We’re soon approaching the 100th day of school and let me tell you — the backpack shows it. After lugging a backpack filled with snacks, books and crayons five days week, it’s time to refresh the style mid-year with a new one and what better way to do that then with a backpack that gives back the same backpack you purchased to kids in need throughout the United States. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me thanks to State Bags which was started by husband and wife duo, Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman. Simple and sleek in design the State Bags are available in three styles but a variety of colors: The Garfield, The Mercer and The Durham. The Garfield is the original backpack which is colorblocked and is made of cotton canvas for $55, the Durham which is also cotton canvas but features an interior laptop sleeve for $65, and The Mercer which is made of water-repellent waxed cotton canvas and features padded leather straps and interior iPad pocket and laptop sleeve.
Their “GiveBackPack” program is hand delivered by a team of PackMen at motivational rallies throughout the United States in impoverished communities. As an added bonus, kids have the opportunity to add snaps and badges to their State Bags by filling out a form online explaining how they embody the company’s core values, acceptance, courage, leadership, health, conservation and knowledge.
State Bags, $55 to $225, at statebags.com