Who can say for sure which company was the first to bring back the lash tab and slap it on a backpack? Seemingly overnight, every satchel around had adopted that slashed leather square.
One definite face of the movement: Vancouver-based knapsackers Herschel Supply Company, which makes their newest offering, a decidedly lash tab-less collab with footwear designer Kim Kiroic, unrecognizable in a very refreshing way.
The line is called KKtP (the name of Kiroic’s design house) and includes a strap-copious backpack called the Retreat, a boxier, smaller option called the Rolltop and a messenger bag called the Odell Messenger. Improving on previous offerings that were built a bit more for the city than the mountains, the KKtP packs are made from water-resistant polycoat fabric, with generous storage options, pack-down capabilities and a new (rubber) tab bringing it all home.
The packs come in bright blue, white and gray, but we really like the all black.