Nasir Mazhar cord detail mesh duffel in black/orange/aqua with Christopher Kane pinstripe tee in white Outdoor Products outdoor backpack in white multi and Proenza Schouler baggy tee in blue planet Steve Mono Paul mix backpack in green/black and Kenzo v-neck faux fur jacket in yellow MVIO camouflage backpack in ash and Carven heavy knit sweater in blue/brown with Simone Rocha feathered mohair detail collar in white/black Jeremy Scott fur repeat backpack in fur repeat and Peace, Love, and Understanding strawberry shortcake sweatshirt in ivory Nasir Mazhar pony bead & faux fur mini backpack in multi Nasir Mazhar OC-exclusive drawstring backpack in black/brown Lucio Castro wool backpack in olive Outdoor Products outdoor backpack in pink multi Christopher Shannon OC-Exclusive drawstring bag in pale grey/white Fleet Ilya one pocket backpack in black Haerfest c5 Capsule Backpack in ecru/chestnut Peters Mountain Works Ohayo Inferno Backpack in bright orange Hixsept June backpack in denim blue Mark McNairy New Amsterdam daisy camo day pack in desert

Put Your Back into It: Road Testing Fall Backpacks

BY Alice Newell-Hanson | Wed. October 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM | OC
Hanging around Howard Street (OCNY's home turf) sometimes feels like a safari. It's hard to make it to The Smile for lunch without scoping out a cute dog, guy, or, lately, backpack. And as it happens, our fall collections are full of some of the best backpacks around. I bullied our intern Jess into road testing some favorites around Chinatown. First up: a Nasir Mazhar drawstring pack that is just one among many insane pieces from his fall collection (faux fur, netting, beads—I can't).

For something a bit more traditional, check out Outdoor Products. The Cali line has been making Cordura backpacks since 1973 but was recently taken over by a new Japaense team. Check out the cute mismatched straps at the back! Our other picks: handmade Spanish leather by Steve Mono, camo from Korean brand MVIO, and a Jeremy Scott bag that I basically have no words for.

Shop all backpacks here.