History of the backpack, featuring the Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle

Posted by on

"I was showing up at the studio all the time with no bag, being like, 'I don't want to have a backpack. I've had backpacks my whole life, and I'm a grown man now. I should have something better." Mike D
Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle
This quote is an interesting one, does carrying a backpack necessarily make you look too casual, unprofessional, or even immature? We all have that image in our heads of you school kids pilling out after their last lesson carrying colourful nylon backpacks sagging under the weight of heavy books. Backpacks have come a long way since those days though, in terms of style and function, and we firmly believe that a backpack can be perfectly suitable for a commuter to jump off the train and head to a meeting. Our Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle is designed as just that; a smart leather alternative to the traditional informal backpack that can work as well with a shirt and tie as jeans and a t-shirt.
Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle
“students had no choice but to tote their textbooks and notebooks around campus with their hands. Some tied a belt around them or clutched them to their chests as they walked.” From the book The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder and Other Mountains: How JanSport Makes It Happen
From backpackers, travellers and hikers to working professionals and students, the backpack is an extremely practical way to carry your stuff in a spine-friendly way. So how did students carry their books 50 years ago? The idea of strapping your gear to your back is not a new one, in fact it is most likely the way the first humans carried logs from forest to fire, but the evolution of the backpack as we know it today has been an organic and practical one.
Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle
"I'll use any excuse to buy a new backpack" Michael Potts
As is often the way, necessity is the mother of invention, and the first backpacks that were carried to school were more of a bundle of books held together with a leather strap. Somewhere between the 1930s and 1960s children evolved this primitive idea into something more of a satchel worn on the back resembling a square of leather closed with a buckle. In 1939 Gerry Outdoors invented the first backpack with a zip but, back then, the bags were still primarily intended for traditional outward bound activities like camping, hiking and alpine recreation.
Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle
Then in 1967 Gerry Outdoors created the first “modern nylon backpack in existence” and in the same year JanSport opened their first store selling their own lightweight nylon backpack. These new style backpacks were then sold in college campus stores with young hikers in mind but quickly became popular among students to carry their heavy books around university grounds. By the 1980s a sturdy backpack was deemed a school and college necessity and these designs would eventually come to evolve into the backpacks we recognise today.
Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle
"I always have my backpack" Bhavish Aggarwal 

Most of us now probably carry more technical devices than books and most backpacks, like our Vintage Child "Kingsley" Leather Laptop Backpack with Grab Handle, will now have a laptop sleeve plus a phone pocket and multiple extra pockets for small items like headphones, chargers and other electronics. Designs have come a long way from a cumbersome sack and more compact, sleeker looks mean that carrying a backpack to work is now more than acceptable.
backpack bag books buckle college gerry outdoors ipad jansport laptop leather school sleeve student university

← Older Post Newer Post →

Articles

RSS
Tags
13" 14" a-levels accessories activities all-weather amateur art backpack bag bags beach bees bees wax beeswax birthday body book books boyfriend break brits brother brown leather buckle cabin cabin bag cable camera camera bag carbon neutral card care carry on carry-on casual charities christmas classic climate change clothes college coloured leather comfortable commuter concientious cord cowhide dad design designed designer destination distressed dry dslr dubbin duffel duffle durable eco eco friendly eco-aware eco-friendly english ethical exams exploring fair-weather family focussed fashion fathers day feminism flash free delivery full grain full grain leather gap year gender equality gentleman genuine gerry outdoors getaway gift glamping graduation grandad groomsmen gym gym bag hers hipster his holdall holiday influencer initials instagram intrepid ipad jansport journey laptop Leather leather bag leather camera bag leather gift leather origins leather wash bag leisurely lense london luggage luggage tags luxury make up bag male man manbag mark memory men's mens mens gift messenger model modern mom mothers day motorsport mum natural Neat’s-foot-oil nourish nye oil old organic oxley pack patina personalised personalization personalized photo photographer photographers photography planet pocket pockets polished postbag premium present preserve prevention professional quality real removal repellent review rustic school seaside shoes shoot shoulder strap skin sleeve soft son sophisticated stachel stain stains staycation strong student style stylish sugsean summer sun supple supplies sustainability sustainable tablet timeless toiletries toiletries bag traditional travel travel bag traveller travelling treatment trip uk uncle university usb vacation vegetable tanned vintage vintage child wanderlust warantee wash wash bag wash-bag water wax wedding weekend weekend bag weekender whitstable wildlife women in business womens world cup 2019 work zip