Today’s 24/7 lifestyles demand that we’re ready for anything. Fitting in a gym or Pilates session, several meetings, and a drinks catch-up, requires making choices that enable us to segue seamlessly, sartorially speaking, from one to the other, without compromising our look. And while clothing has long since bridged the gap between dawn-to-dusk dressing, the backpack has also started to come into its own.
Once the preserve of serial adventurers and seriously sporty types, the elevated version of this carryall has now become a must-have accessory for modern life, with executives to explorers and everyone in between seeking out a practical but smart wear-anywhere style.
You’ll notice that backpacks are a core part of our debut collection. The roomy, more directional San Telmo is our most fashion-forward style, and can be paired with anything – from bicycle looks to ballerina get-ups.
Carl Thompson of @hawkinsandshepherd in London with his commuter carryall of choice, the black leather San Telmo.
Royal Ballet principal dancer Marianela Núñez pictured backstage with her San Telmo in Tan before a performance of The Nutcracker.
Our high-functioning backpack is the Caballito – a true multi-tasker. Crafted from technical nylon with a breathable back panel, the Caballito fits everything from laptop and cables to your sportswear and grooming essentials. It’s no wonder it means ‘little horse’ in Spanish. Despite its utilitarian virtues, the Caballito pairs perfectly with smart-casual looks but pairs just as well with athleisure.
The more feminine Palermo is a favourite of ladies around the world, and can be styled with everything from beachwear to streetwear.
Ko Samui, Thailand
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Whichever style you go for, know that once you go for a backpack, you don't go back.