Move Over Briefcase – The Business Backpack Is Top Pick for Professionals

Times are changing for business professionals. Gone are the days when the standard dress code means a suit and briefcase. This new tribe seeks something more versatile — and comfortable — for their workday commute.


Enter the business backpack.


The business backpack provides a fresh alternative to the one-armed carry of the briefcases, computer bags, and messenger bags. It gives professionals space to fit more than a laptop — because work-life balance isn’t just a catchphrase these days. After the 9-to-5 grind, people are logging off their computers, and logging in time at the gym or happy hour with colleagues and friends. Business backpacks provide the space necessary to accommodate wardrobe changes for hobbies, hangouts and more.


But it’s not just about more room — business backpacks are simply more comfortable to carry. With a business backpack, the weight is evenly distributed across your shoulders and back, relieving the stiff neck and back pain often associated with one-sided carry bags. How can you achieve work-life balance if your body is constantly out of balance from lugging around a bag on one side?


Skeptical of the business backpack trend? Look no further than the Wall Street Journal, which recently published a full front page feature story about it. According to the piece, “Sales of that segment increased 5% to $864 million between August 2016 and this past August, representing 48% of the entire U.S. backpack market.”


I know what you’re thinking – “How does a backpack say ‘professional’ instead of ‘first day of school?’”


Don’t worry.


At Mori, we do business backpacks with only professionals in mind. We carry the top brands in the sleekest styles at all price points. These backpacks will turn heads — without altering your professional status quo.


Take a look at some of our top picks and join the tribe!


Victorinox Altmont Professional Fliptop Laptop Backpack–dubbed the “minimalist” backpack, this unique carry all still has space for days.

Victorinox Altmont Professional Fliptop Laptop Backpack

Kenneth Cole Reaction “An Easy Pace” Checkpoint Friendly Backpack–an alternative for those who love to keep things functionally sleek.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Backpack

Samsonite Xenon 3.0 CheckpointFriendly Large Laptop Backpack–a roomier option for going from Wall Street to workout.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Backpack

Tumi Alpha 2 Compact Laptop Brief Pack–for the highly organized individual, without the added bulk.

Tumi Alpha 2 Compact Laptop Brief Pack

Briggs & Riley, The @Work Large Clamshell Backpack–comfortable and spacious for the day-tripper.

Briggs & Riley, The @Work Large Clamshell Backpack

Mori Daytrekr Leather Slim Contour Backpack–a slender statement piece that provides just what you need plus more.

Mori Daytrekr Leather Slim Contour Backpack


Travel Trips: Car Trips With Kids


The smell of turkey, the sound of laughter, football on the television and pumpkin pie waiting for dessert, all the joys of Thanksgiving are within your reach, you just have to brave the roads to get there! With over 48 million people projected to be on the roads this year between Wednesday and Sunday there is no doubt that hitting the road early (or really, any days but Wednesday and Sunday!) is the key to an easier trip – and we have just the things that can get your family to that stuffing and cranberry sauce with as little stress as possible. Continue reading “Travel Trips: Car Trips With Kids” »

Want to Tell Your Client Thank You This Holiday Season? Do It With a Corporate Gift.

If you’re one more baseball hat or coffee mug away from being labeled Most Terrible Gift-Giver, this blog post is for you.


It’s true: corporate gift buying can be a pain. Also true: employees, clients, and team members are invaluable to your company’s success. Gift giving is a simple way to show gratitude, strengthen your relationships, and maintain loyalty. And there’s never a better time to express your gratitude with a corporate gift than during the holiday season.


If you’re feeling uninspired by corporate gifts this season, Mori is here to help.


Meet Candi Easterwood. Candi is the ecommerce store manager for Mori Luggage & Gifts, and she also leads the Corporate Gift Program.

Corporate Gifts Candi Easterwood

Candi’s going to help you put the fun in functional corporate gift giving this season by providing some tips and on-point gift selections for your team or clients this season. Oh and if you’re wondering about that leather beauty she’s holding in the photo — it’s a Mosaic Chester Square Flap Backpack, which can be embossed with your logo and makes an excellent gift for your team!


