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Backpacks: The Top 5 Trends

30 Jul 2019

As the #1 companion of both nomads and dedicated city dwellers, the backpack inspires thoughts of freedom and adventure.

Originally designed for hiking in the mountains, it was eventually reinvented for schoolkids and has now made its way onto today's top catwalks.

It's time to add this popular piece to your wardrobe!

1. Vintage Charm

Inspired by their ascent of Mount Rainier, three friends decided it was high time they created a prototype for an all-new backpack. A few years later, this trio behind the JanSport backpack designed a model that met with phenomenal success: the SuperBreak.

A modern style even today, the round-edge bag is continually being reinvented. While JanSport bags come in satiny canvas or feature suede inserts, EastPak delivers with designs marked by their colorful floral patterns. 

Clean lines, a retro aesthetic, leather details—We’re able to recognize the Herschel backpack instantly. Bags by this young company from Vancouver are covered in cool summer colors like coral, orange, baby pink, and chambray.

The North Face offers backpack designs that combine durability, quality, and vintage appeal. This season, steel blue, flame red, and khaki are a few of the colours that delight our eyes. This Californian brand has also created an ultra-structured and robust model called the Explore Fusebox. We love its retro-futuristic look that comes in many formats for men and women.

The Italian company, Invicta, has modernized ’80s aesthetics with its monochrome collection. We love its retro-inspired designs! Coming in an assortment of blues, purples, and blacks, it makes us daydream of taking off on a trip or going on an adventure.

2. Chic Minimalism

For an elegant look, set your sights on a bag with clean lines that’s made of durable materials. Its timeless beauty will add style to all your outfits, season after season.

Made out of imitation leather, the sublime designs by the Montreal brand, Matt & Nat, will work wonderfully with your professional wardrobe. Paired with sneakers and a sporty ensemble, they’ll create a casual-chic look. 

Fashionistas are snapping up styles by the Parisian label See by Chloé. This season, the designer label has delivered round-shaped backpacks with an irresistible urban vibe.

Elegance and an athletic aesthetic come together perfectly at WANT Les Essentiels. Its monochrome collections made out of leather and top-quality recycled nylon will give you a sleek and flawless look. The label, known for its high-end finishes, also offers ultra-practical cosmetic cases for worry-free travelling.

3. Utility Trend

Nylon, straps, and plastic buckles—Backpacks are becoming urban and athletic. Multiple details taken from sports wardrobes combine practicality and character.

Opt for a model that’s two-tone or comes in a solid color and that will work well with your entire wardrobe. The Anello backpack and styles by Simons have interpreted this trend in modern and slightly satiny designs. Inspired by his New York roots, Steve Madden covers his creations with street-inspired typography in contrasting colors. 

Adidas and designer Yohji Yamamoto have teamed up to create the Y-3 adidas collection. You’ll appreciate these technical, practical, and aesthetic bags that, like a bike bag, are ideal for undergoing the rigors of getting around in urban areas.

Finally, WANT Les Essentiels has left nothing to chance in order to simplify your adventures: easy-access pockets, water-proof seams, padded straps… What will your next destination be? 

4. The Yellow Backpack

Yellow is pretty popular this season! The famous backpack made of ultra-resistant cloth by Swedish brand Fjällräven has gotten on board with this trendy golden tone. We love this backpack’s handles, which take their shape from those of tote bags, as well as its sublime minimalist design.

Rains, which stands out for its structured and waterproof silhouette, offers a sunny style… designed for rain. What better way to brighten up your greyest days!

JanSport mixes yellow and black on its mixed media backpack featuring a sturdy bottom half. This model is ultra-practical for when you’re on the go!

5. The Mini Backpack

For summer walks and nights at music festivals, lightweight mini backpacks come to the rescue. There are a variety of charming tiny backpacks available to you if you're set on only bringing along your essentials.

For her, the boho-chic trend has inspired some cute crochet backpacks that you can always wear with sundresses, faded jean shorts, or palazzo pants. Make vacation-ready style your own! For a sportier look, opt for a solid-colour cloth model or one with a logo.

For him, the mini backpack is gaining major ground when worn as a shoulder bag. Pick it up in sturdy canvas for sporty style or in leather for a dressier aesthetic.

Belt bags are making a comeback in both men’s and women’s closets. For urban appeal, wear them across your back or chest.

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