Best Bet: Pack It In

For the first time, the lightweight and refreshingly simple backpacks from Swedish outdoor company Fjallraven (f-yall-raven) are available here — right now at Opening Ceremony ($80; 35 Howard St., nr. Broadway; 212-219-2688), and in a few weeks at J.Crew. The boxy design, based on the original pack launched in the seventies, comes in over twenty colors and is made from durable Vinylon — just as crucial to the city commuter as it is to the teenager headed back to school. It’s also available in a mini size ($60) for younger kids or lighter loads.

The Best Bet [NYM]