Now that the summer is long gone, leaves start to fall and stores are stocked with the new collections, the time has come to organize your closet for Fall/Winter. Just like scarves, hats and jewelry, bags are an important fashion item — no matter the outfit. They are easy to observe at glance, complete your look and can say a lot about a personality. Not only did we pay attention to the looks and the design of the bags when selecting our Top 5 Bags for Fall/Winter 2013, the materials, durability and user-friendliness played a big role as well.
Sandqvist: Edmund Cordura Backpack
Price: $329 | Buy It
With a design philosophy that embraces simplicity and function, Swedish bag and accessory brand Sandqvist designs new products inspired by daily needs and their own idea of style. The multicolour Edmund Backpack, also available in black, was inspired by Sir Edmund Hillay, the first climber ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953, together with the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzig Norgay.
The bag is made of very durable 1000 denier Cordura with details in tooling leather. It features wide and ergonomic shoulder straps and a removable waist strap, which makes this backpack comfortable also when loaded with some more weight. There are plenty of pockets to organize your luggage; two outer bellow pockets on the sides, one outer lid pocket and a vertical zip pocket on the front, as well as a padded laptop compartment inside for up to 17″ laptop.
Booq: Boa Brief
Price: $149.95 | Buy It
With its timeless and durable items, Booq provides the highest lebel of product performance and service to the most demanding laptop bag customers for many years to come. The Boa Brief is one of the latest and most impressive additions to their collection. The bag looks simple and clean; no aspect draws attention – yet a closer look to the bag reveals it is made of high quality, strong materials, leather trims, premium zipper and durable metal hardware.
The highly-protective, water-repellent and light-weight bag is the perfect travel companion (it even features a trolley trap), both for professional and academic use. It features a removable shoulder strap and pad, a padded laptop compartment, a spacious main compartment that offers enough room for books or documents, while smaller pockets are built to carry electronics, such as an iPad, and small accessories.
Price: $140 | Buy It
The DSPTCH Slingpack is a lightweight bag designed to carry just the necessities for a daily excursion. Ideal for those that want something minimalistic yet highly functional for their travelling needs, the bag can be used as your daily carry or packed in your luggage for use once you’ve arrived at your destination. Features include a padded slim laptop/tablet sleeve that fits up to a 13” slim laptop, elastic organizers and a hidden security pocket that allows you to hide valuables while in crowded areas. The bag is constructed with ballistic nylon, duraflex hardware and mil spec webbing and is made entirely in the USA.
HEX: Gallery Laptop Tote
Price: $79.99 | Web: Buy It
The Gallery Laptop Tote is part of the 13 piece Fall 2013 Gallery Collection and is the follow-up to HEX’s legendary Laptop Tote, a style that is included in most of their collections and has remained one of our favourites. As always, the bag is blessed with both form and function, but now constructed of different materials and colours.
For this collection, HEX perfectly processed two of the most important fashion elements of this season, the colour black and coated fabrics, into the Gallery Laptop Tote, which give the bag a stylish look. Just like the rest of the line, the bag is designed in a custom, water resistant, black HI/LO woven blend with a complementing rich-navy interior. The bag features a padded storage compartment for a “15 laptop, a general storage for books, documents or electronics, as well as an organizer for cards and pens.
Price: $230 | Buy It
The Daypack, made of cotton canvas, is the smaller version (size 42x29x23 cm) of the classic Qwstion Backpack, but with adapted features. The handles can be attached either horizontally or vertically and the straps can be stowed when not in use. As always, the bag comes with the brand’s signature buckles and seatbelt straps. On top of that it provides a 15-inch laptop compartment and user friendly features, such as a two-way zip system with twistlock, a quick access inside pocket and padded back panel. It is clear that this water-resistant bag for the day keeps packing problems away. The multifunctional Daypack is available in four colours; washed black, washed grey, oyster grey and hunting green. Qwstion did a great job by offering a smaller alternative for the Backpack. No wonder the Swiss company is nominated for the Design Price Switzerland 2013/2014 and German Design Award.