Backpacks are a hard sell for men concerned about denting the shoulders of their blazers or looking like the boys they once were. With their Aleutian Pack, Layer x Layer co-founders Leah Fabish and Patrick Turiello are on a mission to reimagine the knapsack for commuters who are decades removed from their last growth spurt.
"We want to make a backpack that you can wear and feel like an adult, dressed up or dressed down," says Turiello.
To this end, the Brooklyn-based couple created a martial looking pack out of the most durable American-made materials they could find. The relatively compact utility – which can snuggly fit a 15-inch computer – is painstakingly stitched together: Waxed canvas is affixed to brass clips and leather strap pads wide enough not to dimple a suit jacket. Patrick says his goal is to have the bags age more like quality leather shoes than L.L. Bean totes. To this end, the self-contained backpack doesn&;t feature excessive hanging straps or metal flourishes.
Expect just what you need in terms of space: slots for your pens and a notebook, a pocket for your laptop, two side-pockets for beverages, and a large outside pocket wide enough to fit an iPad. Dress it up with a tan suit, or down with dark denim and boots. Now you’re all grown up. [$245; layerxlayer.bigcartel.com]