Taking requests: backpacks

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Last week, when I did a post on totes, a commenter named Anna requested one on backpacks, and you guys always seem at least a little bit interested in them, so I figured why not show you a whole ton of them? As it turns out, I’m carrying backpacks increasingly often these days, owing in large part to the fact that I’m often carrying my laptop, and it’s so much more comfortable to haul it around that way than in a tote. I always really like the combination of leather and canvas, and I think it looks really polished here; this one from Herschel is similar-looking and a lot cheaper.

Here’s one that’s packable, from Tumi.

I think the stripes here are awfully cute.

And I love the pops of pink on this camo backpack; here’s pretty much the same bag, but in black.

This faux leather number kind of resembles Mansur Gavriel’s (far pricier) backpack.

I think this one from Allsaints is deeply chic in a nice, minimal kind of way; I also like it in this deep green.

A colorblock canvas backpack that’d be great for summer. Which will come again, even though it doesn’t feel like it right now.

You could easily get away with carrying this white leather specimen from Claire V to the office.

This one from Fjallraven doubles as a tote; here’s another tote/backpack hybrid I like.

I like the sling-like shape of this suede bag from Rag & Bone.

This canvas backpack is from a French company I’ve never heard of, and I really like the nice rich navy hue.

This one is another good work option, and it’s monogrammable.

I’d treat this snakeskin-embossed backpack as a neutral, and wear it with everything.

I like the nice clean lines on this one.

I’ve shown you Kara’s backpack before, but I just think it’s so good, and really roomy.

This corduroy one is so fun, and it comes in off-white too, which I like, but which could be problematic from a stain perspective.

I like the plentiful exterior pockets here.

A leather option from Madewell that’s not too insanely priced.

I love this classic from Filson—so cool in an outdoorsy kind of a way.

Here’s a pretty classic black one from Herschel, and here it is in a cute blue camo.

I like the exterior laptop pocket on this one—it’d be really ideal for travel.

The Fjallraven Kanken is my everyday backpack of choice: just big enough for all my stuff, and really lightweight. Here it is in black.

And I use this Fjallraven backpack as a weekender—you can cram a ton into it.

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19 Thoughts on Taking requests: backpacks
    sarah
    31 Jan 2020
    2:27pm

    beautiful and amazingly durable, on my second one, the first lasted 6 years and travelled all over the world. $$$$ but can find them very much on sale on other sites …
    https://www.coteetciel.com/collections/backpacks/products/isar-m-ecoyarn-black

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      Kimbersam
      31 Jan 2020
      4:44pm

      This backpack is so…..organic and cool. It looks alllmosst like Comme des Garcon or MMC.

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      tara
      5 Feb 2020
      4:10pm

      that is gorgeous!

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    c.w.
    31 Jan 2020
    2:51pm

    I ordered the pink one for my “commute” to the East Coast because it fits a 15″ laptop and has wide shoulder straps plus a “luggage” strap so ticks all my computer bag boxes. Looking forward to receiving it!

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      Lorange
      31 Jan 2020
      7:41pm

      Looove a luggage strap! So handy!

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    Mary
    31 Jan 2020
    3:16pm

    I have an MZ Wallace tote and I love it! It can really take a beating so the knapsack version is very tempting.

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    Candace Chestnut
    31 Jan 2020
    1:19pm

    A small bag co named Shorty Love makes a backpack/tote called The Boxer which is pretty great. I’m slightly biased because the designer is a friend but it’s perfect for everyday and travel …
    https://www.shortylove.com/collections/all/products/boxer?variant=13584298377262

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    Kathi
    31 Jan 2020
    1:11pm

    I have never owned/carried a backpack, but this post (the Herschels & Fjallravens) may change my mind – especially for travel & as a weekender.

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    Janet
    31 Jan 2020
    11:37am

    Lo & Sons backpacks are the only backpacks I’ll use for the rest of my life. So thoughtfully designed, durable, no logos or frippery, big enough for everything, and with forward facing zippered side pockets that you can get into while wearing the bag (this is a huge boon if you ride crowded public transit and need to get your metro pass out without taking off your bag). It’s hard to describe, but this backpack has kind of changed my life: https://www.loandsons.com/collections/womens-backpacks/products/hanover-2-600d-recycled-poly-onyx

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      Danielle
      31 Jan 2020
      12:43pm

      Agreed. I have the Hanover 2 in the navy camo and it is fantastic.

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    Ellie
    31 Jan 2020
    12:17pm

    Let me put in a word for Knomo London backpacks (https://knomo.com/collections/backpack-women)! Back issues forced me to switch from shoulder bags to backpacks for commuting/work a few years ago. I needed something big enough for laptop, a couple books/notebooks, wallet and other bibs & bobs, and lunch, but not big enough to overload. Wanted something really sturdy but lightweight, made of a smooth fabric that wouldn’t scuff up coats and sweaters (had some very sad experiences with otherwise excellent canvas/ballistic nylon backpacks ruining beloved garments), and with secure closures and inside zipper pockets for public transport. A friend put me onto Knomo, and I’ve been so happy with my Clifford for everyday that I’m thinking about adding a Beaufort for travel.

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      Jessica
      31 Jan 2020
      7:21pm

      I have a Knomo Beaufort and I love it. I use it for work and travel, and it’s so practical but also sleek looking.

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        Ellie
        3 Feb 2020
        3:13pm

        That’s great to know!

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    shannon
    31 Jan 2020
    10:12am

    The Everlane backpack is really good too – canvas, waterproof, totally plain, no logos, and holds up really well. The black is completely appropriate for the office.

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      Kim France
      31 Jan 2020
      12:37pm

      Yeah, I like the Everlane backpack too, but it’s backordered in all three colors so I didn’t include it.

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    Heather
    31 Jan 2020
    8:27am

    I have the Ebags version of that Fjallraven weekender and it’s great. It’s the exact dimensions of international carry-on, and i’ve used it as my only bag for trips of up to a week in warmer weather. Plus it’s squishier than a roll-on, so I’ve never had to fight for overhead bin space.

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    Meg
    1 Feb 2020
    9:08am

    These are lovely! As a frequent traveler, just a note that while I love a camo backpack, wearing or carrying camo is illegal in some countries unless you’re in the armed forces. I found this out the hard way in Barbados during a layover, when I was using a camo print as my day pack and was nearly prohibited from leaving the airport!

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    Tanya Hahni
    3 Feb 2020
    6:39pm

    I have the Madewell one in black and I like it a lot. It was more than I would typically spend on a bag but I splurged because I thought I could make it my everyday choice which turned out to be accurate. Dressy enough for an (L.A.) professional environment and casual enough to tote around town and look put together (at least in the bag department).

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