Top row: Herschel Supply Co. Bottom row: Fjallraven Kanken
"Backpack, Backpack! On the backpack loaded up with things and knickknacks too. Anything that you might need I've got inside for you!" Yes, I just quoted Dora the Explorer (well technically, her talking backpack). Don't worry, I haven't actually watched Dora since I was five, but I can't help singing her annoyingly catchy ode to backpacks as I search for the perfect one for college. It's gotta have a place for things (my laptop) and knickknacks, too (my wallet and student ID), and plenty of space for anything that I might need (water, notebooks, headphones, snacks). But there's one more criterion that Dora forgot: it has to be pretty! And even more so, it should represent my style and personality. I want to give the right impression when I'm meeting new classmates, and the cute prints from Herschel Supply Co. and sorbet hues from Fjallraven Kanken are sure to do just that. Plus, each 'pack has a built-in laptop sleeve. My initials may be LL, but a bland L.L. Bean is so not my style.
UPDATE: I decided on the Kanken in frost green! I bought it at Fjallraven's cool new SoHo store. It was the last one in stock!