Backpacks: The Shape of Things to Come

Today's fashion backpacks are for adults on the go, whether you are a daily public transport commuter, a student cycling to campus, or a business person flying off to a business meeting. The assortment available for Spring/Summer 2013 is quite extensive, with fresh shapes pushing aside the basic silhouette which has been around for so many years.

Designers have integrated backpack shoulder straps into many handbag styles, making them even more versatile. Duffels and totes too are no longer limited to being transported strictly by hand. Brands like Tumi and Thule offer options specific to laptops and tablet computers, assuring the right amount of padding in those specific compartments with their backpacks.

So throw that old backpack into the closet and have a look at some of this season's offering of centemporary backpacks designed for adults of all ages.

Top Row (l. to r.): French Connection Forest tan canvas duffel backpack with drawstring (£95 House of Fraser), Eastpak Harlow black heart embossed faux-leather handbag backpack with 2 external pockets ($56 Macys), Tignanello honey leather flap-top handbag backpack with 2 external media pockets ($145 Macys), Vans Goleta tan canvas backpack with suede leather flap ($126 Nordstrom), American Rag  Harlow black faux leather handbag backpack ($56 Macys),  Nike Cheyenne Vapor blue nylon running backpack with entendable rain cover inside top pocket, media pocket (£50 John Lewis)

Middle Row (l. to r.): Tumi Centro Murano navy leather crossbody sling commuter backpack with inside tablet pocket ($295 Nordstrom), Tignanello A-lister fuschia leather, zip top handbag backpack ($145 Macys), Thule crossover MacBook Pro sling backpack ($99.95 Nordstrom), Herschel Supply Co. Survey blue washed twill backpack ($80 Nordstrom), Fossil Estate black waved canvas with leather trim sling backpack ($128 Nordstrom), Diesel Litro camouflage nylon shopper tote backpack with expandable front pocket (£75 Nordstrom)


Bottom Row (l. to r.): Fossil Estate Cavalry tan twill backpack with brown leather trim ($178 Macys), Chloe Mare cotton/terrycloth beachbag backpack with drawstring (€245 Stylebop), Vans Fortnight grey nylon backpack with water-resistant tarpaulin rollt-top, mobile phone pocket on one strap and bike light clip ($90 Nordstrom), Ben Sherman army green nylon/cream piping backpack with 2 outside pockets (£70 John Lewis), Thule seafoam water-resistant nylon crossover MacBook Pro backpack ($99.95 Nordstrom), Hexagona Spirit tan leather bowling bag-shaped urban backpack (£69.99 Spartoo)

View the complete selection of fashion backpacks at the following retailers:




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