Shopping for Grownup Backpacks

by Jamie Sanford on June 2, 2015

While we were in Dubai last year, we ended up using a small backpack that Will’s mom had in the house. It was helpful and also met the requirement of being a bag that wasn’t particularly gendered, so that we can trade it off between us.
Our current solution is a Ben Sherman crossbody bag. We are on our second one of these, and they have served us well. Plus, they are very cool.

However, this is still not ideal, since we sometimes have heavy items that cause shoulder issues, and also, the strap between your boobs isn’t always the best look. I have been hunting for a grownup backpack for us to use for months, and still haven’t found the winner. There are GREAT ones, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t currently have the budget for an $800 backpack.

I know this collection is a bit heavy on the Alexander Wang, but come on, they are all great-looking and will probably last you a lifetime. I have learned that buying well-made leather goods is always a good investment. They aren’t all leather though, the Tumi backpack is also great looking and the grey color is perfectly neutral. I like the look of the Olivia Harris white one, but the perforations seem impractical for wet weather. Bottom line? Fancy backpacks are fancy and totally expensive.

As mentioned above, I’m sure that the investment is probably worthwhile, and I would much prefer to buy something that I believe will last me for the rest of my life. Do you carry a bag or backpack? What’s your favorite?

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