It’s not just solo explorer trips that require a backpack to make your journey seamless (a huge part of it, at least). Whether it’s a luxury trip, business travel, or walking through the woods of Masai Mara, a backpack is one trusted companion. And even better when it doubles up as a chic accessory. So here we round-up the five cool homegrown backpack labels to carry when you set out on a journey next.
Their bags are handcrafted by third and fourth generation craftsmen, are eco-friendly, and customisable – name embosses on leather, extra pockets, a bigger size, secret compartments, the works. If that’s not enough reason to get your hands on one, The Burlap People were also one of the initial few to make local materials (burlap comes from the jute family) de rigueur. Good for the planet, good for indigenous crafts community, and good for your next travel, a TBP bag is one to add to your luggage collection.
Handcrafted, progressive, nostalgic – is how Cord defines itself. Clean designs which are timeless is what you’ll find here. Classic colours and prints structured in a way to further comfort, function, and form. Woven fabric, canvas, and leather form the base for their backpacks, which are easy-use and can also be your daily carry-on, not just travels.
If no leather is a policy you follow, you should check out Aulive. Strictly vegan leather, their bags have subtle play elements on classic backpack designs. Deep green, tan, black – the imitation leather is minimalistic and high-toned. For those who are committed to cruelty-free fashion that’s also chic, this one’s a winner.
Indian sensibilities come together with contemporary design, craft, and materials to create Nappa Dori backpacks. Harking back to the era when glamour was an essential element of travel, the bags are sleek and sophisticated. You’ll find these in various colours – pink, green, black – you name it, and across different materials such as metal, ikat, genuine harness, and cotton canvas. Leather embellishments adorn the backpacks, lending a chic touch even to boho-esque styles.
Dapper is the word that best describes Grain’s backpacks. Each of their products is crafted by hand and employs quality leather. Quintessential designs amped up with contemporary twists, such as an elongated strap or metal embellishments is what you’ll find on these pieces. You’ll have choices from traditional leather colours, and backpacks that double up as statement pieces.
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