Back to School Backpacks for the Cool and Fashionable

Already?! What happened to the Summer? At this point in their tween/teen lives, the look of each and every accessory is vital. Comparisons are automatic. What he/she wears speaks volumes. Every electronic device, sneaker choice and haircut counts. Just try to convince them otherwise. Here are some possibilities for those who do not follow reality TV trends. Just good looking, cool and practical sacks for necessaries.

Damask Backpack and Lunch Bag Set

Teresa/Terry wants to be a lawyer. She’s going to run for president of the student body this year. You’re already thinking about slogans. She makes her bed and sometimes hangs out in the kitchen with you. You’d like to teach her to cook but she doesn’t seem interested. Terry plays classical piano and babysits for pocket money. She’s very stubborn. You wonder who she gets that from. Black, white and fuchsia print. Pack 16.5” x 13” x 6.5” zippered closure, exterior zipper pocket, 2 exterior side mesh pockets, 3 interior open pockets, padded adjustable shoulder straps. Lightweight. Lunch bag has double handles. 9.5” x 7.5” x 5” insulated, lightweight canvas. $49.99

Mad Pax! “Life is too short to wear a bland backpack”

Eric or Wendy might be monster fans, naturalists, futurists or just iconoclasts. They’re creative kids, leaders not followers, completely unselfconscious about standing out, choosy about everything from t-shirts to food. The two are generally untucked and often disorganized. Every now and then one says something extremely insightful. They make you laugh.

Left to Right: Spiketus (8 zonk bright colors) Later Gator (more primal skin-6 subtle colors) and Bubble Packs (8 colors) —Semi-soft 3-D embossing. All in Full Pack: 18” x 14” x 8” (standard size, padded straps), Half Pack: 14” x 12” x 6” (holds ipad), The Nibbler: 12” x 9” x 6” (upgraded lunchbox-insulated; shoulder strap), The Mighty Bite: 6” x 5” x 4” for gadgets or gizmos. Not currently available in all colors. $32.00-$60.00

Belvah Large quilted Polka Dot Backpack

Jennifer is planning to create a fashion blog, as soon as school kicks in and she has her schedule. She knows what celebrities are wearing and which labels are hot. She and her friends tweet about Project Runway. It took months to decide what color to repaint her bedroom. Shoes are always an issue. Available in several color combinations. Features 1 zippered, 2 open interior pockets and 2 side pockets. Front zippered pocket. 12” x 15” x 5.5”. Convertible shoulder strap, fully lined, feet on the bottom. Ribbon accent. Monogrammable. $29.95

What’s cooler than Black?

Left: Patches Medium Sized Dash Pack– Patrick is sporty which delights his dad. He would no more wear a team patch than yell from the bleachers at a game, however. On the conservative side, Patrick likes everything in its proper place. He’s shy and well mannered with adults. Sometimes you worry he’s more comfortable with your friends than his. Good with his hands, he often fixes things for you. Simple national and outdoors patches keep this version looking very understated. For your dear geek, camper, Add thematic patches of your own here and there. Water repellent, ergonomic design. 19” x 11 ½” x 7”. Zippered bottom chamber. Main compartment comes with padded laptop sleeve. Handy loop for clipping on lunch pack. Tough 600d polyester. $45.00

Right: Element Mohave Keane Backpack– Todd is a skateboarder which scares the hell out of you, even while admitting his skill. He took to a bike and blades like a born athlete and has since grown into acrobatics. Your son wears his hat backwards and listens to music you don’t understand. He’s embarrassed if you kiss him in front of his friends. Still, he remembers your birthday and isn’t mean to his sister. Tough 600D polyester. 11” x 20” x 8”. Laptop Pocket 15”. Waist belt, back panel access. 2 side zippered pockets, 1 front zippered pocket, I sunglass pocket. Even holds a skateboard. $54.50

Schoolgirl Tote

Designed for a young lady who leans toward the classic. Emily wears sweater sets and one of her grandmother’s pins. She likes old movies and music with melody. Her marks are good. She thinks Snookie is ridiculous but rather likes Lady Gaga for her imagination and message. Emily likes history and spells well. She used to spend entire afternoons talking to her dolls, but didn’t object when you suggested donating them. Modern “vintage” tote that can be worn as a backpack-with adjustable padded straps) or carried by top handle. 2 Clasps. Exterior front pockets, main compartment with inside zipper pocket. 15” x 11” x 3”. Polyester. Turquoise, red or purple. $64.00

Boys’ Comic Strip Classmates Medium Backpack

Crash! Bam! Comics genre without licensed specifics. Walking around with Superman or Batman is for little kids. Sam probably draws his own. Interested in the process, he prefers films with special effects, reads science and science fantasy and books, and actually notices design. His father wishes he played more ball. Sam knows about cars and rockets. Homework is problematic.Tough 600D polyester with reinforced bottom; water-repellent finish. Reflective trim. Adjustable, ergonomic sternum strap to keep padded shoulder straps in place. Loop for a lunch pack. 18” x 12 1/2” x 6 ½”. $39.00

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<p>Alix Cohen is the recipient of eight New York Press Club Awards for work published on this venue. Her writing history began with poetry, segued into lyrics and took a commercial detour while holding executive positions in product development, merchandising, and design. A cultural sponge, she now turns her diverse personal and professional background to authoring pieces about culture/the arts with particular interest in artists/performers and entrepreneurs. Theater, music, art/design are lifelong areas of study and passion. She is a voting member of Drama Desk and Drama League. Alix’s professional experience in women’s fashion fuels writing in that area. Besides Woman Around Town, the journalist writes for Cabaret Scenes, Broadway World, and Theater Pizzazz. Additional pieces have been published by The New York Post, The National Observer’s Playground Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, Times Square Chronicles, and ifashionnetwork. She lives in Manhattan. Of course.</p>