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 …

Interview: Hector Muelas, RIMOWA’s Chief Brand Officer

We discuss the brand's new visual identity, product portfolio and collaboration with Off-White

To celebrate its 120th anniversary, luxury luggage brand RIMOWA did something many heritage companies are loathe to do and updated its visual identity. Logically, the refresh harkens back to the brand’s history, but is undeniably contemporary. The rebrand—led by RIMOWA chief executive Alexandre Arnault and chief brand officer Hector Muelas—was executed by Commission Studio, and reflects the brand’s DNA perfectly. Elegant yet utilitarian, fancy yet …

Self-Pushing Luggage Looms Near

Despite selling only a few hundred advanced orders and aided by another $10 million in funding, ForwardX will debut their Ovis self-pushing luggage line shortly. The pieces actually employ both cameras and object-recognition software in order to propel themselves alongside their owner. As Skift points out, smart luggage is a tricky category—often hindered by regulation (of things like batteries). That said, the Chinese company has …