Wondering what on earth to get your lovely girlfriend / best friend/ daughter for Valentine's Day?
(hint hint, you know who you are)
Here is the Harper Ave team's top 6 picks! We found some unique, thoughtful, and special gifts for every budget:
1. Harper Ave pink Takashi backpack! A creamy pink backpack with see-through clear PVC sides and turquoise lining. Perfect for the jet setter, designer, commuter, student, mom, and gym / yoga/ soul cycle junkie. $209.00
2. Handmade Marshmallows! Spend a romantic night in front of the fire and upgrade your s'mores to a whole new level! This pretty gift set of super fluffy marshmallows includes mango, raspberry, vanilla bean, and espresso flavors. $46.00
3. Cozy Pink Scarf! Keep her warm and always thinking of you with a constant reminder wrapped around her! We love this super soft and lightweight scarf by Donni Charm. $79.00
4. Retro 7 speed Dutch bicycle! A most thoughtful Valentine's day gift for any girl, this 7 speed (aka easy to ride uphill) step through (aka you can ride in a skirt!) vintage style bike by Retrospec in coral is also a steal and comes with the lights, vegan leather trim, bag rack, and a bell! A romantic and fun surprise for your lady, were obsessed! $349.00
5. Diamond Hexagon Ring! Not ready to get "the" ring? Then get her "a" ring like this dainty little pave diamond and 14k yellow gold ring by Sydney Evan. $1,280.00
6. Homemade Marshmallow Recipes! This book first captured our hearts when we came across it at a little shop in and realized the actual cover itself was squishy. Beautiful and unique recipes for making marshmallows at home! $13.43
We hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!
Backpack to the Future -> How backpacks have evolved from just a bag to a comfortable, convenient and stylish fashion must-have!
The term “backpack” was coined in the United States in the early 1900’s referring to a simple pack fitted with straps that keeps the pack on the wearer’s back. Other words like “Rucksack” or “knapsack” have Germanic origins. Originally used for hiking and climbing and other outdoor activities they’ve since evolved into a utilitarian fashion item. Many backpacks were also used by the military to carry supplies and among the main types of backpacks these more often included wood frames to help distribute the weight to the hips in order to relieve the shoulders, especially with heavier loads.
Backpacks made their way into everyday modern life with their usefulness to kids lugging their heavy books to and from school. Kids’ school bags were often just briefcase-style leather bags with a single strap thrown over the shoulder. Such bags have been in use since at least the 1910’s but throughout the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s we saw a boom in design. Backpacks, especially for students, became marketing tools with kids’ brands making bags with popular characters. For adults there was a much wider variety of styles depending on the occasion whether it was for outdoors, school, work or play.
As backpacks became more of a necessity for many on-the-go people it opened up for designers to begin creating luxury versions. Though many of these designer backpacks looked great many were more for show than for use. Often people traded style for comfort or comfort for style.
We’ve taken a mixed approach to blend design with utility, luxury with comfort. Our designs are based on the works of great artists and architects who’ve themselves done the same with their works. Using simplicity and balance in design and a range of colors, materials and fabrics we’ve developed a line of truly designer backpacks.
Whether you like bright colors like our Takashi or Vermeer, bold solids like our Mies or Le Corb or you want the soft cream of our Farnsworth or Cyclades, you’ll love the design, the comfort, the roominess and the luxury of each Harper Ave backpack.
Why do I love my Harper Ave leather backpack with clear sides? Let me count the ways
Clear backpacks are not only super cute and trendy, but utilitarian. Since our bags are large you can fit a lot into them, as we often carry everything from phone, keys, a change of clothes, makeup and toiletries to school gear, yoga clothes, shades, and likely half of that cronut we had with our almond latte this morning that we’re going to devour once we reach our destination.
This leads us to our first reason we love a clear backpack…
When you’re about to hop on the metro, key-card yourself into work, answer that ringing phone or get the keys to open the door before you get completely soaked - then it helps to have a backpack with clear sides. Instead of rummaging through a mountain of personal things or doing the ol’ upside down dump of everything on the floor you can quickly scan both sides and with a little jiggle here and there to reshuffle and a hand inside to help forage, I’ve found you can quickly come to that all-important item and without breaking a sweat - or a nail!
