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Stanford Fashion & Culture
  BRIDGEHAMPTON LADIES BACKPACK       A: I like to carry around everything I need for the day without having to go back to my room. I end up carrying a lot of stuff and although this backpack looks compact, it is more spacious than it seems.     H: It fit my 15" laptop and is more comfortable than it looks, too. The backpack featured a wide drawstring opening with a cover flap, and it adds nice detail by adding a zippered pocket inside the flap. I loved the additional storing space in the flap! I used it for my keys, phone, wallet, and chapstick. It's so convenient.     A: The bag is perfectly waterproof and held out just fine even after a few days of biking in the rain, which is a plus for college students during the winter months. It is also quite multifunctional. It works well for class, a short hike, a day in the city, and even an overnight trip. Its design seemed to be an absolute hit, and the bag received positive comments wherever I went.     H: The versatility is my favorite aspect of the backpack - it can be used day and night, for work and play. I also liked how its aesthetic was fluid enough to fit both our personalities and styles, because it has a simple, classy design and depending on the context can be interpreted as “modern,” “chic,” “fierce,” “preppy,” “gothic,” etc.     A: However, closing the bag is not always convenient: the drawstring and magnetic clip worked well when the bag was mostly empty, but had a tendency to pop open when the bag was almost full. This also made it a little hard to grab stuff from the bag while walking or on the go.     H: I’m a little conflicted about how the main compartments in the bags have a drawstring because I like the security of zipped up pockets. I always think things are going to fall out, but I don’t think this is such a huge concern for these bags because they do have zipper compartments (the flap in the Bridgehampton and the two side pockets in the Roam) that you can use as extra security for small, important stuff.     PROS: tylish, versatile, compact, waterproof  CONS: losing can be inconvenient  FOR: asual users  NOT FOR: ravelers, moms, computer engineers  DEPENDS: ollege students (some students carry a butt ton of stuff, some don't)  OVERALL: reat for casual, stylish use in both work and play, but not ideal for travelers or for those seeking heavy functionality or lugging more than the minimum

Solo Bags Review

2016 FALL ISSUE

Solo is a brand based in New York City that produces high quality bags to fit the urban lifestyle. The company does not have a single aesthetic but instead creates different styles to cater to every unique individual. Solo chooses not to make its brand obtrusive by using a small subtle logo, letting the bag speak for itself and putting the person wearing it on the forefront.

 

Hillary, layout designer, and Armelle, illustrator, at MINT Magazine are both college students but have very different styles, and preferences when it comes to how much they like to carry around. Both tried out two of Solo's models for a month.

  BRIDGEHAMPTON LADIES BACKPACK       A: I like to carry around everything I need for the day without having to go back to my room. I end up carrying a lot of stuff and although this backpack looks compact, it is more spacious than it seems.     H: It fit my 15" laptop and is more comfortable than it looks, too. The backpack featured a wide drawstring opening with a cover flap, and it adds nice detail by adding a zippered pocket inside the flap. I loved the additional storing space in the flap! I used it for my keys, phone, wallet, and chapstick. It's so convenient.     A: The bag is perfectly waterproof and held out just fine even after a few days of biking in the rain, which is a plus for college students during the winter months. It is also quite multifunctional. It works well for class, a short hike, a day in the city, and even an overnight trip. Its design seemed to be an absolute hit, and the bag received positive comments wherever I went.     H: The versatility is my favorite aspect of the backpack - it can be used day and night, for work and play. I also liked how its aesthetic was fluid enough to fit both our personalities and styles, because it has a simple, classy design and depending on the context can be interpreted as “modern,” “chic,” “fierce,” “preppy,” “gothic,” etc.     A: However, closing the bag is not always convenient: the drawstring and magnetic clip worked well when the bag was mostly empty, but had a tendency to pop open when the bag was almost full. This also made it a little hard to grab stuff from the bag while walking or on the go.     H: I’m a little conflicted about how the main compartments in the bags have a drawstring because I like the security of zipped up pockets. I always think things are going to fall out, but I don’t think this is such a huge concern for these bags because they do have zipper compartments (the flap in the Bridgehampton and the two side pockets in the Roam) that you can use as extra security for small, important stuff.     PROS: tylish, versatile, compact, waterproof  CONS: losing can be inconvenient  FOR: asual users  NOT FOR: ravelers, moms, computer engineers  DEPENDS: ollege students (some students carry a butt ton of stuff, some don't)  OVERALL: reat for casual, stylish use in both work and play, but not ideal for travelers or for those seeking heavy functionality or lugging more than the minimum

BRIDGEHAMPTON LADIES BACKPACK

 

A: I like to carry around everything I need for the day without having to go back to my room. I end up carrying a lot of stuff and although this backpack looks compact, it is more spacious than it seems.

