A real man knows he should be carrying the necessary precautions for every, and all, eventualities – phone charger, emergency tie, spare pants – as well as the standard phone, keys and wallet. So it‘s no surprise that in the past 10 years the ‘man bag’ has been sported proudly on every fashion forward man.
Usually taking the form of a satchel, men’s bags have been holding high priority on the high street, but times are a’changin’, and we would like to introduce you to the best of the new wave of man bags: the backpack.
Gone are the backpacks of your schooldays (despite the image of the one shouldered silver GAP number I sported throughout the best part of primary school still being seared in my mind). Backpacks are cool again, and now every fashionable man can store his emergency smalls in one and get some style kudos at the same time. So without further ado, here are HOWL’s picks of the best backpacks on the market.
A.P.C Two-Tone Backpack (www.mrporter.com) £60
This stylish modern Nylon take on the classic two compartment backpack, with adjustable industrial looking straps and metal buckles, from French label A.P.C. Perfect for the commute or a variety of urban adventures.
ASOS Aztec Patch Backpack (www.asos.com) £30
Building on one of the biggest trends in men’s fashion this year, this Aztec print patch backpack from ASOS features two front pockets, large main compartment with buckle closing and will keep you looking on trend this summer.
Eastpak x Kris Van Assche Backpack (www.butterystore.com) £129
Backpack connoisseurs Eastpak have teamed up with Belgian menswear designer Kris Van Assche to create this brilliant lightweight backpack. Made with thick canvas contrasted with a rubber coated base, this bag features an internal iPad sleeve and detachable pouches.
Jansport Superbreak Backpack with Zebra Print (www.asos.com) £40
This colourful zebra print twist on the classic Jansport backpack is great for summer, with a large central compartment, smaller front zipper compartment and padded shoulder straps. As standard, this bag comes with Jansport’s mindboggling 30 year guarantee.
Lyle and Scott Vintage Camo Backpack (www.lyleandscott.com) £70
Inspired by military equipment of the early 20th century, this Lyle and Scott camo backpack sports their distinctive ‘raindrop’ camouflage and features adjustable shoulder straps, tie and buckle fastenings on the main compartment and two front pockets.