Have you seen a clear backpack? They’re super fashionable as you don’t just have the color of the bag but you get these bits of color, without much detail, though the clear sides which ads a bit of flare on top of the color of the bag. It’s like you’ve stolen a Renoir and have it in your bag! You can even color-coordinate using your clear backpack as you can accentuate your blue-suede heels or your red designer jeans by dropping a nice piece of light fabric of the same or complimentary color into your bag and have it shine out of the see-though sides.
If you want to make a statement then you can use your Harper Ave Clear Backpack to showcase it. Drop a picture or a card in there, even using a little tape, and voila! – you’re letting everyone who passes have a peek at your statement whether it’s wishing them a Happy Holiday, showing your school pride, supporting your favorite cause or just giving those folks behind you a smile with some funny face you drew. This little thing you put in (as well as the color coordination) can also add that privacy on those days you don’t want to show everyone your sneakers and socks or your other more-personal items.
Who’d have thought that a Clear Backpack could be a conversation started but when you’re standing in line at the store or sitting on the train home? You’ll be surprised how a little peek at your bag or the title of the book inside it can provide that cute guy next to you with a great opener. We gals do often spend a lot of time on making ourselves look good but we also want guys to know that we’re more than just a pretty face. When he catches a glimpse of that book your reading or that statement you’re making or the color you’re coordinating then it provides instant ideas for making that otherwise awkward introductory comment. So don’t be surprised to have that tall handsome fella sitting next to you say “That’s a really cool backpack you’ve got” or “excuse me but I couldn’t help but notice that you read Hemmingway… I love Hemmingway!”. Besides, we want more than just a pretty face too!
PVC is a durable plastic/vinyl material which means that it will last and last taking that regular beating that many a backpack gets throughout the day. The waterproofing aspect means that you don’t have to worry about your things getting soaked while you can easily see what’s in your bag – mid-downpour. Harper Ave Clear Backpacks are designed to be long-lasting, tough bags with style and flare for girls on the go.
If you have reasons why you love your Harper Ave Designer Leather Backpack with Clear Sides then share it!
Picking the right Harper Ave Patent/Leather Backpack for this gift-giving holiday season.
We know that picking the right present for friends, family, or girlfriends can be tough so we’ve come up with a little guide to help choose the right backpack.
Although people have many styles and personal tastes we’ve done our best to match the designs, colors and styles of our designer backpacks to certain personalities.
(Holiday Hint: Use her new Harper Ave backpack as a fire-side stocking stuffer to put other gifts inside. it would quite literally be the gift that keeps giving! :)
Soft, Organic, Earthy & Lover of Neutrals
For the gal who is most comfy in jeans and a t-shirt or sandals and sundress, who loves style and comfort, we suggest our Le Corb backpack as it has a great amount of space, including the handy exterior quick retrieval pocket, as well as a warm grey patent with soft natural leather back panel and sky-blue lining. It’s an neutral and organic mixture of style and utility.
Dark, Defined, Elegant
For the ladies who love to wear black, we recommend our two elegant black patent backpacks:
The Mies features black patent with soft cream leather side panels and a natural leather back panel and side pocket. This classy backpack goes from casual to dress-up and provides all of the comfort and space that a gal needs.
Our fierce Kazuyo black patent backpack features similar black patent front with white trim on top of a soft natural leather back panel as well as see-through side panels. Perfect for the girl who loves elegance with a bit of flare.
Artsy, Outgoing, Colorful & Free Spirited
For the gal who loves to stand out with a bit of color we have two bright and bold patent/leather backpacks to fit their style:
Our Takashi features pink patent with cream sides and warm natural and breathable leather back panel, straps, and details. It also comes with our popular quick retrieval side pocket – perfect for stowing phone, keys or makeup.
Our spunky Vermeer backpack goes bold with a beautiful glossy mustard patent over a warm natural leather back and features bright white side panels with both a quick retrieval side pocket and large secure front pocket for quick and safe storage of little items while offering plenty of backpack space for your larger items.
When in Doubt – Go Neutral!
When you’re not sure which style fits or you’re playing secret Santa then you’ll be safe and sound with either of our two cream patent/leather backpacks:
Our Cyclades patent/leather backpack features soft and luxurious cream front and sides with warm natural leather back panel, straps and details. It also has our quick retrieval side pocket and larger secure front pocket.
Our Farnsworth offers the balance of cream patent front and warm natural leather back, straps and details but stands out with clear peek-a-boo side panels and soft sky blue lining.
No matter which Harper Ave patent/leather backpack you choose we’re sure it will put a smile on their face this holiday and throughout the new year!