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Huntington Beach-based Roxy has a lock on sporty yet girly styling. This Indian-print-inspired bag would look perfect with jeans post-hike.
This faded-stripe number from Vans has a surfy styling we can see looking great everywhere from Malibu to the mall.
Our OCD tendencies are tempered by this California-made Retro 1969 Special Backpack by Quiksilver: Four external compartments plus internal pockets leave plenty of room for pens, keys and a cell phone.
Sure, San Francisco-based North Face is a hardcore performance brand, but this brilliant orange backpack's laptop sleeve makes it perfect for an afternoon of working with a latte at Intelligentsia. (And when we collapse from dehydration later on the trail, we?ll retrieve our water bottle from the mesh side pockets and wait for rescuers to spot the pack?s bright color.)
North Face ($79)
A great cooler-weather option comes from Will Leather Goods, the company that makes rugged wool-and-leather backpacks out of the same vegetable-dyed Oaxacan rugs we?d love to have on our floor. Each one is unique; browse the selection at the flagship shop on Abbot Kinney.
Will Leather Goods ($395)
We’ve spotted a charming collection of vintage backpacks from California brands--like this one from Laguna Sierra--at the new Without Walls pop-up inside Urban Outfitters on Cahuenga.
Hiking is a relaxing way to spend an hour, but once we’re juggling a cell phone, a water bottle and a wallet (in case we want to grab a lemonade at the Trails Café), we feel bogged down, not fancy-free.
So we’re developing a pack mentality--specifically, picking up one of the new breed of backpacks that are lightweight and rugged enough to withstand a dusty trail but cute enough to proudly carry to Coffee Bean afterward.
Now if we could only figure out whether it’s cool to two-strap-it.
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