and canvas backpack

Visvim backpacks are famed for their design, durability and just how damn good they look. These recur season to season with slight revisions on the style popping up each year. This year’s edition comes in navy ballistic nylon with a robust suede bottom. Plenty of zippered pockets and padded back/shoulders will keep you comfortable. While the pricepoint is steep, rest assured that this is one of the best packs on the market.

$690 at Mr.Porter

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Undercover Olive Drab Porter Edition Backpack 

Undercover re-vives it’s classic bag shape for Fall/Winter 2014 with a collaboration with Porter. The two signature two pocket design is now in standard Porter nylon along with some nice detailing : brass hardware, cowhide trim and tonal stitching. This edition of the pack shouldn’t be around for long so if you can’t scoop an older version online, this may be an excellent choice.

$675 at SSENSE

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Master-Piece Surpass Backpack

Master-Piece makes some great packs that provide good value given the made in Japan quality. While plebes might get it mixed up with a Herschel, you’ll be the wiser. Cordura Nylon fabric and leather shoulder straps make this stand above the average pack.

$250 at East Dane

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Marni Grey Felt and Leather Backpack 

If you’re feeling a bit too grown for a backpack, you may want to go with something a bit more luxe and low-key like this grey felt bag by Marni. A really pared down design that is mainly led by it’s materials. Grey felt wool and contrasting black leather panels. This backpack is job-interview approved.

£600  at Oki-Ni

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Balenciaga Classic Traveller Backpack

Balenciaga outfits their Classic Traveller bacckpack  in forest green nylon with black leather accents. This is definetly at a luxury designer pricepoint so it isn’t for everyone, but it definetly would pair well with a clean techy wardrobe full of items from Dries, MMM, Jil Sander and Raf. While you may have to be part of the ruling class to afford this thing, those of you can who can pull it should be able to put together some great outfits using it.

$1,465 at Barney’s


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Under the Sophnet umbrella Uniform Experiment has been releasing novel twists on men’s classics since the brand’s inception. The Japanese label puts out a mix of both dressed up gear and more casual streetwear for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The looks found in the collection are blends military/sreetwear inspired looks with more tailored trousers and shirting. The simple styling really allows us to see the gear clearly, and emphasizes some of the more exciting pieces such as the above blazer/ma-1 hybrid. Look for the collection at END and Haven See the rest of the looks after the jump.

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Adidas and Rick Owens team up again on their second collaborative sneaker model the Tech Runner. The first release was a love it or hate it affair and it looks like the same will hold true this time. Inspiration this time around comes via the B-2 Stealth Bomber, and you can see these angular lines transalted on the EVA midsole. I actually prefer these to the original model though the grey suede/sand colorway stands out as the one I’d wear from the bunch. Expect these to release later this summer so look out for updates here on their release.

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After two polar vortexes , it seems warmer weather is finally around the corner which means canvas sneakers can  re-enter the rotation. PF Flyers has released some new styles for Spring/Summer . Among them are the vintage pack which includes some of the brands most popular models : Center Hi, Center Lo and the Windjammer. The sneakers are flipped with retro-inspired branding and details discovered in the PF Archives. You’ll be able to find these at the PF Flyers website.

Models Ouigi Theodore and Stack-Aly | Photos by Adam Larson.

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The good folks at Nomad Toronto posted up an interview with Errolson Hugh founder of ACRONYM and designer at Stone Island Shadow Project. As a visionary in technical clothing, it’s always worthwhile reading some of the insights that Errolson gives into his design process. Most of the interview focuses on his designs under the Stone Island Shadow Project label. A quote from the interview is below

What has Shadow Project enabled you to do that you haven’t been able to do with Acronym?

Errolson Hugh: Colour. Colour, and all the fabric research. We’ve learned an incredible amount making things in Italy. The way things are made in Italy is unique, I think, to the world. The tradition, the manufacturing culture in Italy is so, so strong, stronger than anywhere else I’ve ever seen it. It’s incredible to meet people who have been in the industry – like, Carlo is eighth-generation textile. And his son, Silvio, will be the next. It’s crazy. People identify themselves with their work here, with manufacturing, with making fabrics, with knitting garments. And, so, when you talk to them about it, and you talk to them on the level of, “I’m really into this and want to try that,” if you’re sparking new ideas, they’re totally excited to try it. They’re not like, “Well, are you gonna order two million?” It’s really a product, craftsmanship-based culture that I hadn’t encountered at that level before. Without which, Stone Island is basically impossible. The suppliers they work with closely, they have a partnership where, in some cases, Stone Island is almost like their research division. There’s an incredible amount of openness between the fabric suppliers, even the yarn manufacturers, or the dyers. That’s something we would never have seen otherwise. And then, of course, designing fabrics is something you just don’t usually get a chance to do. And designing fabrics in the way Stone Island can make them is also its own special thing. Very, very interesting.

