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Grafea – Leather Backpack | Review

posted by on 30/08/2011

Backpacks are without a doubt my favourite type of bag as they are by far the most comfortable type to carry. For me personally, equallly balancing the weight between both your shoulders means avoiding the excruciating shoulder pains. Win. I’m sure you’ve all noticed the past year’s trends of nice canvas bags, well I’m bored of them. It’s become too common with all the high street retailers recreating their own ones and the vintage ones popping up everywhere. More on the reverse.

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ASOS Marketplace | Grafea | Grafea on Marketplace

So I’ve been on the hunt for a full tan leather backpack for just over a year, always priced out of them as I refuse to spend more than £200 on a bag that’s more than likely to touch the surface of an underground train. When you’re stuck on the train during rush hour, you have no choice but to drop your bag in between your legs to create more space for others. Annoying I know, I usually like to keep my back on just to prevent any overly touchy feely folks getting close to me. There are some right weirdos on the train.

Brand History

If I’m honest, I really don’t have a clue about the brand. I randomly ventured onto one of my clients (ASOS) micro site/ebay-esque marketplace for b sellers and independent brands & boutiques to sell their goods on. Grafea is one of them and this bag caught my eye straight away. The tan leather! The Manchester-basde company founded in 2005 produce a unique range of full grain leather bags that illustrate their love for natural materials and natural earthy colours.

The Backpack

Let’s start off with my favourite feature – fully tan leather. It’s not cheap leather either, I was slightly worried by the price tag but it seems fine after 2 weeks of wear and tear and rainy weather conditions. It’s really nice finished and the construction is delightful. Yes it’s a bit big but I intentionally went for the large size backpack because of my lifestyle. I always have my Macbook Pro + SLR and sometimes a few lenses/work MacBook Pro. Yes you read right, all that on my shoulders but in a bag like this my back is fine. No idea how carrying all this weight will effect my back in the future, alas I’ll worry about that then. Right now everything is fine, all my essentials fit in perfectly and I look stylish whilst transporting it to and from work. The craftsmanship is simply remarkable. Boom.

Pros:

-    Spacious
-    Fully leather
-    Construction
-    Zipped back pocket – perfect for books, easy access on the London Underground

Cons:

-    Slightly worried about the leather in the long term, it’s a little stained from the rain already. I do believe leather bags look even better with the more ‘vintage‘ look though.

Overall

I’m pretty happy with my purchase, it’s a little pricey for me anyway – £150 but I think it’s worth it. I haven’t seen many like this around so I quickly pressed buy on Marketplace. I’ve had at least a dozen or so folks ask me where I bought my backpack from, most times I bite my tongue and just say ‘on holiday‘ but caring is sharing right? Here you go – click here to buy for £150 on ASOS Marketplace. Just don’t wear it near me, in the words of Cher Lloyd…SWAGGER JAGGERS! I’ll leave ya’ll with a few more photographs.