One of the best parts of Candi’s job is helping customers find just the right gift for their employees or clients. “I’m always armed with gift ideas — it’s what I do!” says Candi. “But it helps when I know a little more about the recipients, as well as the company’s goals when we discuss options.” When it comes to choosing the right gift, Candi says to consider the following:  


  • What’s a gift that you would like and use? You may not have the same taste as your recipient, but if you’re considering a gift that you’d never enjoy, keep on looking.


  • How much significance do you want to show? Is this a sentimental gift commemorating service or is it a simple thank you? The kind of gift you choose should reflect your intent.


  • Save hats and mugs for the tradeshow. Consider your recipient’s personal interests, or at the very least, choose something that is likely to be used daily.


  • Consider how you’ll personalize it. This could include choosing a gift that’s in line with the recipient’s hobbies or choosing an item that can be personalized with their initials.  


Once you have a direction for your gift it’s easier to select a well-suited option, whether you’re choosing on your own or contacting someone like Candi to help. Of course, selecting a gift is just the beginning. Personalization is where the extra magic happens. Typically, leather products allow for logo embossing. Mori will use a custom dye to create your logo on our leather products. We also provide free gold or silver initials monogramming on most leather items.


You’ll know you’ve nailed the right gift when it becomes so popular, others want it for themselves. “One of our biggest corporate gift givers is a college in Virginia that always gives senior football players a leather duffle bag with their football logo engraved,” says Candi. “Inevitably, a couple of the parents call back wanting one, too!”


Mori’s corporate gift giving service offers personalized support (from people like Candi!) to help you find the perfect gift, save big on quantity orders, and receive perks like free gift wrapping and fast shipping services (just in case you put it off for too long).


Want to know some of Mori’s most popular corporate gift selections? Check out the hottest Mori items for corporate gifts this season. Of course, these are all Candi approved.


The Dorado 18” Leather Duffel Bag comes in an assortment of colors like rich tan, chocolate brown, and black, and can be personalized with initials. This is perfect for members of your organization who travel frequently for company training and conferences. Continue reading “Want to Tell Your Client Thank You This Holiday Season? Do It With a Corporate Gift.” »

What You Need to Know When Traveling to Europe in the Fall – With or Without Kids

Fall is finally here, and people are geared up to travel where they can enjoy cooler temperatures and colorful foliage. European destinations are ideal for autumn getaways. Fall in Europe is the “shoulder season” (between high season and low season), which means better prices and smaller crowds. Temperatures in Europe during autumn are mild and vary depending on location, ranging from 44-68° F.

Whether you’re headed to the Lake District in England, Oktoberfest in Germany, or Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Mori has your most important travel tips for visiting Europe in the fall.


Autumn European Travel Tips from the Pros


If you’ve never used packing cubes when preparing for a trip, you’re in for a treat. Packing cubes keep items separate and well organized, which is especially helpful when traveling to multiple European cities. Andrea Botham, who blogs about worldwide travel with her family at Passports and Pushchairs, uses different color packing cubes for each member of her family to make finding belongings a breeze. They also help you pack lighter for simpler travel. “Cars are smaller in Europe so we really think about how much to pack and how well to pack it,” says Botham. “Packing cubes certainly help!”


Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes


Fall weather and temperatures in Europe can fluctuate, which means packing layers is a must. Be sure to include versatile cardigans in basic colors, a light jacket or windbreaker, short and long-sleeved shirts, a scarf or two, and perhaps a heavier jacket, depending on your destination.


Shoes also are an important consideration for any European trip. For fall, closed-toed comfortable walking shoes are essential. There are nearly endless options for comfortable and classy-looking walking shoes these days — you’re not limited to your favorite pair of sneakers. If you plan to hike, research the terrain to determine if you’ll need proper hiking shoes.


Planning on bringing back more than a handful of trinket souvenirs? Go ahead and pack an extra piece of luggage to tow all your goodies home. We recommend a compact, foldable duffel bag that fits in your suitcase easily when empty, and expands to hold a lot for your return trip.


Lewis N. Clark Uncharted 24" Packable Duffel

Lewis N. Clark Uncharted 24″ Packable Duffel


As for plugging in your electronics while in Europe, most modern devices already are dual voltage, so you don’t  need a converter, but you do need an adapter.