Read the entire interview on Nomad

In case you missed it, take a look at our previous shop profile with Nomad.

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Sk8thing may not be a household name in most places on Earth but he is a fundamental player in the evolution of modern streetwear. Sk8thing has played a founding role BAPE®, Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream, WTAPS and most recently C.E. His graphic designs have graced countless T-shirts and collaborative pieces and he has worked with industry heavyweights like Pharrell and Hiroshi Fujiwara. The ever elusive Sk8thing is rarely seen in public without his face obscured by masks , bandanas or scarves. His style captured in these photographs shows his personal style is as dynamic as his designs.

Essential Sk8thing Reading

Interview Magazine

iD Online

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The upcoming 10th anniversary issue of V-MAN  includes an editorial titled ‘Hip-Hop Oligarchs.’ The feature styled by Maryam Malakpour and shot by Carlos Serrao features Wiz Khalifa , A$AP Rocky, Big Boi and Future in an array of high fashion items including Givenchy and SLP. The above video channels grainy 1990s VCR footage and is a behind the scenes look at what transpired during the shoot.

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Berlin-based label SADAK  presents it’s  Spring/Summer 2014 collection “in liminal space”. I wasn’t sure what to make of it when I first viewed the collection, but after going through all of the looks, I  see a pretty clear direction from  designer Sasa Kovacevic. Sasa is able to take contemporary men’s trends (printed t-shirts, drop crotch pants and oversized cuts) and put an imprint on them that feels fresh; likely because he’s drawing from such different influences.

Apparently the collection mixes Serbian hip hop subculture and Japanese traditional dress. You can see the inspiration in the Serbian 19th century embroidery, Japanese silk painting and Serbian ethnography. The shapes here are the most interesting part to me as they are straddle the line between bold and wearable. This is the type of collection that you can go all out with or tone down with more traditional wardrobe staples. 18 more looks after the jump

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A denim jacket is a key wardrobe staple that can be worn almost all year round.  I’ve went and picked out 5 of my favorites from the Fall/Winter 2013 season.

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Neighborhood Stockman-D/C Jacket

A western-inspired light washed denim jacket from Neighborhood. The fading on the arms and body are quite believable and not overdone. The light color makes this easy to pair with chinos, cords and other fall/appropriate pants. Subtle branding and gold hardware round out the piece. Available at Haven for $429.

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Visvim Social Sculpture 101 Damaged  

The jacket has everything you look for in a denim jacket. Quality 12oz selvedge denim construction, subtle side pockets and an amazing wash. Visvim sets out to improve upon men’s staples in considered meaningful ways, and in many ways this is the best Levi’s Type-II style jacket on the market.  1070 EUR at Firmament Berlin.

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 A.P.C Denim Jacket

With a dark wash that is easy to pair with almost any outfit this A.P.C denim jacket is perfect for anyone who lives in the suburbs and wants to out-do every other guy in a 5mile radius. Based on Lee rider jackets, this jacket is a little more comfortable than breaking in something a totally raw denim jacket. I would also recommend this to anyone with the APC jean starter kit or if you work at a web startup. $290 at Mr.Porter.


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Rick Owens DRKSHDW Worker’s Jacket

It’s a shame this DRKSHDW jacket doesn’t photograph as well as it looks in person. Rick delivers quality slim (but still slightly strange) fits and the denim is always good quality (although never selvedge). This design is more minimal than we usual see from Rick for his denim line, if indigo isn’t your thing this black worker’s jacket is a good bet. $829 at The Corner.

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Undercover Black Quilted-Sleeve Denim Jacket

While now the contrast material sleeve thing seems to be everywhere in 2013, Undercover was one of the original brands to really implement it well.  It has become something of a brand trademark they have played around with season to season. The quilting on the nylon sleeves adds some texture and the raw edges on the bottom hem set this out against the more luxe street goth thing every is doing now. Just don’t pair this with leather sweat pants. $815 at SSENSE.

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RSVP Gallery in Chicago just dropped an selection of items from CAVEMPT. The release included the ziggurat patch sweatshirt, a light white synthetic jacket and the brown MA-1 style bomber jacket. Many items from C.E seem to be selling briskly on other webshops so you may want to hurry if one of these pieces catches your eye.

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