Image via Stroble New York

First off, yes, okay...spring spring spring, light colors, pastels, floral patterns, etc. I see how a waxed canvas black backpack might be a surprising choice at this turn of the seasons.

But I’m also a neutralist of sorts, and pragmatic when it comes to my totes—and just really into this backpack from Stroble New York, now available at Barneys.

Designer Christian Stroble’s line of utilitarian bags aren’t technically unisex, though I’d take one anyway. Styles are inspired by the military heritage from Stroble’s lineage, combined with Nicholas Alan Cope’s black-and-white photography and architectural lines and textures. Barneys picked up the line last year, recently expanding the collection into the Seattle market.

“I’m very excited to open up to the Seattle,” Stroble told me over email. “The brand definitely speaks to the variety of men in the area who lead active and unconventional creative lives. The spring collection, made from waxed twill, is water resistant so guys can enjoy taking it to the office or throwing it in the back of a trunk for a weekend trip. It’ll withstand the unpredictable weather conditions.”

Guys, if you’re with me on this atypical spring bandwagon, grab a pack at Barneys for $650.

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