Pack It Up

The backpack is making a comeback, but not in the same old school way that you might have had in grade school. Today, high quality materials more thought of as luxury briefcases or suitcases are being utilized to upgrade the the classic backpack. Here are a few samples that we're into:

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz ($75)

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz ($75)

POP QUIZ

Herschel Supply Co. is based in Vancouver and delivers a high quality bag with a regard for fine details. Their mission statement "Driven to provide the everyday traveler with the perfect bags and accessories" is evident in the thoughtfulness of their products.

Specialized compartments for your laptop, phone, and sunglasses are lined with fleece, a front pocket with key clip, and waterproof zipper are the great functional pieces to this bag while coming together with Herchel's classic peppermint striped fabric lining inside.

Incase ICON ($150/200)

Incase ICON ($150/200)

ICON

Incase, founded in 1997, was made to design solutions centered on protection and mobility to meet the evolving demands of today's creatives. Having produced many different products to help us protect our tech, their reputation has been built on quality.

Incase claims that the ICON may be their best bag yet. Designed for functionality, this bag features padded, dedicated sleeves to keep your tech protected while secondary compartments deliver abundant storage for any second laptop needs. High-sided zippers allow rapid storage and a left sided hip port delivers a pass through port for any audio or portable power needs. (Also, the ICON comes in a slimmed down version for those that may not need as much carry space.) Another nice piece about the ICON is the small amount of branding and and internal pockets that give this bag a clean, minimalist look.

BACKPACK M - VOLUME TWO ($715)

BACKPACK M - VOLUME TWO ($715)

BACKPACK M - VOLUME TWO

We saved our favorite and most expensive option for last. Hard Graft makes some of the most beautiful, handcrafted bags and their backpacks don't disappoint.

The handmade Italian bag features subtle veg tan leather and deep structured cotton herringbone webbing, finished with premium hardware. Inside, Backpack M has an internal zip pocket and a padded 13" laptop pocket. The leather on this bag will change, but creases and scratches aren't a defect but a sign of high quality leather.