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.
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