Interview: Dana Gleason of Mystery Ranch

"When what you do actually matters for a large group of people you respect, it's so addictive."

Dana Gleason, the designer behind self-titled backpack label Dana Design—a brand that ruled the outdoor pack market during the ’90s—has always found solid ground in individuality. Mystery Ranch, founded in 2000, is his second label alongside long-time business partner Renee Sippel-Baker. Though the brand was founded nearly two decades ago, its more recently-acquired popularity in the mainstream market seemed to unfurl quite suddenly. Mystery Ranch began …

Lee Backpack

Made form buttery leather this cinch backpack is more than one bag—it’s reversible. Depending on your look for the day, it can be worn on either the black or mauve side. Better yet, it’s part of State’s #GiveBackPack program, which means for every bag sold, the ream at State hand-delivers another backpack full of pencils, notebooks, socks—you name it—to an American child in need.

Luzon Daypack

Cotopaxi’s highly functional Luzon daypack might be forward-thinking and functional in its design, but the retro colorways counter with playfulness. Each Luzon Del Día is made in the Philippines by a Cotopaxi employee who personally picks the bright and bold colors every time—which means no two bags are the same. Crafted from durable repurposed ripstop nylon, the packs will surely add some extra positive vibes …