I don’t usually think of backpacks when I think of summer (I tend to prefer totes when the mercury is high, since they leave my back free to breath easy), but there’s something so undeniably summer-y about the Rucksacks from Portland, OR’s Infusion. Handcrafted by the designer, the bags offer a softer take on a classic utilitarian style; just as strong, and able to carry just as much, but in much less rigid, much more warm weather appropriate form. Details include a repurposed leather loop at the top (that doubles as a handle), heavy duty canvas bottom, canvas liner, and lots of interior organization. Multiple fabrics and colors are available (I’m particularly partial to the Indigo Ticking Stripe and Raw Organic Canvas), and all bags are made to order with an approximate turnaround time of three weeks.
For price and purchase info, visit Infusion’s Etsy shop.