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The backpack has always conjured up too-small children carrying too big a load emblazoned with images of Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Not so for the older crowd. While they may shoulder camouflage carry-ons or teddy bear totes, there’s an element of sophisticated luxury — to go along with sophisticated prices. At Neiman Marcus Westchester, you’ll find a variety of backpacks, carry-ons and totes that will help you travel in style and banish any reservations you might have had about being a bag lady or a bag man.
1. Falabella Shaggy Deer Backpack
Inspired by the Falabella handbag introduced in 2010, one of Stella McCartney’s best-selling items, this vegan-friendly, faux-leather backpack is a flirty, yet edgy alternative. The thin, shoulder straps and drawstring closure add a laid-back touch to the conventional backpack design, while maintaining McCartney’s commitment to eco-friendly design. $1,295. Also available in forest green.
2. Pashli Zip Backpack
Created by Phillip Lim, this 100 percent cow leather bag has a textured look for added style, while the adjustable shoulder straps offer added comfort. As Phillip Lim’s website says, it’s “perfect for the mover, shaker and occasional troublemaker on the go.” The monochromatic color makes this bag a subtle yet sophisticated accomplice. $975. Also available in black-cream, ivory-mimosa and ivory-dove.
3. Quilted Medium Teddy Bear Shoulder Bag
This adorable, quilted, teddy bear-print polyester bag expresses the “tongue-in-cheek” fashion humor of designer Franco Moschino. Complete with removable shoulder straps for comfort and convenience, the whimsical print underscores the playful aspect of travel. $1,195.
4. Stark Visetos Men’s Medium Studded Backpack
This backpack by German brand Mode Creation München (MCM) is the epitome of a travel bag. Covered in the MCM logo, the print represents the year 1900 in Roman numerals, a turning point in accelerated travel. Handcrafted with gunmetal and triangular stud embellishments, the bag is equipped with adjustable straps and a compartment to protect electronic devices. Who ever said men can’t be flashy? $835 each. Available in cognac, navy, red, or black.
5. Psychedelic Camo Soft Tote Bag
New to Neiman Marcus Westchester, Valentino reintroduces the groovy ’70s with a psychedelic, camouflage-print leather and canvas tote bag. With flat leather straps and a front hand strap, this funky bag is fashion-forward, as the ’70s are having a moment again (if indeed they ever went away). $2,995.
For more, visit neimanmarcus.com.