(SPOT.ph) Knapsacks, rucksacks, good ol’ backpacks...whatever you prefer to call them, these trusty keepers are meant for housing your everyday essentials conveniently and in style. Some are even durable enough to take on treks and weekend adventures. We round up some hip backpacks that will make you two-strapping cool.
Kanken Classic in Royal Blue/Ox Red (P4,895) from Fjall Raven
The Swedish brand Kanken Fjall Raven originally designed its now-classic backpacks for school children in the late 1970s. Crafted with durable Vinylon F fabric which is said to repel moisture better than any other synthetic fabric, their backpacks exude no-nonsense casual vibe. Check out their two-toned style.
Googoo x Gouache Rucksack in Midnight (P2,700) from Gouache
Gouache is a local brand known for its waxed-canvas bags, which undergo a handcrafted process to achieve a unique finish and make them repellent to drizzle. Their collaboration with Googoo&Gaga produced printed canvas bags using the latter’s original prints—perfect for those looking for a go-to bag with a fun flair but would still go well with most outfits. This has an aqua blue ripstop lining, genuine leather trimmings, and adjustable cotton straps.
Benedicte in Grey/Black (P2,500) from G.ride
From the G.ride x Makati collection comes this polyester piece with a fine mix of patterns and textiles. Its big front zipper pocket has an organizer, and the trimmings are made of leather.
Beige and Suede Rucksack (P1,850) from Zero Gravity MNL
The color combination and simple silhouette on this bag make it a refined rucksack that’s dressier than usual. It's ideal for when you want a comfortable bag to tote for a not-so-casual appointment. The main material is beige canvas with tan faux suede and beige water-resistant lining. There’s a laptop slot and the bag flap has magnetic closure.
Carter Backpack (P4,490) from Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger
This bag is a reliable choice if you want to keep it sleek and minimal. It has the Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger’s signature structural and form-fitting style, microsuede body and felt lining. It also has a removable internal sleeve that’ll fit a 15” laptop. The winning combo of durability and understated style makes this a perfect workhorse bag.
Jungle Fever Foldable Backpack (P2,695) from Punchdrunk Panda
If there are foldable flats, foldable backpacks shouldn’t be a distant reality. Whether you get this one for its extra feature (it folds into a mini pouch) or its winsome print inspired by the Amazon and African safaris, you end up with a lovely piece made of ripstop fabric and has a water-resistant organizer. Oh, and you support a local brand, too!
Men’s Backpack with All-Over Print (P899) from Penshoppe
For when you need extra cheering up to get you through drab classes and blah days, the eternal summery feels of this budget-friendly backpack might help.
Oversized Badging Backpack (P2,849) from River Island
The solid polyester fabric and the no-frills color balances the playful details—quilt on the front zipper pocket, badge patches and hot pink zipper pulls—for equal parts work and play, business and pleasure, pak and ganern.
Offset Settlement Backpack (P3,990) from Herschel Supply Co.
If you have a go-to striped top (or tops, we know how those striped basics can get addicting to stock up on), this could be the backpack equivalent. The naval stripe pattern is a surprisingly simple but mod and striking feature. Other nifty details: signature striped fabric liner, a 15” laptop sleeve, waterproof zippers with pebbled leather pulls and internal media pocket with headphone port.