smitten — backpack roundup

a couple weeks ago, i was over on the avery street design blog reading a feature on an instagrammer @mandyandsuch. first and foremost, this girl has quite the lovely feed, but one item that repetitively caught my eye was her madewell transport rucksack. the boy just shakes his head when i say i need another bag…but i’m being as serious as a heart attack, come on! i NEED this bag…or at least one like it. and besides, who doesn’t need a rucksack…everyone needs a rucksack…plus, i would sound adorable saying, “hey, could you hand me my rucksack?” (especially if i had an english accent…)

commuting to work daily takes its toll on my bags. i over stuff them, pile in magazines, iPad, work papers, toy dinosaurs and batman figurines…you name it, i probably have it tucked away. after searching through the internets, i think i’ve rounded up the best of the bunch, and thought i’d share them with you because y’all are so special. i’m still pretty smitten with the madewell bag though…you can even personalize it with your initials. so, which one would you chose?

everything has been sourced at the bottom in case you want to take a closer look. enjoy!

Pratesi Montalbano and J.W. Hulme Co back packsmismo and etsy backpacksvanport outfitters and 3.1 philip lim pashlifilson and need supply co backpacksfrye tracy backpack and madewell rucksackmulberry cara backpack contest signup


pratesi — montalbano italian leather backpack
j.w. hulme co. — continental backpack
mismo — m/s/backpack
leftover studio — roll top backpack
the row — convertible hobo backpack — oooooh, shiny!
matt & nat — the brave pack
vanport outfitters — asa lovejoy rucksack
3.1 phillip lim — pashli backpack — i had this purse and the strap broke, so this one is up in the air…pretty but i’m not sure it can handle me…the clasp also takes some getting use to
filson — tin cloth backpack — the boy is a duck hunter, so maybe he’d applaud me buying a bag from filson?
need supply co. — rockland backpack
frye — tracy backpack
madewell — the transport rucksack
mulberry — the cara backback signup to win your very own here


  1. laura irion June 19, 2014

    thanks for the shout out kyla! i am so slow to adapt…the resurgence of the backpack has been hard for me (leave me alone 90’s!) *however* that madewell backpack sold me. i love it!

  2. mandy June 19, 2014

    So sweet of you to mention me in your post! Love your blog and this is such a f ab round-up. . . hope you can get yourself a backpack/rucksack real soon. Love that Alexander Wang one and hope to snatch it up on sale one of these days. xo

  3. kyla June 20, 2014

    awe, thank you guys for stopping by…and mandy, i really have to thank laura for introducing me to you…and that bag…gaw! it’s on backorder, but i did order it up yesterday! YEAH! july 7th it ships out and i can’t wait for the ups man to bring it to my house!

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  5. Karen Mackle July 15, 2014

    Hey very nice blog!

    • kyla July 15, 2014

      thanks karen! glad you stopped by!

  6. cappuccino July 17, 2014

    Hi there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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