Travelon Dual USB Charger And Adapter

Travelon Dual USB Charger And Adapter


If you’re traveling with young children, bring a good stroller with strong wheels in addition to a baby carrier. “Having both is essential,” says Botham. “You will run into places where strollers won’t work, but wearing your baby or toddler all day gets tiring.” Plus, when you have a stroller in tow, you can typically bypass long security lines in the airport and board first on the plane too.



The transatlantic flight to anywhere in Europe is a necessary evil – simply a means to an end. The good news is there are lots of things you can do to make the trip more comfortable. Pack items like a variety of snacks, refillable water bottles, a good travel pillow, compression socks to improve circulation and prevent blood clots, ear plugs, eye mask, and a draping sweater or travel blanket. Many airlines hand out free earbuds, an eye mask, pillow, and blanket, but you may prefer to use your own. Botham recommends that each person also has a change of clothes on overseas flights.


Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow in blue

Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow in blue


As for entertainment, long flights often provide free movies and shows. Adults and children alike should consider bringing reading material and other in-flight activities. Encourage kids to carry their own carry-on bag and make sure it’s filled with favorites from home as well as new surprises to keep them occupied. Most airlines also offer in-flight wifi for a fee. When possible, try to sleep during the flight to help yourself feel more rested upon arrival.


Jet lag is always difficult and usually inevitable, whether traveling with or without children. Getting outside for sunshine and fresh air helps. Try to get acclimated to your destination’s time zone as soon as you board your overseas flight by manually resetting your phone clock and watch. Even if your body doesn’t catch on for a few days, your mind will quickly adapt.



Europe is known for its ease of access and travel. That said, it helps to learn a little about both the local transportation system (city buses, trains, and trams) as well as long distance rail travel. When you purchase a ticket for inner city travel, it’s important to know what you’re buying. Sometimes, the rules about expiration and travel zones can be tricky, especially if you don’t know the language. Speak with a station attendant for clarification or visit the transit system’s website and choose the website’s English version.


When touring a city by foot, your phone can be your best ally for mapping out routes, finding a good local place to eat, and looking up hours for major attractions. For these reasons, having a phone power bank charger on hand is vital.


MAH 2200 Pocket Power Bank Charger With Flashlight

MAH 2200 Pocket Power Bank Charger With Flashlight



As with anywhere in the world, it’s important to take safety precautions when traveling throughout  Europe. If you’re among a large crowd, be mindful of your purse and wallet. An anti-theft backpack or bag protects your belongings while on public transportation or when walking through a busy area. Botham recommends leaving passports in your hotel room safe, but not before you take a picture of them and email it to yourself, just in case.


Travelon Anti-theft Sling Bag

Travelon Anti-theft Sling Bag



Europe with the kids? Why not?! Botham has been traveling with her two kids since they were born and has discovered that with a little planning, research, and plenty of snacks, almost any destination can be family friendly. If it’s your first time traveling abroad with children, consider choosing a country where English is spoken (like Ireland or the United Kingdom), and include trips to areas and attractions where there are big open spaces to run around and explore. Also, locals in smaller towns often welcome and enjoy children. Botham’s favorite family-friendly destinations include towns in southern Ireland, especially the Ring of Kerry, and Northumbria in northwest England.


As for how to handle sight-seeing with children, Botham recommends splitting your time between your interests and your kids’ interests. Bonus points if you can find ways the two overlap, like museums that offer treasure hunt checklists for kids. “Kids will have a meltdown when they get bored, overstimulated, or overwhelmed,” says Botham. “Snacks and ice cream help with those moments, so consider relaxing your rules around sweets while traveling to save sanity.” Be sure also to carve out playground or outside free play time every day so kids can get a break from the structure to just be a kid. If the day ends in tears (yours or your kids), remember that everyone almost always does better after a good night’s sleep.


Often people say that kids won’t really remember a trip to Europe, so why take them? “They probably won’t remember everything,” says Botham. “But they will remember chasing pigeons in St. Mark’s square in Venice, ringing the bell in an old Cathedral in Slovenia, eating their first jamon in Spain, and their first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.”


Don’t stress about the things your kids won’t remember. Instead, focus on doing what they love and expanding their worldview in the process.


