Shepard Fairey is the guy responsible for Obama’s controversial ’08 “Hope” poster and the OBEY GIANT art campaign, among other things. InCase’s trendy canvas pack pays homage to the contemporary street artist, imprinted with his now-iconic artwork that has been featured in galleries and museums around the globe. Aside from the visuals, the pack sports InCase’s original Campus Pack design, bolstered with multiple internal organizer pockets and a padded notebook compartment for housing laptops up to 15 inches. The twill-lined bag is also equipped with a handy, inside slip pocket for your tablet and comes in two colors (black, and red yen). It’s compact, streamlined and turns your backside into a walking piece of fine art.
Rickshaw Commuter 2.0 Bag – $160
Customization is key when it comes to Rickshaw’s standard commuter bag. The manufacturer provides more than 100 customizable appearance options, from the exterior material and color to the bindings and logo, adding a high level of personalization to suite whatever desire you might have. Regardless of the customization options, the waterproof bag features a 15-inch removable laptop sleeve, two built-in water bottle holders, and numerous pockets for stashing all your goodies within magnet-Velcro-clip-zipper enclosures. The pack can be as basic or out there as you want it to be given all the assorted design choices available at your fingertips, so don’t hesitate to fiddle around on the the website before making your purchase.
Chrome Soyuz Laptop Bag – $160
A backpack that doubles as an ice chest? Yes please. Chrome’s rolltop bag is not the prettiest of the bunch, but it’s certainly one of the most industrious and ergonomic, featuring military-grade construction and enough nooks and crannies for all your digital goodies. The welded-waterproof main compartment is lined with truck-tarpaulin, providing protection and ample room for anything that might not fit into the smaller external pockets that line the front of pack. The side-accessible, padded laptop sleeve can fit laptops up to 17 inches and the daisy-chain mounting loops on the front also allow for greater storage as you can conveniently attach helmets, carabiners, bike lights, and other items that don’t mind a little weather. What Soyuz lacks in elegance it makes up in utility – not a bad compromise by any means.
The Bombata Doppio has a plastic-y ’70s aura about it – tacky yet enticing enough to warrant more than just a look. The 15-inch laptop briefcase is available in six different color combinations and is crafted impeccably light due to its vinyl and silicone construction, making it look more European than this side of the Pacific. The faux-leather bag opens in a book-like fashion using stud-detailed hardware, exposing six internal mesh pockets for storing small accessories and a thinly padded sleeve complete with Velcro straps for securing your laptop in place. The case even comes bundled with a dust bag, meaning you can put your bag in another bag when you’re not using it (apparently people do that). Regardless, the Bombata is a great choice if you’re looking to ditch the bulk in favor of just the essentials.
It’s about time we have something for the bare-bones European fashionista on our list. The Brit-Stich leather laptop bag is elegant, not to mention expensive, and features a large main compartment with a single inside pocket. The leather comes in two distinct colors, poppy red and caramel, and the bag features a standard adjustable strap, buckle detail fasteners, and a handle for routine toting purposes. Now if only you didn’t have to pay for international shipping…
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