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The Backpack Book
The Backpack Book (or BakkuPakkuBukku)
Christmas came early for us this year, with the latest release from the Go Out crew in Japan.
The Backpack Book is just as it sounds, a book full of backpacks. It’s Japan based, so you get a pretty crazy mix of street and outdoor packs. It’s mostly like a giant catalogue, but you also get a few stories from bag lovers and a little trend spotting to boot. But mostly, you get a lot of backpacks. We’ve picked out a few highlight pages below, just to stoke those creative juices…
While most of the explanations are in Japanese, you get enough of a feel from the English headings and product names to know which way is up. If anyone has a specific question, my mother in law has offered to translate for us 🙂
While Dana Design has been folded into Marmot, via K2, across most of the world (with Dana Gleason going on to start Mystery Ranch), the brand has at least been kept alive in Japan. There has been loads of color added, and some pretty crazy poppy outdoor styles are kicking about.
We love Master-piece. The brand produces a crazy diverse assortment of styles, with some really textural pieces showing up in this selection.
Klättermusen is based in Åre Sweden. Åre is a ski town with the single highest percentages of beautiful people that I have ever visited. Like jaw dropping stuff. The brand have a really unique aesthetic, which seems custom made for the Japanese.
Hobo is rad, Aldies is even radder.
Great bags develop a rich patina with use. You just don’t often get to see used bags studio shot…
It’s feeling like Rivendell Mountain Works are going through a little revival. We’ve seen some poppier colors than those shown here. Let’s hope to see even more.
If you like what you see but can’t wait for an express copy to be sent from Japan Amazon, check out the Go Out online store. It has some of the most radical bags you will have never laid eyes on. Enjoy… http://www.goout.jp/