*UPDATE* 13th November 2014. The good news is that Shinola has opened a store in London (Newburgh St) and has a UK site, so my back pack is now available here.
I thought I’d up date you on the back pack situation….you may remember our extensive research here and here. Now even young Cara Delavigne is in on the act with her backpack collaboration with Mulberry.
I eventually bought this lovelymini backpack from Shinola, the Detroit based brand with a fabulous shop in New York. It is neat, tough and very comfortable to wear. It is big enough to hold ipads, phones and even my camera, but wont allow me to stuff it so full my back collapses. It was $250 dollars, around £160, so will be with me for a while.
It has rose gold hardware, with no external branding or twiddly bits. And lovely stitching.
There’s a neat pocket in the back for my Oyster card too.
Sadly Shinola doesn’t sell in the UK, but if you find yourselves in New York, the store is on 177 Franklin Street and shouldn’t be missed.