Last week, we spoke a little bit about the optimal times for men to be wearing backpacks (not with suits!) and which ones you or your dude might want to pick up if being a cool kid matters. (Be honest, it does.) This week, we’ve located another backpack for cool kids (from SSENSE, the ultimate retailer of such things): the Neil Barrett Copper Iridescent Brasilia Backpack. It looks like the color-shifting trend isn’t just for the ladies.
It’s hard to find leather that both looks soft and has had a significant color-shifting treatment successfully applied to it (there’s a reason that so many of these pieces are PVC), but this bag makes it work. What’s going on here isn’t so much a holo as it is a duo- or multi-chrome; the base color shifts to one or more other shades, depending on the light, instead of creating an entire rainbow. You’ve probably seen the effect elsewhere on fun nail polish or questionable custom paint jobs on cars of the mid-to-late-1990s. Come to think of it, this backpack looks a little 90s in its own right.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing – there’s a whole wave of 90s nostalgia going on right now, much of which I personally love – but I wish that Barrett had gone with fewer 90s details. Even the exclusion of the drawstring closure would have elevated things for me, but I would have preferred it without the buckle straps entirely. A 90s shape, a 90s finish, but with modern details; that would have been perfect. Buy through SSENSE for $1,925.