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Most Stylish mini backpacks of 2014

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Me rocking my Kanken bag

It seems like just yesterday when backpacks were considered tragically uncool for anyone too old to be part of the grade school crowd. These days, however, things have changed, and the backpack has made a huge comeback. Those who prefer not to lug around huge rucksacks will be pleased to know that in line with one of the hottest new trends of 2014, there’s a whole range of stylish mini backpacks on the market this season that are not only perfect for adults but also for trendy little mini me's. 

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Mr A rocking his little monkey bag

Here are our top picks

Shinola Mini Backpack

The leather backpack is given an update with Shinola’s mini backpack made of artisanal leather. The clean lines and lovingly hand-stitched seams show incredible attention to detail, and the structured rectangular shape is hip in a minimalist way. The bag comes in a range of enticing colors that can be viewed at

Shinola mini backpack

Fjällräven Kanken Mini

This pint-sized spin on Fjällräven’s iconic Kanken, which has become a staple of hipsters everywhere, isn’t as ungainly as the larger original but still comes in a variety of kid-friendly colors that’s perfect for the young at heart.
Kanken toddler bag
MARC by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Mariska Backpack

If you’re looking for a basic design that goes with anything, MARC by Marc Jacobs’ take on the classic mini backpack is versatile enough to go with a wide range of outfits. The pebbled leather makes the bag appear more grown up than a canvas or nylon rucksack would, which makes for an easy transition to backpack carrying, especially if the last backpack you owned contained high school textbooks.

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Marc Jacobs Classic Q backpack from Net-a-Porter

Mini backpacks are back in full force, and there’s a wide range of styles to accommodate any taste. Whether you’d like your bag to be an artisanal masterpiece or just want to relive your school days, there’s something out there just begging to be bought.

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Bring a stylish kanken into the home for a pop of colour (image)

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  1. Ooh cute! I've been thinking about investing in a backpack... loving the Kanken

  2. I have to say a love a good it uncool to call it that?! They are just so much easier to carry around. That monkey bag is so cute!

  3. my kiddos all have backpacks... they're fab for getting them to help carry all our stuff!

  4. I think they are a great idea, they make so much sense than having all the weight on one shoulder. I loev your Kanken xx

  5. you rock that rucksack, I think they can look really cute :)

  6. love the shinola one! i'm very picky when it comes to rucksacks, but i really like your choices.

  7. I LOVE the Kanken for kids nothing looks cuter, the Shinola looks great too. x

  8. I think I'd given up on whether backpacks looked cool or not when I couldn't deal with a shoulder bag anymore when running after a toddler! I love the look of the Kanken ones!

  9. I'd never have thought to get a backpack but they make a lot of sense for mums, don't they? All that room and it leaves your hands free - bonus!


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