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Backpacks For All

The term “backpack” has its origin in U.S. dating back to 1910, but you might remember using one in college, high school or before. But today, backpacks are a go to staple for so many men.  Whether you’re headed to the work, gym, a day out and about, on the open road or weekend away, a backpack comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials and functions. Which bag fits your needs and personality?

J. Press York Street

Trimmed with leather and antiqued brass buckles closures, this durable and stylish bag is made of washed cotton canvas.  It features a very useful interior pocket with the same antiqued brass buckle closure.  Pops of color, from bags to ball caps, Finally, Spring is here!

Herschel Supply Co.

First generation scouting bags were the design inspiration for the Survey backpack.  The modern interpretation of this “rucksack” remains true to its heritage roots, yet still embracing today’s functional needs. With two padded straps, this bag can fit far more than one would imagine.  It is fully lined with their signature coated cotton-poly fabric, and an inside sleeve pocket and magnetic closures.


The Thompson Leather Sling Pack is inspired by the well traveled street in SoHo.  Minimalist and modern, this one-shoulder sling style is created to be lightweight, sporty and compact. It is the perfect size for your wallet, mobile device, and/or iPad Mini.  This might be ‘the’ bag for the guy on the go !

Graf & Lantz

The combination of east and west and ancient and modern are the basis and influences for their collection.  When asked about their new backpack, designer Holger Graef answered:

“In regards to inspiration and design concept, it’s rather simple, light and bright.  Naturally we wanted to do a backpack in felt.  When we looked at the market we noted that although there are some out there in felt, for the most part they are in dark earth tones and consequently they have a kind heavy look. We decided that the novelty of our design should rest on the materials and in the colors so we kept the design and silhouette very basic and very familiar. In other words, we wanted people to think they knew what they we looking at regarding the shape then let the difference of the colors, texture and lightness surprise them.”


An excellent backpack that stands up to the highest demands for back protectors and gives all the benefits of a versatile backpack. The aerodynamic dome gives extra water protection, and helps airflow,
and was specifically developed with motorcycle riders in mind.

Tom Handley
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