Dora the Explorer sings about her trusty backpack that is “loaded up with things and knickknacks, too,” and anything one might need “I got inside for you.”
Perky cartoon adventurers aside, students heading back to school for the start of the new term can relate. Beyond its practical uses, a backpack is an expression of style, for students or anyone who wishes to haul their necessities around hands-free. Designers across the spectrum offer several choices for fall. MCM, Tumi and Vera Bradley explore their arty sides with plenty of graphics; Nike and Patagonia inject style into their more functional carriers with colorblocking, and brands including Herschel Supply Co. and Union Bay use stripes as a design detail. Converse fortifies its backpack with water-repellent rubber and waterproof Neoprene in a bright yellow version.