It's a bit late for a Back to School post, but lately I've been wistfully recalling the easy, rugged functionality of the backpack. Perhaps I'm just sick of my enormous, unwieldy handbags and want to give my shoulders a much-needed break. Some research yielded the following finds:
Kanken backpack, $84 @ Assembly.
Assembly also makes its own line of luxe backpacks, if you're looking for something fancier. This cashmere backpack in dark navy is handsewn and features antiqued hardware. $128.
Another in wool plaid, also $128.