There has been a recent trend among business people today in the number of backpacks present in office culture as opposed to the standard black briefcase. Men, in particular, are ditching their trendy messenger bags, aka “bulky man purses,” and opting for a more old school, yet practical alternative: the backpack. Now, I know what you’re thinking – backpacks are lame. But these days, backpacks are really making a comeback; versatile new styles allow for functionality that is also visually appealing.
In the United States, backpack sales for adults over the age of 18 rose to 33% over a 12-month period ending in May 2014. It is no wonder that in the ever-changing digital world we live in, professionals want quick access to all the new gadgets they carry with them. The need to be hands-free at all times has further reinforced the idea that we need bags to be functional.
High-end luggage brand Tumi has been taking notes and focusing on consumer needs. Tumi’s new business collection features several styles of professional backpacks. People want more versatility in a bag that they can take from the conference room to the gym. Sporty luggage brands, like Eastpak and JanSport, have introduced new lines of backpacks designed for the workplace. This new approach to the idea of old school backpacks still emphasizes a casual yet clean style.
While backpacks are functional and stylish, there are some professions that aren’t exactly backpack friendly. For example, an attorney showing up in court with a printed backpack on doesn’t necessarily convey a very professional image.
Whatever your choice of office accessory may be, it is important to make sure it fits your personality and lifestyle, not just in the corporate world. Personally, I don’t necessarily mind the recent backpack movement and will always have a soft spot for my Lisa Frank backpack + matching lunch box. Let’s just hope that the workplace fanny pack trend doesn’t happen anytime soon.