The last time I wrote about a Marc by Marc Jacobs backpack, the response was, well…tepid. In fact, exactly zero of you chose to even share your thoughts on the back, which is somewhat rare in these parts – we have vocal commenters and we love you for it!

So Marc by Marc Jacobs and I are going to try again to start this conversation – what do you guys think of designer backpacks? To me, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Backpack seems particularly functional for female high school and college students that have a slightly higher-than-average budget for their school wardrobes.

I went to a college where it was extremely normal to see girls carrying Longchamp and Herve Chapelier totes around campus in the place of more traditional backpacks, and I’m better that most campuses are similar – of course we want our school bags to be fashionable! This particular one is a tad boring (if a utilitarian success), but I’m hoping that it will sell well so that MbMJ makes it in some of the brand’s more interesting nylon patterns. Buy through ShopBop for $198.

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Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Evie

    I’ll start the opinions rolling. Personally, I like backpacks. You can carry a ton of stuff in a backpack vs. shoulder/cross-body bags. I used my North Face one from Gr 10 to end of my college career. Once I started work, I was determined to be rid of backpacks since it made me look like a student (I’m a petite asian so it’s easy to be mistaken)given a shoulder bag for my laptop, and I thought it was cooler since it’s more grown-up. Lo and behold, on my way to a client’s office, I hurt my back carrying it for 10 minutes. Long story short, I caved in and asked admin to order me an obusforme backpack. At the risk of sounding trite, I have never looked back. Though, I wish I was less stingy and splurged on a lesportsac backpack instead of a unisex green north face. I hope this trend continues so I have reason to use them again. Good job MJ and good job Amanda!

  • 19yearslater

    Hm, this could be a good idea. The pretty nylon totes are omnipresent on college campuses and this is a less painful alternative for those who have heavier loads to carry.

  • Leah

    I have a nylon M by MJ backpack from a few seasons ago that I hardly ever wear BUT I hold on to it for those elusive moments when nothing else will do. They are rare (mostly outdoor festivals and travel) but sometimes you just need a backpack. That being said, I detest the mommy leather backpack thing I see around… love yourself, wear a purse.

  • nola

    Sometimes you just need to carry a backpack. I avoid them but I don’t look down on those carrying them. I think it’s fab that MBMJ isn’t caving into trends and is continuing to design for people who use bags for longer than it takes to walk to the end of a catwalk.

  • Meredith in IL

    I can’t think of one single reason to own a backpack once you’re out of college.

  • Tracy72

    it’s not like a bag more casual, but probably it make your life easier sometimes!
    I think it’s rock!

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  • Nat

    backpacks are only backpacks yet.

  • m

    I like that they’re trying backpack – trying to find a nice one for grown ups is tough but I wish they had strayed more from the Jansport styling.