Andrea Botham, traveling in Europe with her two kids.

Andrea Botham, traveling in Europe with her two kids.


Top 3 Tips for Buying Back-to-School Backpacks – A School Backpack Guide

We say this every year, but really, we can’t believe back-to-school time is almost here. It can be so hard for parents and kids to transition back to school — long, lazy summer days are just too hard to give up! But we do love the excitement of preparing for a fresh new year of possibilities, and what better way to begin than by buying a new school backpack?! We want to give you our top three tips to help you pick out the best backpack for your child, with your child, so you can make sure that back-to-school shopping is fun and functional!



Ideally, your child’s school backpack will meet three main requirements: durability (it should last through the year), function/fit (it can carry what your kid needs, comfortably), and coolness (it has the look & style your kid craves). Let’s take a look:



What to look for: Seek sturdy, water-resistant material reinforced with sturdy, metal zippers protected by fabric flaps. Straps and pockets should be firmly attached to the bag with quality stitching. Make sure the bag you choose includes a warranty should anything break or tear.

What to avoid:  Difficult or “sticky” zippers. Loose threads or poor stitching. Raw end fabric not covered or hemmed as it can fray or get stuck in zippers.

Mori’s top picks:

The North Face Borealis Backpack

You can’t go wrong with a backpack by The North Face – their bags have a reputation for durability, function, and style.

High Sierra Access Backpack

The ultimate in ruggedness and capacity, this High Sierra backpack also offers a variety of compartments and a cool hidden waterproof cover that protects your laptop from the rain.

Patagonia Refugio Backpack

Patagonia is a known name in outdoor gear, which is why it’s also perfect for school! The Refugio backpack is made with some of the strongest and most durable fabric, and is treated with a water repellant finish


Function & Fit

What to look for: Your child’s backpack should easily fit your child’s body size and the contents they are required to carry. Younger kids will likely carry smaller capacity bags while older kids in middle and high school will carry larger, high-capacity bags. Some backpacks, like The North Face, feature straps that contour better to the female body. Also consider what additional features your child will want or need, like a water bottle pocket and padded laptop sleeve.

What to avoid: Lots of extra features might look cool, but extra doesn’t always mean better. Consider if your child will actually use them since extra pockets and contraptions are typically the first to tear. For optimal comfort, avoid big backpacks that aren’t padded in the straps and back.

Mori’s top picks:

The North Face Vault Backpack

The perfect size for middle schoolers, this North Face backpack also features a water bottle pocket and padded laptop sleeve.

KAVU Rope Bag

KAVU rope bags are great for kids who don’t need to cart a lot to and from school, and they come in a huge variety of colorful prints, which means they’re spot-on for trendiness.

Patagonia Chacabuco Backpack

This heavy-duty backpack from Patagonia will carry everything your child needs and provides the added, necessary comfort to go along.


Coolness Quotient

What to look for: This magic element can only be determined accurately by your child (trust us; we’ve seen many a returned bag due to the “ewww” face). We recommend you bring them shopping with you rather than surprising them with a new backpack (unless you have specific orders). Mori sales associates are always up on the latest trends to help, but ultimately, your child’s opinion matters.

What to avoid: Buying an un-cool bag. We’re not saying you have to give into your kid’s every whim, but fitting in at school is hard enough. Why not make their backpack choice something they feel good about?

Mori’s top picks:

Vera Bradley Campus Tech Backpack

It’s easy to spot a Vera Bradley backpack, which is why girls flock to this well-known brand. Beyond the obvious A+ in the looks department, this bag features a laptop compartment and multiple interior pockets for organization.

Jansport Big Student Backpack

Yes, Jansport is still a thing. In fact, it’s a big thing! There’s a reason this classic backpack has been “in” for so long – it’s well made, functional, simple, and stylish, er, cool.

Herschel Harrison Backpack

The Herschel line of backpacks is known for its simplistic, contemporary (aka hipster) design. Thankfully, they’re also known for versatility and function!



You can check out our full selection of school backpacks here:

We recently hosted a backpack-focused Facebook Live event in one of our Atlanta area stores, showing off all the newest bags for the year and answering questions from parents watching live at home. Click below to watch!