With all the kids having just headed back to school, we thought it fitting to pay a stylish homage to higher education—albeit a “fashion education” for those of us who have left the academic halls, ahem, long ago.
The Max Schoolboy backpack by Jo Handbags is about as cool as you can get, mixing raw-cut boot leather and heavy burlap with lots of buckles and flaps. Aren’t in the backpack mood? Skip the top handle, clip on the detachable strap and wear it as a cross body.
The company was founded in 2010 by three New York friends—an interior designer, an ad exec and a fashion designer—all who shared a love for industrial styled handbags mixing leather with vinyl, waxed canvas and burlap. All merchandise is made locally in the USA.
Retail price: $398. Call 646-298-4232; www.johandbags.com