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By Jo Phillips

Swedish bag creator Sandqvist greets the FW18 season with a range of backpacks designed for maximum style and durability. Constructed using only 100% organic cotton sourced directly from farmers and recycled fibres recovered from post-consumer waste, the brand’s bags are not only long-lasting, but moreover ethical. You can shop Sandqvist backpacks at Urban Excess.

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About the brand: Sandqvist visit their suppliers to confirm that they comply with the Fair Wear Foundation code of labour practices, ensuring everybody in the process earns a living wage in a safe and reasonable working environment. Their aftermarket service includes commonly-used spare parts and they have a carry-in repair shop in Stockholm.

The range: Sandqvist’s elegant and simple bags provide function with streetwear style, making them practical as well as an effortless accessory. Their smaller backpacks come in a range of blues, and reds, and more neutral tones. These are ideal for work or leisure and have hidden side-zipper pockets as well as practical sleeves inside for phones and laptops.

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The brand’s mini backpacks are also available in a selection of colours including pastel pinks, greens, blues and greys, incorporating soft shoulder straps and an alternative tote handle on the curved top making them comfortable to carry. The inner laptop / smartphone sleeve is big enough for most 15” screens, making them a useful gift in the run up to Christmas. Their larger backpacks continue with the theme while also being suitable for day hikes across valleys and into mountains. As with their other range, this incorporates laptop sleeves, drawstring closures with lids and water-resistant finishes to meet their standard that street gear must be both beautiful and practical.

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However, beyond their now famous backpacks, Sandqvist has an awesome range of wallets, phone pouches, shoulder bags and briefcases also available for purchase at Urban Excess. Avant-garde Swedish styling meets long-lasting gear with Sandqvist – give someone a practical yet memorable present this year with a Sandqvist bag!

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