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Backpack Round-Up

fryebackpackWhether you’re carrying a computer, packing your it’s-starting-to-get-chilly jacket for the evening, or keeping a beach blanket wrapped around a bottle of champagne: a backpack is your friend.

And we must not overlook this accessory’s great style potential. Think about it. Your outfit is slamming and then you drape some raggedy bag over your back? Nullifies everything. Don’t be that guy.

Be the guy who gets compliments on his backpack.

In this category, the leather Frye backpack above is our current object of desire. See six more lustworthy backpacks below:

Shop: Frye backpack | Marc Jacobs backpackELEVENPARIS backpack | Herschel backpack | Arc’teryx backpack | STATE backpack | Poler backpack

All backpacks

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New! Poler x Nike SB

Personal style, in the world of Portland, OR—which, if you’ve been there, you know is almost exactly the same as it’s portrayed in the TV show Portlandia—means apparel that’s all at once tech-y and earth-y, at times willfully weird, and suitable for work, play, and frequent daytrips into the great outdoors. Get on their level with the Poler x Nike SB collection. That’s Poler, the adventure/style company from Portland, blended with Nike’s skateboarding/skate-culture SB division, which is headquartered in nearby Beaverton.

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Poler x Nike SB Pom Beanie

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We based our latest Pop-In Shop—LET’S GO!—on the idea of an epic road trip through the US of A. But that doesn’t mean the gear housed therein isn’t tough enough to go international. Keep reading for a selection of photos from our Creative Director, Strath Shepard, on a recent road trip across British Columbia to the Canadian Rockies.

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Fresh air. A campfire. Beers cooled in a creek. We can write these things down all day, but it’s impossible to understand the sheer satisfaction that such simple, outdoor pleasures can engender without experiencing them first-hand—and, preferably, with frequency.

Portland brand Poler operates on a simple mission (which desk jockeys like us can appreciate): to get average people outdoors—and out of their everyday routine—more often. They sum it up with a deceptively simple catch phrase/hashtag: #CampVibes, two syllables that manage to instantly evoke dirt underfoot, cedar in your nostrils and a canopy of stars overhead. And they make it effortless, with innovative gear like a sleeping bag you can walk around in, a camera bag that doubles as a cooler, and a Stumptown coffee kit designed for the campsite.

Keep reading for our exclusive Q&A with Poler Co-Founder and Creative Director Benji Wagner, in which he discusses couscous, favorite road trip spots, and thinking like a kid.

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Tahiti…Tuscany…Thailand. Sure, there are tons of breathtaking vacation spots to be seen all over the globe. But our latest Pop-In Shop—titled LET’S GO! and curated, as always, by the illustrious Olivia Kim—urges all of us to savor the weird, wild, wonderful experiences that our own US of A has to offer.

Get a taste of America’s bountiful (sometimes bizarre) culture—from the Cali dinos above to the world’s largest ball of twine—when you “Hit the Road” on our interactive map. And while the dozens of handpicked, adventure-ready goods that populate our Pop-In are themed around an all-American road trip, one needn’t cash in a month’s worth of PTO to enjoy them. Keep reading to check out our Editor’s Picks for everything from roughing it in the woods to redecorating your apartment.

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