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The Grown Up Backpack in Tokyo

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The Grown Up Backpack in Tokyo

Wearing: Leather BackpackLoxley England | Jeans – G Star Raw | Shoes – Senso | Cardigan & Scarf – Acne Studios

If you could for a moment, picture yours truly as a be-backpack-ed school girl, with pony tail tied tight and knee high socks pulled high. Back then, as much as ever out of step with trends, my backpack was K mart when others’ were Ripcurl; when others had them hanging almost to the floor, I had mine both straps firm on the shoulders in the most un-cool of ways. Though my refusal to conform to backpack etiquette earned me various clever turtle related nicknames, the minimalist (and renegade) in me will always maintain that style must be balanced with functionality.

Thankfully, I’ve graduated from the responsibility of carrying 5 kilograms of text books, but here on my travels in the Tokyo concrete jungle, my grown up backpack by Loxley England has been a faithful companion, it’s small scale size just right for my laptop and daily survival pack, and the streamlined form and design speaks authentically to that luxe minimalism aesthetic.

How to wear the grown up backpack? It’s all about setting the tone for work or play. Dress it off duty with knits and denim – wear it over one shoulder or both, or tote it by the top handle – then transform it for the office with sharp tailored pairings.

Shop Loxley England luxe leather bags on their website, and follow them on Instagram.

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  • Claudia
    3 December 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Love the outfit, specially the shoes and the bagpack!

  • Malu
    3 December 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I am obsessing over your backpack! It is very minimal, which makes it even better. I have been using backpacks in place of purses for quite some time now, and I think they are so convenient and is a cool way to accessorize. Your overall look is great for fall and I love that you added cool leather gloves into the mix. Also, your shoes with the zipper detail are amazing. Great outfit!

    • Jiawa Liu
      9 December 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Yes, love everything minimal! I agree with you – they are so good for when you want to be hands free.

  • Lau
    4 December 2015 at 12:51 am

    As always great photos! and the backpack is beautiful! Love the minimalist lines 🙂
    I’m always a backback fan!


    • Jiawa Liu
      9 December 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, I love simple clean lines.

  • ColourClub
    5 December 2015 at 1:06 am

    Love this outfit! Specially the shoes, the bagpack and the cardigan!
    Love from Vienna

    Borislava from

    • Jiawa Liu
      9 December 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much! Those shoes are amazing!

  • Maria Marques
    5 December 2015 at 11:54 pm

    You never look bad, it’s amazing! And I love that cardigan and scarf!

    Love, Marie Roget

    • Jiawa Liu
      9 December 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Aw you’re so sweet, but that’s so not true! They are both Acne so maybe that’s why you like them ;D

  • Kiara King
    7 December 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, I was so a Billabong backpack girl, though, we were only allowed the very unstylish maroon school backpacks in high school, emblem and all. Thank goodness I grew out of the surf wear stage though, as I now adore my black, leather backpacks that are far more stylish than almost all my bags. They have this too-cool kind of vibe nowadays that are hard to resist.

    I adore your Tokyo styling babe!

    Kiara <3 //

    • Jiawa Liu
      9 December 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Oh I remember the maroon backpacks. I can’t believe how back in the day we thought surf brands were the shit!

  • Marina
    10 December 2015 at 3:53 am

    That backpack is everything! I’ve been searching for just that style for a while now. Keep it up.

    • Jiawa Liu
      10 December 2015 at 3:27 pm

      I know! Sometimes you just want something simple and clean, right?

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