if I love my fjallraven kanken, but want to upgrade..

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crochetmonkey74 Tue 22-Sep-20 13:55:02

I love my fjallraven kanken- it's light and packs loads in- I LOVE the way it fully opens up like a little suitcase- but it doesn't look very smart- I'm looking for something similar In size and shape- especially the way it opens but something with a bit more of a luxe feel- tried Knomo- they are nice but not quite handbaggy enough if you know what I mean. I'd like to use this backpack for work but also at weekends (doesn't need to carry a laptop) I have an A4 size ipad/MacBook thingy so it fits in most normal handbags

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DancingLady Tue 22-Sep-20 19:46:07

Doughnut are nice - look on ASOS or Urban Outfitters.

giantangryrooster Tue 22-Sep-20 19:56:52

How about Herchel?

Bluewavescrashing Tue 22-Sep-20 19:59:08

Ollie and Nic make nice little rucksacks.

Summerhillsquare Tue 22-Sep-20 21:21:17

Roka bags? I loved my Boscha backpack from tkmaxx but the zip broke.

crochetmonkey74 Tue 22-Sep-20 22:27:47

Thanks all, these are good suggestions but still look a bit casual. The ollie and nic is closest, but I'd like one that opens all the way round. Essentially I'm looking for a fjallraven but not canvas, so it looks a bit smarter

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cheeseycharlie Tue 22-Sep-20 22:30:26

I have the very thing. It's from All Saints. They have been doing it for years. Not cheap but I have never regretted the investment. Only bag I'll ever need again. Off to consult google, back in a min...


cheeseycharlie Tue 22-Sep-20 22:34:04

Ok it's called Kita. £298. They do a slightly larger size also but I think the smaller one is what you're looking for.


Used to come in black, khaki and millennial pink but looks like fewer colours available now.

temproasted Wed 23-Sep-20 07:52:24

The Reiss one is currently 20% off too! I'm tempted and I only came on the thread to find out what a fjallraven kanken is grin

crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 08:39:10

I like the Kita and I do like how it can be a shoulder bag as well- but it is still top opening - I really like a backpack that zips open almost all the way round- maybe this is the holy grail though!

temp will look at the Reiss one

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Juancornetto Wed 23-Sep-20 08:47:14


crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 08:55:50

Juan that's nice- but I'm not sure I like that style of opening- have looked at the Reiss ones- the Lexington seems a good possible but out of stock!

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Tadpolesandfroglets Wed 23-Sep-20 08:56:06


crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 09:09:56

Tadpoles nice but canvas and top opening

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Pollibella1 Wed 23-Sep-20 09:17:15

I think something like this would have the sort of opening you are after:


Pollibella1 Wed 23-Sep-20 09:18:50

Not sure if the link above worked, it's from Fossil (the Tess Laptop Bag), but doesn't look specifically like a laptop bag!

BikeRunSki Wed 23-Sep-20 09:23:13

apart from being £1600 and out of stock!

crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 09:39:46

Polli that Fossil one is great!
I wonder if it is slightly too big- but agree it doesn't look like a laptop bag- that's the closest to what I am looking for so far

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Juancornetto Wed 23-Sep-20 10:18:28

I'm not sure if this one zips all the way, can't quite make it out

Aworldofmyown Wed 23-Sep-20 10:24:40


crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 10:24:43

juan I keep looking at this one!!
I think a friend has just bought this so I might ask for a closer look

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crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 10:26:46

Aworldofmyown I like the convertible aspect to that one, and the simple style but it's top opening not zip around

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Fairybatman Wed 23-Sep-20 10:33:27

Have you looked at Knomo?


crochetmonkey74 Wed 23-Sep-20 10:36:11

Yes fairy I have actually had a knomo beauchamp before but it was a bit too 'worky' if you know what I mean- I want one that I can use at weekends/ meeting friends for dinner after work that doesn't look like a work laptop bag

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Laquila Wed 23-Sep-20 10:37:44

OP I know this struggle. I've been wedded to my Kanken for 7 years now but it's looking a bit grotty and I'd quite like something that every 16-yr old doesn't have. I don't understand why more backpacks aren't made in the same style though - it's such a pain trying to find things at the bottom of a top-opening bag! I nearly cracked recently and bought a Roka one but then saw one in person - lovely but just not accessible enough for me. Have you looked at Nordace? Will watch this thread with interest.

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