IN THE BAG
The humble knapsack hasn’t had this kind of fashion moment since 10 Things I Hate About You’s Bianca professed her love for her Prada backpack all the way back in 1999 – good news for students who want to mix style and function.
1 Toronto designer Hayley Elsaesser’s eye-popping prints have earned her fans from Queen West to Hollywood (Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus dig her). Faux-leather backpack, $88, available at Hayley Elsaesser, 695 Queen West, hayleyelsaesser.com.
2 Carry your essentials while showing everyone that you’re in mourning for summer vacation with this spacious palm-print number. The leather accents are stylish, but the magnetic closures, padding and hidden zippered pockets are plenty practical. Herschel Dawson backpack, $69.99, available at Te Koop, 421 Queen West, te-koop.ca.
3 Is the three-sides-and-a-domed-top look a little too Grade 5 for your liking? Pick up something with a boundarypushing shape, like this Adidas number that’s packed with functional details (including side-carry straps and a waterproof pocket). Originals Day Backpack, $125, available at Adidas, 389 Queen West, adidas.ca
4 With plenty of pockets and a 15-inch laptop compartment, this MEC pack mixes rugged practicality with a seamless look. Bonus for the disaster-prone: MEC has a solid warranty program in place for its house products. Intercity Daypack, $85, available at MEC, 400 King West, mec.ca.
5 We can safely assume most students won’t be reaching for a $500-plus buffalo leather bag, but Toronto designer Sonya Lee’s version is the rare rucksack that will go smoothly from classroom to office post-graduation. Think of it as an investment in your future! Sonya Lee Basen backpack, $570, available at Zane, 753 Queen West, sonyalee.co.