 

H: It fit my 15" laptop and is more comfortable than it looks, too. The backpack featured a wide drawstring opening with a cover flap, and it adds nice detail by adding a zippered pocket inside the flap. I loved the additional storing space in the flap! I used it for my keys, phone, wallet, and chapstick. It's so convenient.

 

A: The bag is perfectly waterproof and held out just fine even after a few days of biking in the rain, which is a plus for college students during the winter months. It is also quite multifunctional. It works well for class, a short hike, a day in the city, and even an overnight trip. Its design seemed to be an absolute hit, and the bag received positive comments wherever I went.

 

H: The versatility is my favorite aspect of the backpack - it can be used day and night, for work and play. I also liked how its aesthetic was fluid enough to fit both our personalities and styles, because it has a simple, classy design and depending on the context can be interpreted as “modern,” “chic,” “fierce,” “preppy,” “gothic,” etc.

 

A: However, closing the bag is not always convenient: the drawstring and magnetic clip worked well when the bag was mostly empty, but had a tendency to pop open when the bag was almost full. This also made it a little hard to grab stuff from the bag while walking or on the go.

 

H: I’m a little conflicted about how the main compartments in the bags have a drawstring because I like the security of zipped up pockets. I always think things are going to fall out, but I don’t think this is such a huge concern for these bags because they do have zipper compartments (the flap in the Bridgehampton and the two side pockets in the Roam) that you can use as extra security for small, important stuff.

 

PROS: tylish, versatile, compact, waterproof

CONS: losing can be inconvenient

FOR: asual users

NOT FOR: ravelers, moms, computer engineers

DEPENDS: ollege students (some students carry a butt ton of stuff, some don't)

OVERALL: reat for casual, stylish use in both work and play, but not ideal for travelers or for those seeking heavy functionality or lugging more than the minimum

  ROAM BACKPACK      A: The Roam Backpack features a straighter cut, more snug and closer to the back which seems to be in style lately. It had a tendency to fit less things than the Bridgehampton Ladies Backpack, but it closed more securely. I found that it was not as multifunctional as the Bridgehampton and was best used as an urban laptop backpack.     H: The pads on the back made it pretty comfortable, and even with a lot of stuff inside, it stayed pretty slim. I think you can fit bigger and longer stuff inside which might be good for college students. However, I didn't really enjoy how big it was. It might look good on tall people, but I am of slighter taller than average stature and I looked like a turtle.     A: The different materials were unique. However, they did not seem to hold up all that well in the rain. It would probably be best to give this bag a coat of waterproofing spray before using it, just to be safe.     H: The Roam was less fashionable and seemed more suited for school and for a certain type of look, since its size and aesthetic weren't as flexible.   

ROAM BACKPACK

 

A: The Roam Backpack features a straighter cut, more snug and closer to the back which seems to be in style lately. It had a tendency to fit less things than the Bridgehampton Ladies Backpack, but it closed more securely. I found that it was not as multifunctional as the Bridgehampton and was best used as an urban laptop backpack.

 

H: The pads on the back made it pretty comfortable, and even with a lot of stuff inside, it stayed pretty slim. I think you can fit bigger and longer stuff inside which might be good for college students. However, I didn't really enjoy how big it was. It might look good on tall people, but I am of slighter taller than average stature and I looked like a turtle.

 

A: The different materials were unique. However, they did not seem to hold up all that well in the rain. It would probably be best to give this bag a coat of waterproofing spray before using it, just to be safe.

 

H: The Roam was less fashionable and seemed more suited for school and for a certain type of look, since its size and aesthetic weren't as flexible.

 

 PROS: n line with the current trends, sized for laptops and textbooks, comfortable  CONS: ooked too big and not very multifunctional  FOR: tudents, computer engineers  NOT FOR: asual and quick outings like grabbing lunch  DEPENDS: rtists, designers depending on how many tools need to be lugged around  OVERALL: reat for comfortably carrying laptops and textbooks for on-campus use

PROS: n line with the current trends, sized for laptops and textbooks, comfortable

CONS: ooked too big and not very multifunctional

FOR: tudents, computer engineers

NOT FOR: asual and quick outings like grabbing lunch

DEPENDS: rtists, designers depending on how many tools need to be lugged around

OVERALL: reat for comfortably carrying laptops and textbooks for on-campus use