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
02DERIV is a new sub-line from Japanese brand Master-Piece that is a little more youthful and active compared to it’s mainline cousin. The lookbook has a distinct cali feel, fusing elements of surf culture with aesthetics borrowed from safari style. The styling and photography really elevate the presentation of the line with standout pieces being the technical shells and the pocketed pastel oxfords. Also found in the line are boardshorts are all-over print sneakers. So often the sunny cali vibe used in a lookbook can look cliché , but it really compliments the line instead of detracting from it in this case.
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