Porter is one of the most reliable names for durable, well-constructed bags. They have linked up with fellow Japanese accessory experts Foot the Coacher. While Foot the Coacher is best known for their sneakers, the collaboration allows them to put the same level of attention to a selection of backpacks and waist bags.
The backpacks come in three different styles and are constructed from Cordura ripstop, high-density nylon and leather. Zip pockets, drawstring entry, adjustable buckles and an assortment of storage options gear up for high functionality. The two waist bag styles come in either Cordura ripstop or black nylon and have tons of compartments and design details. The only downside of the collection is the pricing as these won’t come cheap with pricing in the $400-700USD range. Shop the collection over at HAVEN.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
I dropped into the Monocle store in West Village (535 Hudson St) to check out their latest products for spring. I selected some of my favorite pieces for this post.
United Arrows x Stetco Summer Lounge Jacket $440
A super light patterned jacket for summer patios and poolside lounging.
Orlebar Brown x Monocle Swim Trunks $120
Functional design meets a great cut that’s. These feature buckle cinches at the waist and a back pocket for added functionality.
Monocle x United Arrows Stamskin Bag $310
This is a great bag for weekends away or everyday commuting. The stamskin gives the appearance of leather from afar but upon closer inspection you can see the durable construction and disciplined detailing. The bag is pretty lightweight and a versatile size.
Porter x Monocle Sub Club Tote Bag $175
An upgrade on the basic tote, with durable canvas material and a side zip for pens, notebooks and other necessities. As an added bonus, each tote purchase ALSO includes a year subscription to Monocle Magazine.
Tray Set by Fog Linen Work $60
Japan based Fog Linen Work specializes in household accessories. These striped trays can be used to serve everything from tea to grilled foods. At $60, they won’t break the bank either.
All selected items are currently in stock at Monocle New York.
Styling: Seth Levine
Model: Emma Campbell
Photographer/Blogger Vincent Tsang of On and Beyond and illustrator Jeremy Wirth collaborated on this projected entitled NeoNinja. NeoNinja is a visual portrayal that bridges the gap between photography and illustration and really adds a degree of needed fantasy to menswear. The pieces shown above can be found at Off the Hook in Montreal.
Images via Off the Hook