Among the many delights of fall is the opportunity to wear plaid. This colorful, perennially preppy but rather warm fabric is only appropriate when the weather truly turns. However, it can be tricky for the novice, a whole coat might look cartoonish, a waistcoat, too gardener-from-Downton Abbey. As is usual with such a classic but potentially quirky material, British designer Paul Smith provides the perfect solution.
This rucksack is a sturdy, leather-edged design from the menswear collection for fall, though it could fall comfortably into the 1970s hangover category, “unisex.” The fabric is from the studios of Maharam, the American company specializing in beautiful, traditionally woven furnishing fabrics for interiors. Paul Smith has collaborated several times over the years with Maharam and this rucksack represents a perfect marriage of tradition and style. Wear it with a Crombie coat and brogues or a parka and sneakers. Easy.
Rucksack: $960 paulsmith.co.uk