There're certain things from grade school you'll never forget: breaking in a new hacky sack, the elitist cliques that seem so trivial now, and what kind of Trapper Keeper you had...oh wait, you didn't have a Trapper Keeper? Yeahhhh, this clique probably isn't for you. Or finally redeem yourself, with a backpack from Herschel.
Just hitting Miami, Herschel's a handsomely simple line of bags that hearken back to the days when Jansport ruled the land and kids didn't have bags with wussy-ass wheels on them, crafted in Canada by the grandsons of a Scottish barrel-maker, who presumably worked very closely with the village monkey-maker. Things start good 'n nostalgic with the elegantly simple front-pocketed Pop Quiz, which comes in black or red with a classic faux-leather bottom (but gets sneakily updated with a laptop sleeve and top sunglass pocket), and the bigger Claim, with a large front pocket and a sweet striped lining inside a compartment that's top-loading, just like superior dreidel competitors. The line gets a little beefier with the Village, which rocks waterproof zippers and contoured shoulder straps, and the mountaineering-inspired Zippo with a super-reinforced top and bottom, and removable waist straps, which they call "Herschel's signature", which is great, because normally you have to pay Mr. Walker like $45 to sign your Beckett.
If you want to work out those pythons on the go, Herschel's also got the Ravine duffel, or the larger black, red, navy, or grey Novel, which is one thing you could call the concept of owning a binder without a Lamborghini Countach on the front and a sweet little pull-tab to open up the rings.