While women’s backpacks have had an exponential increase in popularity over the last couple of seasons, men’s backpacks have never dipped out of the accessories spotlight one bit. They’re a practical choice for men of …
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Ok, so here’s the deal. The Row launched its first-ever line of handbags at Barneys last night, and as I was dutifully checking Twitter while finishing up my posts for the …
As an unapologetic Alexander Wang fangirl, I can’t help but be interested by the Alexander Wang Walker Doodle Print Backpack. It’s not a particularly functional wardrobe piece, nor is it really special enough to be a collector’s item, but it makes me smile and consider going down to the craft store to get some fabric markers. I guess that makes this bag somewhat inspirational, right?
My interests have always skewed toward urban and industrialist style, so anything vaguely graffiti-inspired grabs my intention immediately. This design is somewhere between graffiti and a heavily doodled-upon notebook, and I bet that I could recreate it on an inexpensive bag of my own. Come to think of it, that might be kind of a fun weekend art project. (more…)
Depending on who you are, backpacks might be kind of a tough sell. They’re purposefully boyish and perhaps a bit infantilizing, but if you’ve got an edgy personal style and lots of confidence, they can look utilitarian-chic in all the right ways. Having a backpack option as luxe as the Kooba Griffin Drawstring Tote absolutely makes pulling off the look much easier.
Kooba seems to be try to avoid the “backpack” stigma by not using that word to describe this bag, but there’s no getting around exactly what we see in this photo. It’s a backpack, and there’s nothing wrong with that, particularly when you’re spending the day shopping or strolling and you don’t want to have to deal with a regular purse on your arm. (more…)
I just can’t use a cheap gym bag. I’ve tried to convince myself that it’s ok, but I spend 40 hours a week committed to the idea that utilitarian objects should be beautiful and well-made, and I just can’t shake that feeling when it comes time to work out.
For my purposes, the Tory Burch Palma Small Backpack would be a perfect choice. I don’t need to carry extra shoes or a change of clothes, just a hand towel, my iPod and a book, and this bag would handle all of that with style to spare. Maybe if I had such a bright, cheery gym bag, I’d work out more often. (more…)
I remember a time when everyone wanted a little Prada backpack. I was in my senior year of high school, and girls in my affluent suburb were just starting to figure out the concept of accessories as status symbols. It was the early 2000s, so we couldn’t have picked a better time to start lusting after logo bags. I was the first of my friends to embrace the trend (how fitting) with a Prada Nylon Messenger Bag, which I received as a graduation present from my cousin Deb.
I’m no longer in high school, so it’s impossible to say if the seniors of 2010 want the same types of things that my class did, but Prada still continues to make the nylon bags that they’ve produced since 1985. The company is mum on how well they bags are selling compared to the style’s heyday, but we wanted to do a little survey of our own:
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. (more…)