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Alite + Boreas Commuter Backpack
The strongest collaborations draw from the strengths of each involved party—and the new roll-top pack from Alite and Boreas is a shining example. Both San Francisco-based companies know the value of a sturdy yet stylish, multipurpose pack. Alite...
STYLE
The Patchwork Backpack by Sketchbook
Sketchbook Crafts' range of backpacks, totes and wallets are all handmade with care by Amber Jensen and the materials used are sourced locally or American-made when possible—and while all the homegrown qualities are appealing, they don't overshadow...
DESIGN
Makers Mondays: On The Road
For Detroit-based manufacturer Shinola's Makers Monday initiative—which encourages purchasing American-made products to help create and keep jobs in the United States—Cool Hunting is highlighting and looking back on our favorite brands that make...
DESIGN
Rugged Accessories and Bags by Mercy Supply
The old adage "They don't make them like they used to" insinuates that modern products don't stand up to the test of time like those of yesteryear. While this might be true for many manufactured items of the day, Michigan's Mercy Supply is the opposite...
STYLE
State of Folly Three-Way Bag
Carrying a clutch looks great, but once you need to use both your hands—whether for holding snacks, riding a bike or throwing shapes on the dance floor—the accessory can be a hinderance. Enter the State of Folly three-way bag, which transforms...
TRAVEL
Côte&Ciel's Isar Rucksack
Once thought to be suitable just for kids and hikers, the backpack is now a respectable option for travel or everyday use—that is, if you've got the right one. Go too technical and you'll end looking like an ill-equipped mountaineer; too bright...
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r180° Panorama Camera Backpack
Great design solves problems. For wandering photographers—whether hiking in the mountains or exploring a new city on foot—the on-again-off-again issue of accessing camera gear from backpacks always lingers. California-based Mindshift Gear caught...
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Aimé Leon Dore + Frank Clegg Travel Pack
July has been a solid month for NYC-based menswear label Aimé Leon Dore. Early on, the brand released their sophomore collection to great admiration, and just this past week they followed up with a two-part collaboration bag collection with American...
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Purpose-Built Bags From Bravo Co.
It seems a bag company crops almost weekly, and though each label might bring something new to the table, highly considered design elements tailored for specific uses are rare. For the greater skate community, function and value weigh equally, which...
TECH
STM's Drifter Laptop Backpack
Unsatisfied with the limited options for laptop bags, Ethan Nyholm ended up wrapping his computer in bubble wrap and tucking it into a sports backpack for his daily commute through the scenic Bondi area of Sydney, Australia. Later, he co-founded...
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YKRA Backpacks
by Anya Lawrence With Central Europe's creative scene rapidly evolving, Budapest-based backpack maker YKRA is one of the most exciting emerging Hungarian brands out there. Set up by creative all-rounder Balázs Lakatos in 2012, the brand's colorful...
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Five Beach Day Essentials
The beauty of the beach is that you don't need much to have great time. Simply relaxing on the sand near a body of water is often pleasure enough. Still, a few well-chosen items will make your time in the sun more fun and comfortable. From keeping...
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Share Outdoor Equipment with GearCommons
GearCommons is a simple—nonetheless long-overdue—concept for outdoor enthusiasts: a peer-to-peer network in which people who own gear can connect with people who need it, and can circulate their specialized and oftentimes expensive equipment for...
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A Permanent Vacation + Valentich Backpacks
Launched this week, the e-commerce site A Permanent Vacation introduced their debut product—a sleek, backpack collaboration with Valentich Bags (now going by the name Campfire) of Ridgeway, Colorado. Made by hand in the States, the rectangular canvas...
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Freitag R521 Coolidge
Durability, function, style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive as Zurich-based bag-maker Freitag continues to prove. The brand's latest offering, the R521 Coolidge, is a continuation of that tradition; this rugged commuting and travel...
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Nanamica Cycling Pack
When it comes to backpacks, often basic is best. And, in the case of the Nanamica Cycling Pack, neither bells nor whistles were needed to enhance the bag's intelligently refined form. While the pack greatly resembles an earlier iteration introduced...
STYLE
Winter Session
Deep in the heart of Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood, a group of five artisans and designers are reviving the Western tradition of leather-crafted, rugged goods with Winter Session. Once dubbed the "Harlem of the west," over the years...
TRAVEL
D'emploi Roll-Top Backpack
When companies sell on the "handmade" platform, few customers imagine the mindless assembly line that is quite often the reality. However, Brooklyn's one-man workshop d'emploi is the real deal. Designer and craftsman Kyle Mosholder makes each piece...
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Timbuk2 + Mission Cycling Especial Raider Backpack
A longstanding staple in the San Francisco cycling scene, Timbuk2 has provided messengers and commuters with performance-driven bags since 1989. Capturing the attention of a similar audience of cycling enthusiasts, Mission Cycling Club was founded...
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Chrome Cardiel ORP by T19
When Chrome introduced the the Cardiel bag collection—designed by skateboarding legend, and now fixed-gear savant John Cardiel—early this past winter CH took notice. And so did everyone else. Now that the buzz has quieted, Chrome collaborated...
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CiloGear Packs
Sharp-eyed mountain enthusiasts, take note: The next time that you see an advertisement for high-end alpine equipment, the depicted athlete may very well be sporting a backpack made by CiloGear. On a recent visit to the backpack-maker's office...
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Baggu Knapsack
In the many years since Baggu first introduced their eponymous reusable shopping bag, the Brooklynites have continued to iterate and introduce a range of like-minded, simplified bags fit for everything from carrying groceries and laundry to laptops...
DESIGN
Eyes On The Horizon by MCM and Craig & Karl
Comprised of the combined talents of Craig Redman and Karl Maier, transatlantic illustration and design duo Craig & Karl has collaborated with South Korean luxury leather goods brand MCM (Mode Creation Munich) to create a limited edition spring...
TRAVEL
Alite Designs' Bike to the Beach Bag
Designed to make the transition from weekday workhorse to beach-going carry-all, Alite Designs' aptly named Bike to the Beach Bag can be worn as either a backpack or carried as a heavy duty tote. Building off the original design—created in collaboration...
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