You’ve likely noticed backpacks from Herschel Supply Co. slung over the shoulders of commuters, gym rats, and travelers pretty much everywhere. And while their stylish, minimalist backpacks tend to get all the fanfare, it’s time for you to pull the trigger on Herschel’s ‘Novel’ Duffel Bag, one of the most versatile weekenders on the market. If you need even more of an incentive to pick it up, the charcoal version is 25 percent off on Nordstrom’s website right now, so it will set you back only $64.
A rich gray, Herschel’s signature label graces both the side and shoulder strap, with handsome attention to detail throughout, including a two-way, waterproof zipper and the company’s signature striped fabric on the interior. Also available in black, blue, and a variety of prints, the roomy weekender is made of water-resistant canvas that’s a monster at withstanding less-than-gentle treatment (and it actually looks better with a bit of wear).
For this price point, you’d likely have a hard time finding a competitor that offers up half the features of the Novel, like a padded shoulder strap (it’ll come in handy for connecting-flight sprints) and a handy mesh storage sleeve on the inside. But perhaps our favorite addition to this duffel is the shoe compartment — you don’t want your Stan Smiths to get dirty when stuffed back into your carry-on with your muddy hiking gear from a weekend well spent, now do you?