Published on October 3rd, 2015 | by Greg0
Victorinox Architecture Urban Corbusier: A Classy, Professional Backpack
The first day of school has come and gone, but for most of the working world, being brand new in a challenging new place can happen just about anytime. And while the high school cafeteria is a pretty challenging environment, the office break room, the company gym, and the after-hours mixer can be just as fraught. If you’re a professional- the sort who cards about what footwear they are putting on and perhaps has a selection of ties or belts to match- then you probably care about what you’re carrying. Briefcases are old school- certainly necessary if you’re a lawyer but a bit traditional if you’re not. Maybe the right backpack can blend the more casual modern workplace with the functionality and comfort you need.
That’s basically the aim of the Victorinox Architecture Urban series, and specifically the Corbusier Laptop Backpack. Every element of the design, from cosmetic to functionality, is geared towards young professionals who are tired of messenger bags, don’t need to carry cameras, but want to bring their laptop and perhaps a tablet with them. This is a bag so new that it doesn’t seem to be on the official site yet, but we’ve been testing it out over the past few weeks while commuting via bicycle and subway, wearing everything up toa full suit.
A few tricks help make it business appropriate- the real leather bands and buckles add a touch of formality, the dark grey color keeps it mature, the subtle branding make it classy. Missing are the mesh pockets on the sides of most bags in favor of zippered ones, and the overall effect connects to the militaristic Swiss Army past of the brand. It’s also not too large or bulky- sized ideally for a laptop like a Macbook Air rather than a 17-inch behemoth, the sleeve fits up to a 14″ model (and there is an extra slot capable of holding a 10” iPad, tablet or eReader as well). The exterior pockets feature water-resistant zippers to protect the contents, and the Nuwa fabric is eco-friendly as well as abrasion-resistant. There is more structure to the Urban Corbusier than your normal backpack (befitting the Architecture name), which means it keeps it’s form even when empty or only partially full.
The flipside of this: the Victorinox Corbusier is a little less flexible- you can’t readily stuff this bag full of a week’s worth of clothes and random extra and expect it all to fit. But the materials all feel premium, from the YKK zipper pulls to the lining. It’s not made for hiking or camping- there’s no hipbelt- but the straps are fairly comfortable and adjustable and the back of the bag is textured so that it won’t make you too sweaty (nor damage your jacket). Available now, online and in stores, expect to spend around $225 on the Victorinox Architecture Urban Corbusier backpack.