Fjällräven Kånken backpacks enjoy the same kind of cult-item success as Adidas Stan Smiths or the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. And although I always considered both items stylish, I avoided investing in them at first because a part of me was self-conscious about seeming like another member of the fashion herd — especially as someone who actually worked in fashion.
Truthfully, I felt the same way about these backpacks. Even though I'd liked them and been looking for a small backpack that I could wear easily in place of a handbag, I held off. However, when I came upon the new line of 100 percent recycled Fjällräven's (I'm all for making fashion — and the world in general — more sustainable), I figured that I'd finally run out of excuses. The Re-Kånken comes in a rainbow of colors, and is made entirely from recycled polyester that is sourced from used water bottles. (It takes about 11 bottles to create one of their classic-sized backpacks and nine bottles for the mini version.) Ever since getting mine, I've happily stuffed it with all of my purse essentials (plus my current subway read) and honestly, getting around the city has never been easier. I can dart past a group of tourists on the street or squeeze into a crowded subway car without worrying about making room for a bulky tote. And even though I'm 22, I'm not going to lie: It's already done wonders for my back.
Fjällräven Re-Kånken Mini, $75, available at Fjällräven
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