Backpacks for men are back in the trendy marketplace
A series of new and trendy backpacks for men are making their way to international markets. No wonder, back and shoulder aching are the propelling factors that this kind of mean of transportation is making a strong inroad. What was initially a tool for school kids carrying heavy books is now finding its way into the men’s world, because these are loaded with many documents and heavy IT gadgets
According to a in-depth report by Wall Street Journal, backpacks seem to be well back. They have been all over the menswear runways at Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Gucci and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Also others seem to follow the pack such as Eastpak with a collection by Belgian designer Ralf Simons. These are made of silky material. Also Filson is offering a new twill and leather version, but they are not easy to zip up and have a tendency to scratch hands while adjusting back straps.
Suddenly it seems there is a broad choice, Herschel Supply Co., a Vancouver based bag company founded in 2009 is offering you backpacks. The ubiquity of that brand on well dressed men is taking away the Peter Pan complex. Most men get over it, eventually with a Jansport Thunderclap filling the purpose of a traditional briefcase.
Lucas Ossendrijver, the menswear designer at Lanvin, carries a backpack every day, and he states: “It gives you a sense of action and a kind of urgency that you are going somewhere. He showed a series of one strap backpacks to counter the tailored clothing with something a lot less serious. There is a Lanvin calfskin leather bag being versatile and roomy, however the single strap isn’t adjustable, thus Ossendrijver will introduce a two strap bag to eliminate to inch up the body and to choke the wearer.
Also designer Alexander Wang showed backpacks because of a personal preference: He has carried a backpack since he was in high school, and he really likes the functionality. However, for others the thick leather straps and flab closures make it a sort of heavy, and the woolly fleece body made the back hot. When full, it looks bulky like you would carry an extra person on your back. Preference is probably given to Yves Saint Laurent’s Classic Hunter backpack, perfect size and no obvious brand marking. It is subtle and refined and it lets you forget that it was a backpack.