- Buyer's Guide
Week In Review ~ 6 April
There’s a definite vibe of versatile functionality in this Week In Review. We’re checking out a hybrid backpack, an everyday-use holdall, minimalist carry in its purest form and a roll-top pack with multiple access and exterior carry options. So without further ado, let’s dive in…
Getting a hold on multi-use carry
Sturdy, stylish and functional, the General Manufacturing Minocqua Hold’n Fold is constructed out of leather and canvas and features a folding top with a snap closure. The bag has a reinforced base for extra durability and three pockets for added storage flexibility. Whether you’re hauling groceries, textbooks or your basic EDC, chances are you’ll find a use for this bag every day.
The essence of versatile minimalism
One of the most versatile pieces of carry doesn’t actually look the part, but as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case Furoshiki by the fact that they are simple square pieces of cloth. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used to carry all sorts of things, from fruit to wine bottles to picnic baskets. They can also double as scarfs and tablecloths. Particularly useful are the water-repellent Furoshiki available at Japanstore.
The Eddy Tote by Hunter Pass is constructed out of Horween Chromexcel leather and has versatile, chic looks that work in a variety of settings, from the office to strolling about town. Sometimes though a backpack is more convenient for your needs, but with the Eddy Tote you have this option as well. The tote converts into a backpack which can also hold the likes of a blanket or a jacket on the back supported by the straps.
Rolling with Topo
Topo Designs is known for their quality, durable bags and they don’t disappoint with their Roll Top backpack. In addition to the roll top, the backpack has front-loading access as well so you don’t need to haul everything out if you need to reach items at the bottom of the pack. There are interior and exterior pockets and a variety of options for additional exterior carrying if required. Each pack is handmade using 1000d Cordura for the exterior.
It’s nice when carry goes that little bit further, as is the case with KEEN and Activyst. KEEN focuses on upcycling, utilising car airbags for their Harvest III collection which includes a wallet, messenger, tote and backpack. Activyst uses funds from the sale of their bags to support sports organisations that can enhance the lives of girls around the world. Find out more about both brands here.