By Allison Pavlick
The backpack stepped off campus and onto the runway. The accessory can be traced to some of the biggest names in fashion—the Row, Prada, and Alexander Wang to name a few—but maintains a laid-back edge due to a rugged exterior. Designed largely in canvas, leather, and occasionally alligator skin, the well-worn bag is fashion meets function at its finest. But what we’re digging most is the gender neutral, cross-continental appeal. This must-have item looks as chic on the arm of a Parisian photog as on the back of a Midwestern girl on the go. Finally an accessory we can use to cram all of our essentials. We’re sold.
Check out some of our favorite takes on the trend, compliments of two venerable Minnesota brands:
Forest green backpack ($285), by Duluth Pack, from Duluthpack.com
Leather backpack ($790), by J. W. Hulme, from jwhulmeco.com