I was totally inspired by Lane's recent diaper bag article. I took it as a sign that it was time to upgrade (or really, add) a diaper bag to my growing collection.
"THANKS, LANE" says my husband sarcastically.
Being firmly in the not-a-diaper-bag-as-diaper-bag camp, I already have my fair share of big bags. Thus, I wanted something a little bit different. And since backpacks are slowly but surely making a comeback…I was curious: could I find a backpack that was cool enough such that I'd actually want to carry it around? Something with street cred…yet functional enough to actually function as a diaper bag?
Happily, yes. Meet Makr Carry Goods, based in Brooklyn, NY. All of their items are handcrafted in the USA in small batches. And their Canvas Farm Ruck Sack (pictured in cream, above) is my current fav.
I love the clean design, rustic sensibility, and the way that both the canvas and leather soften up quickly with just a bit of wear.
But cream? Really? I called the company to see how I could wash this bag. Jason called back. While the canvas and leather would wash just fine, he was a bit concerned that the metal might bleed in the wash. He, being a practical guy, suggested that I exchange it for the brown or black. (Oddly enough, that was my husband's suggestion as well). But I LOVE the cream. And M agreed – the cream rocked. So I'm going to make a go of it. Hopefully this story will have a better ending than my cream cotton couch.
These bags feature a couple of inside pockets, and two long outside pockets on each side. They retail at Makr Carry Goods for $160.
I've also been loving the Filson Rucksack at Need Supply(pictured at left), but at $260, it was a bit more than I was willing to pay for yet another not-a-diaper-bag-bag. Still. If you are trying to find a truly unisex bag, this would be a very cool choice, no matter who ends up carrying it.
Lastly, I've been intrigued for quite some time with the KanKen bags from Fjallraven, pictured at right (yes, cream again) and established in 1978. These bags look rather school-kidish…but in a really cool way. And they come in several colors. There was just something about these backpacks that drew me to them, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it…until I saw one of my very favorite fashion bloggers rocking it:
Readers, meet crazy-adorable Annabel of Blushing Ambition. She's been wearing this pack with virtually everything, including the skinny jeans and stripes (left) and a cute dress and cardigan, pictured at right.
Feeling the backpack love yet? I'm all in.