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The Transport Rucksack
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The Transport Rucksack
The Transport Rucksack
The Transport Rucksack
Product Details
What goes into the backpack version of our signature rich leather carryall? Here it is by the numbers... 3 ways to carry it: single strap, both straps or by the sturdy top handle. 4 pockets: one outside and three inside, making it oh so easy to stash your essentials. 24: the number of hours in a day that this bag looks cool. How often you'll reach for this one? 500 gazillion times.  
  • Made of Italian 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.
  • Collar stud closure.
  • 3 interior pockets.
  • 4" handle drop.
  • 14 3/5"H x 10 3/5"W x 7"D.
  • Import.

The Transport Rucksack

The Transport Rucksack is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 28701.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent daily commuting bag I've been using this bag for my commute for the past two months. It's holding up beautifully. It's relatively lightweight compared to similarly sized backpacks and the main compartment is roomy. I haven't experienced any issues with staining. Stylish + practical!
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 30 years old or 60 years old..timeless and practical style This is the second time that I have bought this rucksack. Both were gifts. One was for a 30 year old and the other a 60 year old who said that she wanted one for herself. Both use it all of the time. Both love the style. Solidly constructed, very useful and style works for them both. LOVE IT!
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Leather Backpack I love this bag. I agree with other reviews that the leather is quite stiff when first purchased but now that I've had it for a couple of weeks (using it almost everyday), the leather has now started of soften up and is looking great. It's quite a large bag, it can fit a lot of items. Perfect for travelling and for work everyday. I mainly use it for work - to pack my lunch and wallet, beanie, gloves etc. It not too casual but it's not too dressy so it's the great in between bag. There's a large zip pocket inside which can fit a lot of items as well as the two smaller pockets for your phone etc. Overall, for the price I think it's a great bag. I know there's a lot of leather backpacks to choose from these days but for this price point I think you receive great value for money. I hope that the backpack will last me a long time to come!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally! I have been looking at this for awhile now, I was disappointed that the black was on back order till July 2016 however i put in my order and got it a week ago. If you want this don't wait buy it and then you'll be able to get it before it sells out again & your card doesn't actually get charged until it ships! I got the black, the English Saddle color is beautiful but I've seen what happens when it gets wet & i am picky about stains, the black doesn't quite look as nice but it won't stain, and matches everything I have already. The leather isn't too thick or too thin so i think it'll last and it isn't as heavy as it would be with really thick leather. It fits a lot, sits comfortably on my back jam packed or barely full. I'm glad i got chose this as i hate carrying stuff and it is convenient to have 2 hands in NYC. If you are thinking about this get it. It's kinda awesome! Ge the matching key fob.
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! I've been eying this backpack for months, and when I started developing back pain from carrying my books and research in my purse, I decided it was time to buy it. It is even more soft and beautiful in person. I thought it would be stiff because it kind of looks that way in the photos, but it's extremely soft and carries a lot. It is elegant and grown-up. It does not have the gap in the back that people mentioned. I can carry my laptop, numerous books and notebooks, makeup bag, wallet, and much more in it. So worth it.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carries everything i need I bought the brown one as a gift to myself. When i first got the backpack i though it was little large but its actually a perfect size. Holds everything i need, clean well made and keeps me organized.
Date published: 2016-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You're Perfect, I Love You I lusted after this bag since I first saw it and have finally made it mine! I have the camel/cognac color (that nearly all of my leather goods are in) and it's wearing in nicely one month in - though I'm curious how it will fare over the summer in the sun and humidity. So far it is everything I expected: roomy, durable, comfortable and beautiful. Somehow it's ruined purses for me, I feel ridiculous slinging a bag over one shoulder but the backpack feels fresh and chic. I'm so glad I finally invested in it, if you're not sure if you should too - I'd recommend a hundred times YES.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece for the cost This is a beautiful backpack. I purchased the tan, and the leather is very rich, making it appear like a far more expensive piece. I have gotten numerous compliments on it. The only thing I would change is the size. This would be far more useful piece if it were slightly larger with a separate laptop compartment.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great backpack! I have this in the oxblood colour to go with the big weekender bag. This makes it a great set! I always get compliments when I wear it. I didn't have any discomfort with this bag as others have reported. I love the colour and the overall feel of this bag. I've used it to store make-up and toiletries for weekend trips or just as a cool purse when I'm running errands around the city. The smaller pocket in the front is great for my keys and other frequent go-to items. This was a great purchase!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpack I've been looking for a sophisticated backpack to wear around NYC while I'm with my kids. This backpack is wonderful. I do not have the gap problems that others report
Date published: 2015-10-16
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