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


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!


Top 5 Backpacks For Girls

Top 5 Backpacks for girls

As the summer sun is cooling down for the onset of fall we started thinking about what the new trends would be for the upcoming season. To help you stay ahead, we have selected the top 5 girls’ backpacks for fall 2015. These backpacks will serve your various needs whether it’s for back to school, staying overnight at your girlfriend’s house, or even as a carry-on bag. Continue reading “Top 5 Backpacks For Girls” »

How to choose the right backpack for school

Back to school season is here and we are here to help you find the right backpack to carry all your gear. Choosing a backpack to use as your everyday bag to haul your gear is a sensible choice. Backpacks are worn on your back with two straps over your shoulders and provide an ample amount of space for your school essentials. To help you arrive at a suitable decision about your backpack, this quick guide will look at the various things to consider when deciding on your perfect bag.


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The Cool Kid’s School Backpack Buying Guide

Kids running with school backpacks

Back to school is upon us, and with it comes back to school shopping!

And, what’s the most important item on the list? While some would say it’s the clothes or the glitter pens, we believe school backpacks can never get enough love. This bag is responsible for helping your child commute daily back and forth to school with all their pens, pencils, papers and books. It also takes more punishment than most luggage. That’s why it’s important to find the right backpack for the back to school season.

We’ve created a school backpack buying guide that includes some insightful tips to help you make the best decision for you child this back to school season.

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