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We have a major case of men’s accessory envy. Why do the guys get to have all the effortlessly cool fun when it comes to burlap doctor bags and those J.Crew satchels that pair the perfect camel canvas and buttery brown leather? We’d like to take that look to the next level with this in-your-face accessory.
The Great Backpack Comeback is well into its third year — and that’s fine with us because as far as we’re concerned, backpacks are here to stay. We know for a fact that Kanye really digs them (a photographic history can be found here), and he’s not alone. Lady Gaga, Jenna Lyons, Rachel Bilson, Suri Cruise, and, of course, the Olsens are just a few of the style stars who have given our case their free-handed seal of approval.
The Olsen twins love them some backpacks. Remember the alligator one that sold out last year? Well, they’ve now designed a second iteration that, if hawked on eBay, could feed a small family for a year.
2010 was the year of a lot of things. But, undoubtedly, it was also the year of the backpack. Don’t believe us? Well, you should. We ushered in the trend way back in April, and ever since then we’ve been talking up a storm about rucksacks, bookbags, knapsacks and randoseru (and yes, that is a thing).
It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on the status of The Great Backpack Comeback, but rest assured — it’s in full swing. And the popularity of the backpack means there’s no shortage of styles for you to choose from. In the last week alone, we’ve come into contact with four styles as covetable as they are unique.
Going on a weekend trip but don’t have anything cute to tote your stuff around in? Styleite’s Jackie Johnson can help. Herein, her list of the most stylish bags to hold all your weekend essentials.
Our love of backpacks is no secret — we can’t get enough of the things. They’re completely utilitarian, they’ve been made in ultra-stylish shapes and colorways over the past few seasons, and they’re a lot less painful and cumbersome than the shoulder bags we normally end up schlepping around town. And we were super excited when, in the course of our should-we-invest-in-a-new-backpack research, we found what’s called a randoseru, a traditional Japanese children’s backpack.
This week in Ruckpack Watch, our semi-consistent column on all things The Great Backpack Comeback-related, we have two seemingly opposite yet perfectly in tandem forces championing that two-strapped vessel of convenience and comfort.
One small sartorial decision for Rachel Bilson, one huge step for The Great Backpack Comeback.
Last week, I penned an ode to my new-to-me, vintage boyscout rucksack and lamented the fact that there weren’t any fashion-forward options on the market. Well, it turns out I just didn’t know where to look! Refinery29, whose shopping round-ups always leave us with a dent in our pockets, has dug up 6 of the coolest-looking backpacks we’ve ever seen.
My name is Verena, and I just bought a rucksack.
Don’t get me wrong; I love purses, particularly expensive ones. And I’ll happily admit: the bigger, the better. But I also like to carry my life around with me. And as a professional reader and writer of all things Internet-related, I bring my computer everywhere. I live in New York; I love to walk. I have an adorable dog named Dumbo and I like it when he walks with me. And my brand new rucksack is the greatest thing to ever happen to me. Here’s why.