The 10 Best rucksacks
A bag that's practical and stylish? Thank heavens backpacks like these are in fashion this season for both men and women
Sunday 31 March 2013
£45, Fjällräven Kanken, couvertureandthegarbstore
This Fjällräven Kanken mini backpack was originally designed as a children's school bag, and has since become a favourite among hip cyclists and commuters. The name means arctic fox, which is also the emblem of the brand, and it's available in a rainbow of colours.
This wild print bag will be perfect to offset your black leather biker jacket and acid-wash jeans. It's a cool-girl knapsack that's reminiscent of Nineties school bags in the best possible way.
£85, Herschel, urbanoutfitters
Herschel Supply Co, named after the founders' home town in Canada, is a family business which makes hard-wearing bags with subtle branding that have caught the eye of many a discerning luggage fan. Spot the discreet logos whizzing round London on cyclists' backs.
£44.99, Eastpak, office
Eastpak is a giant among backpack brands, beloved by students and skaters the world over. This dreamy, cloud-and-sky print is a more than fashionable update of its classic style for spring 2013. The padded back and ergonomic shoulder straps make it a particularly comfortable pick.
£415, Meredith Wendell, matchesfashion
New York accessories label Meredith Wendell mixes the most vibrant colours with sumptuous fabrics in different textures to produce its eye-catching knapsacks. This playful blue raffia rucksack has a retro sporty feel with oversized tassels and contrasting panels.
£583.20, Alexander Wang, shopbop
Catwalk designer and now creative director of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang is famous for his handbags, which are highly prized by the fashion cognoscenti. This backpack version is no less desirable, in a soft leather best described as “buttery”.
£135.85, Marc by Marc Jacobs, shopbop
Marc by Marc Jacobs has produced this candy-bright nylon knapsack. If you like your accessories matching, you could seek out the corresponding iPad case and wallet in MJ's trademark quilted fabric. A chic approach to the practical trend.
This groovy graphic backpack ticks the “monochrome” trend box this season and will make fellow passengers smile on the daily commute. The zigzags, spots, dots and dashes are characteristic of this quirky London-based label founded by designer-illustrator Gemma Shiel, and stocked all over the world.
All things embroidered, patchworked, beaded and covered in pom-pom trims are going to be an enormous trend come summer 2013. A cheery patchwork rucksack like this is a good way to tap into the trend, and will brighten up the room with a cornucopia of colours and textures.
Brit designer Paul Smith is a keen cyclist and supporter of cycling, so it makes perfect sense that this sturdy grey nylon backpack includes a flash of neon yellow leather trim. Any fan of understated design would be happy to incorporate this bag into their travel routine.
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