WORDS BY AMANDA LEWIS
In the fast paced hustle of urban and country life a man bag isn’t always the best way to carry your essential items. The resurgence of the backpack has reached a new pinnacle and we offer in our humble opinion a selection of the best of both function and form.
Designed for ergonomic comfort, makes squeezing onto the tube easier and keeps both hands free when traversing mountain peaks or ordering a beer at a crowded bar– the back pack is back – better than ever before.
Everyone from Burberry to Boss have packs in their luggage range this season, some are super smart enough to replace the briefcase, others will take you smoothly from office to weekend away.
Barbour International Rubberised Backpack – Built for work or play, ideal if you get caught out in a pesky shower. This lightweight Rubberised Backpack is inspired by Barbour International’s motorcycle heritage. With a unique rubberised finish, it’s designed in a roll-top style and features an interior pocket suitable for a tablet device.
Eastpak – leather panelled canvas backpak – When Eastpak launched in 1952 it produced duffle bags and packs for the US Army, and durability is still at the heart of its design process today. This claret canvas backpack is bolstered with a sturdy leather base and has adjustable, padded shoulder straps that are slimmed down for optimum comfort. It also features a zipped front pocket – so you can store essentials within easy reach – and has an internal Velcro fastening laptop compartment.
Mulberry – Marty full grain leather and canvas backpack – Capacious and durable, Mulberry’s ‘Marty’ backpack will help you navigate your commute with ease. This smart navy piece is made from tough nylon-canvas and is finished with tonal full-grain leather panels and sleek silver hardware. A bevy of large pockets makes it ideal to hold your current paperback, tablet and gym kit.
Whistles X Hell Buddy – Dexter Roll Top Backpack – A piece from the exclusive limited edition collaboration with Japanese brand Buddy, this ‘Dexter’ backpack is a utilitarian, military-inspired design. A highly functional piece, it has a roll-top closure, waterproof lining, and comfortable padded back panel. The roll-top design keeps your belongings secure, whilst double back entry zips keep your essentials within easy reach.
Patagonia Arbor Canvas Rucksack – Born from a love for the outdoors, Patagonia creates everyday pieces unrivalled in practicality and durability. Ideal for daily commutes or weekend adventures, this ‘Arbor’ backpack is crafted from hard-wearing canvas to withstand wear and tear. Features a water-repellent finish for protection against light rain or snow. Faux leather trims act as external lash points to attach gear or accessories. The capacious interior is sized for a day’s worth of clothes and has a padded sleeve that will hold up to a 15″ laptop.
Sandqvist Stig backpack – This is a simple and practical option. Crafted from cotton canvas, this Nordic-inspired piece opens to reveal plenty of space for your travel essentials and with adjustable back straps and an easy drawstring closure it makes for the ideal adventure companion.