Ignoble

Minimalist black backpacks designed and made in LA

Solid construction, clean lines and a no-frills approach to design drive LA-based bag brand, Ignoble. Centered on the assertion that the black backpack represents the true “essential carryall for the modern man,” Ignoble makes their own with a focus on thoughtful design, style and personality. The current collection comprises five distinct versions, ranging from an oversized canister pack to a center-zip cocoon silhouette. We got …

Sling Bag

Topo Designs' clean one-strap backpack for comfier commuting

Topo Designs‘ newest addition to their line of heritage-inspired bags, the sling bag, has a slim profile designed for ease of use during daily commutes. The single shoulder strap handily slips on and off when you need it, while a small stabilizer strap keeps the bag stable while wearing it messenger-style. Functionally speaking, leather lash tabs and seatbelt webbing pull tabs on the back are …

Sketchbook Bags

Utilitarian backpacks handmade by a Minneapolis-based artist

After working on a “bucolic sheep farm” in rural New Zealand, artist Amber Johnson returned to Minneapolis—where she received a BFA in drawing from the College of Art and Design—and began experimenting with wool in her parents’ basement. Her seemingly innate talent for hand crafting utilitarian bags took shape, and today the young designer peddles wool and leather backpacks online under the moniker Sketchbook. Primarily …