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You can’t argue against social proof, particularly when it comes to retail. When people flock to an item, whether it’s Canada Goose winter jackets or Kanye West’s Yeezys, it only causes more stir for these coveted products.
Enter: State Bags — the socially conscious bag company that’s become so popular they can’t even keep their top-selling bags in stock.
Classic look, rugged construction, great for organizing: There is so much to like about State backpacks purely from a form and function standpoint.
The Bedford backpack from State Bags is one of the most understated, stylish options on the market which still manages to fit anything you could possibly need.
At $160 this isn’t a cheap book bag that’s going to fray and tear and send your valuables tumbling into the street or onto the floor of the subway car. It’s stylish enough to go with a suit, and useful enough to go anywhere you need it.
The Bedford’s laptop sleeve fits up to a 15-inch model, and the main compartment is roomy enough for your books or sneakers. The front compartment has great organizational pockets that can fit your tablet, phone, chargers, and other personal items. The side pockets are perfect for a 17-ounce water bottle. The saddle leather detailing gives the Bedford a classy visual upgrade, and the rugged nylon body is durable and water-resistant.
Unfortunately, the demand for this bag is crazy, but it doesn’t stop us from wanting one. The catch? You have to sign up for the waitlist for State to let you know when one’s ready for you.
If you can’t handle the wait (we get it), the Kent backpack is another brand-favorite bag and has the same silhouette as the Bedford just a different finish. Opt for the coated canvas which dresses up the otherwise classic bag. You’ll still benefit from the same generous storage.
And the best part of all? For every single bag sold, State supports American children and families in need. State is famous for its bag-drop rallies, in which fully-packed backpacks are donated to kids in need.
Go on social media and look up #WhatDoWeTellTheKids, State’s company initiative. The company has taken its increased visibility and used it to fight social injustice and help people in need. So in a way, all of those State backpacks you see are a quiet flex by people who know their money is being used for good. That alone makes State backpacks well worth time on a waitlist.
Even in this click-and-buy world, some things are worth waiting for. Add the State backpacks to that list.