In the last few years, I’ve come to realize that I leave the house armed with one of four types of bags: backpacks, small top-handled bags, clutches, or a tiny wallet (stuck in my jacket pocket). And….that’s it. Cross-body bags? I may have sworn by them during the kids-in-diapers phase but I think those years ruined them forever. Shoulder bags or totes? Ugh, no. Bags that big invariably get filled, and then are too heavy to carry on one shoulder – my posture is bad enough, thankyouverymuch.
Clutches are good only for date night, and the small, top-handled bags are great for when I don’t need much besides my wallet and glasses…so my bag workhorse these past few years has always been….a backpack. Specifically, my Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack. It dawned on me, the other day, that I purchased my first Julian backpack in 2015. So it’s been going strong for at least three years. That’s pretty good! And while I don’t need another backpack – in fact, the fringe just came back in the most gorgeous tan – I’ve been keeping an eye on Ms. Minkoff to see what’s she’s been up to. She’s re-issued Julians in different colors, fabrics, sizes, added studded detail, etc. – and they’re all good! (Bloomies has a good selection, too.) This backpack is a TME and reader favorite for a reason. But the other backpack styles that Minkoff has come out with in the last few years haven’t…quite…lived…up…to the Julian.
Until now. The Rebecca Minkoff Blythe leather backpack is basically an updated version of the Julian. The closure is easy – wearing it as a backpack keeps it closed – and it’s been updated with an easy-access zippered pocket located in the side of the bag. I can rummage around in there without taking off the backpack. The studs are subtle and more of a rose-gold color, and the leather is buttery-soft and luxurious. Best of all? The backpack hangs perfectly and comfortably – just like the Julian – and actually manages to get a little more airflow between yourself and the backpack, making it perfect for summer.
Dress: Leith Ruched Body-Con Tank Dress– XS
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Blythe Leather backpack in Desert Tan
Sunglasses: Elizabeth and James Rae Sunglasses
Necklace: from Philly boutique Moon + Arrow
I’m bringing this backpack with me to Berlin this summer….and am super excited to wear it this Fall with these red boots, I mean, c’mon. SWOON.