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Cool Backpacks: Packs with Unique Style for Summer

Written by Dima Vitanova  |   June 23, 2017

Individuality is perpetually fashionable. In a time when we have more options than ever to express our uniqueness, any tiny items we pick becomes a well-thought cue to our preferences. From our homes to our cars to our clothes, our possessions are intimate expressions of your personalities.

When it comes to garments, though, we have an unprecedented liberty to bear our style, no matter whether it is bare essentials or head-to-toe unconventionality. Often, accessories make or break a look, and there is no better extension of who we are than backpacks. Complements to our outfits, packs carry not only our flair but also our world. From phones to laptops to work documents to school books to gym shoes, bags schlep around our most coveted and needed belongings. As crucial as their contents, packs today have turned into fashion statements in their own right.

If you are ever more thoughtful about how packs fit into the rudiments of your wardrobe, consider these rucks whose cool vibe creates a head-turning effect.

Shop Knomo Hudson Backpack
Shop Knomo Hudson Backpack

For Smart Businessmen

Briefcases might be outdated, but their sleek outlines remain a strong fashion reference. The Knomo Hudson is an example. The 10-liter, rectangular bag, equipped with padded straps and a top grab handle, exudes a vintage sophistication that is clothed in full-grain leather. A clever press-lock buckle system secures the top flap, which gives this exceptional creation a luxurious professional finish.

For Vogue Lovers

Pack maker Philo knows how to couple fashion and function. Its black cocoon convertible pack is a testament. Edgy and bold, this mixed-media bag features a 3-liter body, draped in soft, pebbled leather from outside and in mole suede from inside. The convertible strap allows for several carry modes – as a backpack, cross-body bag or shoulder bag. No matter how you choose to wear this bag, its compact, curved structure is to befit a fashion-forward ensemble.

Shop Timbuk2 Tuck Pack Backpack
Shop Timbuk2 Tuck Pack Backpack

For Stand-Out Students

School, a place where it is often difficult to stand out and yet almost everyone wants to do just that. With Timbuk2 Tuck Pack, however, piquing attention becomes easy. With a rugged aesthetic that comes in three different hues, this bag strikes with its atypical body. Two open pockets pointedly jut to the sides, while a roll-over flap buckles up at the top. It is a retro and reliable back – the front zipper and badge reflect light to ensure a secure night commute.

Shop Arcteryx Carrier Duffel 55 Backpack
Shop Arcteryx Carrier Duffle 55 Backpack

For Modern Travelers

Travel might be wearing, but that does not mean it has to be deprived of class. Arcteryx Carrier Duffle delivers a dash of style, together with high durability and protection. With a burly construction, stripped out of outside compartments, the bag is rendered out of ripstop fabric with taped seams that prevent leakage and provide extraordinary resistance. A storm flap, stored in a zipped pouch, shields from inclement weather. With its simple yet functional design, this duffle pack makes for a modern travel companion.

For Cool Urbanites

Trounce through the city’s bustle with Mystery Ranch Urban Assault pack. Built out of highly durable 500D Cordura this bag can withstand any hectic day, and it has a design to show it. With an elongated, tube-like body, held shut with a Y-shaped zip, the pack lends its intuitive construction not only to a fast-paced lifestyle but also to spiffy urbanity.

Shop Sherpani Amelia Backpack
Shop Sherpani Amelia Backpack

For Elegance Seekers

It is hard to come by a modish and practical daypack. Fortunately, Sherpani Amelia bag is just that. Rendered in wool, suede or a blend of cotton and polyester, this 15-liter pack comes with attention-grabbing leather details, including a playful side tussle. Part purse, part top-loading bag, this elegant pack has enough space to organize the day’s essentials with an unexcelled elegance.

Dima Vitanova

About the Author

Dima Vitanova is a backpack reporter, with three years of experience in news and enterprise writing for print and digital publications in the US, India and Kenya. She has covered a variety of issues – from luxury retreats to social justice cases. Her work and contact information can be found here:

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