Are backpack purses back in style?

elbow

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I had a couple of backpack purses in high school in the 90s. I gave them away when I went off to college but I've been noticing quite a few leather backpack purses around the more fashionable parts of town.

I saw a lady with a black leather Tory Burch Thea backpack today and it had the most buttery soft looking leather. And the embossed stamp is so understated. I have a 3 year old and it would be very convenient to carry a backpack purse. But is it fashionable? Will this style stick around? I don't want to spend $500 on something that I won't want to carry next year. :thinking:
 

Mitzy

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I have a black Italian leather one, can't remember the brand off hand and it's in the bedroom and my husband is asleep already, sorry.
I use it if I know I am going to have my hands full and need to carry a lot. I am a photographer and sometimes I need allllllll my stuff and to have my hands free. I think they are a more casual look, but I don't think they will ever go out of style.
If I was juggling a baby, I think I would have one in rotation.
 

CrackBerryCream

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I only carried backpacks in school. While I think they are trendy right now (not sure about long term) I wouldn' t wear them anymore, not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also because things can be stolen from them easier
 

Mariapia

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I never see anyone carrying one of those bags.
Anyway.... Try to find something in a backpack... Very difficult task....
 

dcooney4

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I was at the mall the yesterday and many of the designers have new back packs showing.
 

rowy65

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I say yes, especially as the newer ones have additional straps to wear as a shoulder bag. Almost resembling a bucket bag, which is very hot right now
 

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i think it might be back on trend, and as much as i love backpack i don't always find it practical because it is harder to get things in and out but i do have few backpack i always use for carrying laptop and some other heavier stuff when i need to carry them. although i would still carry one other bag for my wallet and other important stuff
 

anthrosphere

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I sure hope they are! I'm tired of carrying purses. I just ordered a Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack so I can use it as my Fall/winter purse. I can't wait to finally have a bag that is convenient, hands free, and not straining my shoulder and bad back. I can't wait!
 
in a different thread I mentioned that I was picking up a stella McCartney bag today at neimans. there were quite a few backpacks that I saw. the prada backpack is gorgeous and I owned one for a long time. I didn't always wear it as a backpack per se, but, if I needed to, I was glad that I had that option to have my hands free....so, I say, if you love a backpack and it's going to work for you, get it!
 

lenarmc

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I also owned a backpack purse in th 90s. I currently just have a Kate Spade (from the 90s) in navy. I love it but only use it when I go to my kids' sporting events not daily. I saw a Michael Kors one that I love, but I'll just wait for it to go on sale because it's $300. MCM also makes one as well.
There are a plethora designers doing it so I would say that it's trendy. But, if you have small child, why not?
 

quackedup

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They are so coming back in!
Different to before, majority are more 'handbag' than kids backpack.

Not sure about lasting power... that was my concern as well if i was gonna drop 3 or 4 figures on a backpack, however many of the backpacks this time around have larger top handles/loops which means you can carry the bag as a handheld as well, so it doubles as handheld as well as backpack.
 

anthrosphere

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Rebecca Minkoff has a new fanny pack! Oh my, never thought those would come back...
I just ordered this at Nordstrom!! It's going to feel SO SO good to carry that when I don't feel like carrying anything else. Sometimes there are days when I want to carry as little as possible, like my cash/ccs, keys and phone, but then I realized I needed a purse to carry all of that. I get moody when I end up carrying a heavy purse just for a few items. I'm so glad she brought it back, I can't wait!!

And in case you didn't notice, Rebecca's fanny also comes with a crossbody chain strap, too. I. LOVE. IT. One thing I LOVE about RM's bags is how convertible it is. The fanny can be worn in so many different ways. I do have her WOC which is an excellent bag, but having the option to wear a fabulous fanny that doesn't scream "soccer mom" is even better. I can't wait to receive it!