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The Canvas Foldover Backpack
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The Canvas Foldover Backpack
The Canvas Foldover Backpack
The Canvas Foldover Backpack
Product Details
A carry-everywhere backpack that gives a nod to old-school army surplus bags (see: rugged canvas, utilitarian shape, roomy interior). The foldover top with its cool tab closure was inspired by vintage military style—we upgraded it with a hidden zip to make it even easier to grab that paperback you're reading.
  • Canvas.
  • D-ring closure.
  • Front pocket.
  • 8" handle drop.
  • 33 1/2" shoulder strap at longest.
  • 15"H x 12 1/2"W.
  • Import.
  • Select stores. 
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The Canvas Foldover Backpack

The Canvas Foldover Backpack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hippest baby bag around I wanted a backpack that could carry a couple of diapers, my wallet and phone but not make me feel like all I do is mom. This is the PERFECT choice - so nicely made, black but not true black, easy to get in and out of. The best part is that it makes me feel cool.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for College I'm obsessed with this backpack! It fits my 13 inch computer, a few folders, a small textbook, and a book with room to spare! I use it everyday in college and have had no trouble opening and closing it.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bag! I love everything about this bag! The contrast between the nubby, slightly worn look of the washed canvas and the luster of the warm saddle leather straps, the roominess of the interior, the perfect size and stand-away shape of the exterior pocket, the utility of the hidden zip. I don't even mind messing with the double-D ring closure --it just gives me more time to enjoy using this bag. I did make one change to it: I cut a 10.5 by 5 inch rectangle of very sturdy cardboard and fitted it in as a floor before I used the bag at all, to keep it from becoming misshapen and unevenly worn by heavy objects placed inside. Madewell, you might think about providing a floor for your flat-based bags and totes yourself. Otherwise, perfect!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy, cute, & useful This bag is such good quality and looks amazing (I got it in black). It's roomy but not bulky--large enough to fit my (relatively small) laptop or tablet, plus a notebook and book, plus whatever smaller stuff I need (wallet, keys, phone/charger, light sweater, even umbrella or water bottle, etc). The closure isn't bad at all, especially since you don't have to loop it through twice for it to reliably stay shut (I.e. if you just pull it once through the loops it's fine) and the front pocket can be used for cards/keys/whatever smaller stuff you need to access quickly. 10/10 would buy again
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stylish and practical This backpack is awesome! I always get so many compliments on it and love how simple and sturdy it is! I was worried about it being too small, but there is plenty of room and the straps are very comfortable on my shoulders. Such a great staple!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice bag- plan to use for a long time Excellent bag. I agree that the opening isn't ideal (especially if you need something quickly). Other than that, I'm a huge fan. The material seems very high quality, and the adjustable leather straps are a nice touch.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Light Backpack I bought this in the white and it's exactly what I wanted. I was worried the other colours would fade quickly or the dye would rub off on my clothes (I have no idea if this could even happen lol, better safe than sorry). I'm not sure why people are having problems opening and closing the fastening. It's a backpack not a handbag, any other backpack would require you to take it off your back to access the interior. I've opened mine numerous times now and it takes MAYBE 15seconds. Perhaps people are fastening it too tight. There is a weird zip that I didn't notice in the images, it sits in the crease of the fabric below where it folds. I'll call it the neck. You can access the contents from this zip, but it's weird and seems unnecessary. It's invisible though so no drama. I bought the bag for Uni when I only have 2 lessons, so it's great for a tablet, wallet, etc, and small water bottle. I have a larger proper backpack with many compartments for days I'll need more things.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Backpack for a Petite I am very petite and it is hard to find a backpack that isn't overwhelming but still holds enough. Large overly padded backpacks with wide straps make me look like a child, this one is the perfect size for me. The quality is exceptional, nice thick sturdy canvas, easy access, and with no dividers on the inside to waste space, it holds a lot. It is very comfortable and light feeling even when packed full and I love the sturdy narrow straps. I spent a little time and waxed the canvas myself and now it is beyond perfect.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the City I'm so happy with the size, design and look of this Madewell backpack. Great to have for small shopper items in Chicago--with its annoying 7-cent bag tax.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have for an everyday commuter or traveler! I coveted this bag for so long and after I finally got it, it was well worth the wait. I can fit so much (sometimes too much). For perspective, this is what I carry everyday: iPad/15” laptop, a book, 2 notebooks, usually a jean jacket for when it gets chilly, large water bottle, wallet, umbrella, and miscellaneous beauty products as well as my DSLR and large flash. It can be tricky to navigate through the bag but the middle zipper does help. I am going to be going to Hawaii for 2 weeks and this will be my go-to bag for the flight as well as all of my adventures!
Date published: 2018-05-19
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