Back 2 Skool
This week’s Sunday Best is all about the best back-packs to see us into Autumn with the kids returning to school….and obviously us adults always like a refresh too, so there are also some nifty ones here with laptop sections for that daily commute/trek to campus.
In at number one for little girls is this amazing Cat-Mermaid (Purr Maids – see what they did there?) backpack from Paperchase. Paperchase has always pulled it out of the bag each back to school season (‘scuse pun) and this time is no exception. Bonkers, bizarre and oh-so-jolly, seriously what’s not to love. With a finishing flourish of a shiny clam-shell for the front pouch. I’m currently trying to persuade our smallest to part company with her classic Vans for this one. Comes with matching lunch box and other small accessories such as shell shaped pencil sharpeners and iphone covers (of course).
Speaking of Vans – an obvious choice for all the family, their bags and accessories can withstand the toughest throw-across-the-threshold and are roomy enough for all those books and devices once at secondary school. With a 22 litre capacity and a range of vintage Vans fabric reissues, they’re a pretty safe bet for the fussiest boys and girls – especially if they skate and live in that world. There’ll be no sneery top lip with these ones. They also wash incredibly well. (*note they also do great reasonably-priced draw string bags which are brilliant for PE and swimming kits). They also have their perennial classic chequerboard designs for the more understated teen statement.
Back to the girls and this backpack from Accessorize is pretty cute, not too pricey and well made – any primary age/early teen would love this and could customise it even more with their own badges and iron-on patches. (Jennie Maizels does a great range of kids patches).
For students and those of us trying to avoid life-long chiropractor bills, there are two great brands which have become ubiquitous in London, Herschel and Fjallraven Kanken. Both brands are aesthetically pleasing and high quality, getting your laptop safely to its destination whilst not compromising on the style stakes. I’ve picked this one from Herschel Supplies based on it’s breton stripe but they come in loads of colours. My own one is a battered collaboration with Liberty and I’m secretly hoping they’ll do another one some time. The cheery yellow Fjallraven Kanken always makes me smile when I see some cool young person carrying it. Urban Outfitters for both brands as well as Surfdome online. Both are great bags for mums and dads to carry all the baby stuff too – everything to hand without screaming “change bag”.
For a higher-end super chic alternative, look no further than über cool Swedish brand Sandqvist. Understated, immaculate quality which would appeal to professional men and women alike. Much cooler than Prada and half the price. Definitely on my wish list this Autumn. Stocked at Ruskin Whitstable, and they also do on-line.
For girls about town, & Other Stories does a great little back pack in black and beige so it’ll go with everything. (Note that it’s definitely not laptop appropriate though)
Every year, Whistles brings out a range of sleek, leather backpacks – this year’s collection is exceptionally lovely , the Portland backpack and I’m coveting this silver one (also comes in red, black and navy) I think you could just about squeeze a laptop in but you’d need to compromise on some of the other stuff you might normally stuff into your bag.
Finally, for a stand out fun style statement, look no further than Anya Hindmarsh. Known for her quirky, high-end bags and purses, this one would be but a dream for my budget but I’m throwing it in as it’s a great show-stopping way to bring this week’s Sunday Best to a close. The eyes have it.
Have a great Sunday.