Trekking across a present-day concrete jungle presents a particular sartorial conundrum—namely, how should one navigate the backpack-as-fashionable-accessory maze?
Enter Materials + Process, a collection of impossibly chic and well-constructed totes, clutches, carrying cases and, yes, backpacks. The brainchild of local industrial designer Christine Marcelino, who is inspired by the idea of modern explorers, the line features items named after famous trailblazers.
Using vegetable-dyed leather hides, Marcelino cuts and then sews the material on an industrial machine. All the pieces in her growing two-year-old repertoire combine a sleek aesthetic with the functionality of durable outdoor gear. Take, for example, the Sacagawea Carryall ($400), her first and most popular design. After five prototypes, Marcelino perfected the backpack that protects a laptop without a shiny coating, so the leather acquires that covetable well worn look over time.