14 posts tagged with Backpack
Valentino Studded Backpack

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:

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From left: Prada Nylon Pocket Tote, $550 via Saks; Prada Vela Backpack, $710 via Saks; Prada Vela Messenger Bag, $550 via Saks.

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…)

With the not-so-subtle militaristic undertones that have been pervading certain sectors of the fashion industry for the past several seasons, I have to wonder why we haven’t seen more backpacks. They seem to making headway now and will likely be a full-fledged Thing once the gleam is off the mini crossbody trend, but it’s kind of surprising that things like the Marc by Marc Jacobs new Army Handhack Backpack haven’t been cropping up more often.

This is, of course, not the first backpack that we’ve covered. In fact, I loved Alexander Wang’s take on the shape as much as I’ve loved any backpack since, say, 1996. But if you’re unsure of the rend and don’t want to spend all that much money (or, alternatively, if you’d like to actually use the thing as a school bag), the Marc by Marc Jacobs version might be more your speed. (more…)

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