Vans’ NASA-Inspired Space Voyager Collection

Original spacesuit design informs eight footwear iterations, three jackets and numerous accessories

For the last six decades, NASA‘s been an inspiration the world over. During five of those six decades, Vans has been equipping individuals at the crux of cultural shifts with their iconic footwear, clothing and accessories. To honor the former, Vans has just revealed their Space Voyager Collection and it pays tribute to the space agency through meticulous design nods, including references to the original spacesuit. …

Japan’s Shupatto Bags Easily Collapse for Simple Stowing

From totes to backpacks, foldable ripstop polyester products that roll up to save space

In many ways, the Shupatto bags, produced by Marna, act as an easy-to-decipher optical illusion. The Japanese company designs and manufactures a range of ripstop nylon products—totes of varying sizes, a backpack and more—that collapse and roll into surprisingly small bundles for stowing. This concept isn’t new, but the way Marna has engineered all of them is—thanks to an intuitive structure drawn from the world …

Three Tech-Forward Backpacks

Currently crowdfunding, these bags are utilitarian and future-forward

Utilitarian and tech-forward backpacks for the daily commuter—or the adventurous, conscious traveler—are a dime a dozen. In order to stand out, brands must design thoughtfully, listen carefully, and work quickly. The ever-changing balance of life, work and travel makes meeting the needs of a contemporary consumer more difficult, but when a brand does it, instant demand is unsurprising. On Kickstarter, there are plenty of backpacks …