Commuting with a Male Backpack – John Lewis

I don’t drive, I commute and as such I need something to help me carry my lunch, my wallet, my keys along with multiple notebooks and hardware. I’m always on the look out for new men’s backpacks as they manage to get scratched, dusty, dirty and all other sorts of nasty.

I’ve been in the market for a new backpack (my current rucksack is ripped on the inside and I lose everything) and I’ve been debating a Fjällräven Kånken bag for a while, but they’ve become quite the hipster go to and that’s not my style. I love classic design and block colours but I’m unsure if I’d suit such a hipster-esque brand.

I’ve also been on the lookout for a new holdall – I travel quite a bit (mainly for brunch), recently to Amsterdam, Oslo, Dublin and London.

I don’t know if I mentioned but I’ve gained a new respect for the menswear collections at John Lewis with launches such as Samsoe & SamsoeLibertine-Libertine and even Japanese denim brand Edwin.

Since the shop opened in Soho in 1988 Ally Capellino has grown to be a homegrown, quintessentially British brands thanks to Alison Lloyd’s cultural design.

Here’s a few of the backpacks, rucksacks and holdalls that Ally Capellino offers and my thoughts on their design


This cobalt blue satchel style backpack is the perfect to add a dash of colour to any outfit. It’s contrasting black details really helps the blue colour pop. The two pockets at the front of the bag allows for easy access to those things you need quickly; i.e. your train pass, oyster card, tram ticket etc.


Perfect for when you’re looking to hit the gym after you’ve done a hard days work. It’s all black and looks sleek. Real sleek. Again, a side pocket that is zip controlled allows for easy access to those items needed for the daily commute; even if it is a breakfast bar.


This is my favourite out of the collection. A simple, classic all black backpack. The draw straps on the side help control the size of the bag. If you wanna keep it slim to the body then you can or if you’re carrying something bigger, you can obviously make it deeper.


I hope you check out the collection and love it like I do!




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