The Needle and The Mouse
The fashion of technology & the technology of fashion.
A SHOW BY DAN FROMMER & LAUREN SHERMAN.
Options: Backpacks. We discuss quite a few of these styles in the podcast, and I truly like every one of them. They’re fairly unisex, but ladies, if you want something a little big more feminine, Herschel does a collection for Madewell in poppier colors (I bought one last fall). Also: if you are A. fancy and B. loaded, The Row has a collection of gorgeous leather backpacks, starting at $3,900 and available at Barneys. —LS
Clockwise, from left:
1. Rucksack, $75, Polerstuff.com. We like Poler because it’s outdoorsy but a little bit hipper than the standards (North Face, etc.). This bag is big and complicated enough to take on camping trips, but can be streamlined for day by removing the outer pouches. 
2. Daypack, $139-$149, Topodesigns.com. We first learned about Denver-based Topo Designs via meticulously sourced e-commerce site Of a Kind, but unfortunately their special edition daypack sold out before we could buy one. For Christmas I got Dan this style in army green.
3. Sandqvist “Lars Goran” backpack, $234, Shopwittmore.com. Made in Sweden, Sandqvist bags are perfect for someone who’s really into Scandinavian design. This isn’t a simple style, but it’s not obnoxious, either. (Another interesting note: most of the bags we’re featuring are produced locally, which is nice.)
4. Rucksack No. 21, $170, Fjallraven.us. I love Fjallraven’s tiny backpacks that you see on kids (and overgrown kids), but this style is a little easier to pull off. It’s the smallest version of the label’s rucksack, but still big enough to carry more than an iPad mini.
5. Roll top, $220, Store.archivalclothing.com. Made in the USA by the fantastic brand Archival, this bag is great for camping but sleek enough to use every day. If the colbalt blue is too crazy for you, it comes in black and off-white, too. (PS: most of these bags come in multiple colors, so make sure to click through to get a real idea of the offerings.)
6. "Pop Quiz" backpack, $69.99, Shop.herschelsupply.com. You can find Herschel backpacks at plenty of mass retailers (including Urban Outfitters, and as I said before, Madewell). I think they’ve become so popular for three reasons: affordability (most are under $100), compactness (they’re in no way combersome), and cuteness (while the look is pretty low-key, the insides are usually lined with an adorable, vintage print). Dan and I both own one. —LS

Options: Backpacks. We discuss quite a few of these styles in the podcast, and I truly like every one of them. They’re fairly unisex, but ladies, if you want something a little big more feminine, Herschel does a collection for Madewell in poppier colors (I bought one last fall). Also: if you are A. fancy and B. loaded, The Row has a collection of gorgeous leather backpacks, starting at $3,900 and available at Barneys. —LS

Clockwise, from left:

1. Rucksack, $75, Polerstuff.com. We like Poler because it’s outdoorsy but a little bit hipper than the standards (North Face, etc.). This bag is big and complicated enough to take on camping trips, but can be streamlined for day by removing the outer pouches. 

2. Daypack, $139-$149, Topodesigns.com. We first learned about Denver-based Topo Designs via meticulously sourced e-commerce site Of a Kind, but unfortunately their special edition daypack sold out before we could buy one. For Christmas I got Dan this style in army green.

3. Sandqvist “Lars Goran” backpack, $234, Shopwittmore.com. Made in Sweden, Sandqvist bags are perfect for someone who’s really into Scandinavian design. This isn’t a simple style, but it’s not obnoxious, either. (Another interesting note: most of the bags we’re featuring are produced locally, which is nice.)

4. Rucksack No. 21, $170, Fjallraven.us. I love Fjallraven’s tiny backpacks that you see on kids (and overgrown kids), but this style is a little easier to pull off. It’s the smallest version of the label’s rucksack, but still big enough to carry more than an iPad mini.

5. Roll top, $220, Store.archivalclothing.com. Made in the USA by the fantastic brand Archival, this bag is great for camping but sleek enough to use every day. If the colbalt blue is too crazy for you, it comes in black and off-white, too. (PS: most of these bags come in multiple colors, so make sure to click through to get a real idea of the offerings.)

6. "Pop Quiz" backpack, $69.99, Shop.herschelsupply.com. You can find Herschel backpacks at plenty of mass retailers (including Urban Outfitters, and as I said before, Madewell). I think they’ve become so popular for three reasons: affordability (most are under $100), compactness (they’re in no way combersome), and cuteness (while the look is pretty low-key, the insides are usually lined with an adorable, vintage print). Dan and I both own one. —LS

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