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The Somerset Backpack
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The Somerset Backpack
The Somerset Backpack
Product Details
Fun fact: The top-quality Italian leather used to make this backpack is washed, lightly waxed and then massaged by hand in order to soften it up. Take that, add an easy drawstring closure and a handy interior zip pocket and you've got a new hands-free favorite in the making.
  • Made of vegetable-tanned leather that burnishes with wear into a beautiful patina.
  • Please note: As it is made of a natural material, each bag varies slightly in texture and color.
  • Drawstring closure.
  • Interior pocket.
  • 12 1/2"H x 15"W x 6 1/4"D.
  • Import.
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The Somerset Backpack

The Somerset Backpack is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Perfect size; perfect weight; perfect elegance. I wanted a leather, drawstring backpack that was not overwhelming in size or weight but large enough to transport a reasonable amount of items. In addition, I was looking for a “clean” design that did not make me a walking advertisement. I also prefer no fabric lining, which might wear poorly over time. This backpack provided for all my needs.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Weekend causal bag I use this on the weekends while I’m running around town doing errands or shopping. It’s so easy to carry and the size is just right. Not too big or small. I echo previous reviewer’s request to madewell; please make this in the saddle color!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Great bag. I got this for an upcoming trip and am so glad I did. I’m normally not one to carry a handbag but this bag is so simple and classic, plus it pairs well with almost everything. I’ve already received several compliments. The bag is a great size, I can easily fit a water bottle, wallet, book, and other accessories with plenty of room for more. The zipper pouch inside provides a good spot for valuables that I want to be more secure. At first I was concerned that the drawstring closure wouldn’t be secure enough but it holds well and so far doesn’t come undone on its own. Overall, a great purchase that I’m sure will age beautifully.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The practically perfect backpack I have got to say that this bag is as advertised. For starters, the nautural leather is beautiful. It is as soft as they say and it is still perfectly suited to hold up well. I had my initials burnished onto this bag which makes this perfectly simple backpack specifically unique to me. I like that. I also really appreciate Madewell keeping their label on the inside pocket. It’s lack of bulky hardware makes this backpack an instant classic and was one of the main reasons I was attracted to it. The easy shape and superb craftsmanship of this bag is above and beyond. I’m sure it will be favorite for years to come.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential pack I've been eyeing backpacks like this for awhile now and I finally pulled the trigger. I'm so happy with it! It doesn't feel like I'm schlepping things around, but is still large enough to get away with a lot in there. Really soft leather and the straps are long enough even for a tall lady like me. Looking forward to rocking this for spring/summer.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very practical Love the size comfort, very light, color is great for spring/summer I won’t change any thing about it, just perfect backpack. Stylish and also perfect for Disney World too
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Wear I've been eyeing this bag for a while and finally decided to give it a whirl - NO R E G R E T S! It's a great size and compliments a casual or professional style. This bag has adjustable straps and an inner zip pocket. The only closure is the cinched closer shown in the picture, but I've not had any problems with the bag staying closed. Have received hecka compliments from the young and the old.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, easy and stylish This is my new go-to bag. I was hesitant based on the price, but it holds so much stuff and feels like it weighs zero pounds even when full. Colors may rub off on it a bit, which is to be expected with real leather.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Where the English Saddle? I love the feel of this backpack, the look, and the versatility of it too. But the only thing that wrong is that there isn’t a English Saddle option in this large size... only in the smaller version... Hopefully later on in spring and maybe early summer they will make it in English saddle *cough cough wink wink nudge nudge*
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Scratches I really like the style and look of this bag, but as I was unwrapping it my (short) fingernail (lightly) ran across the bag and left scratch mark. If it scratches that easily, what is it going to look like after I throw it around in the car, or at home etc? I'm too nervous, I'll probably return it.
Date published: 2018-04-24
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