Big bags are this season's most practical accessory. Some models are designed to move specialized stuff, like 12-inch vinyl or skateboards, while others just look excellent. They can be expensive, but you might be willing to cough up the cash for something you use every day for years. NOW scoured the streets to find some of the best.
Our criteria? Big enough to pack (at least!) a binder and two texts, so good-looking you never want to take it off. And tough. Lithium's grey Knowledge (1) rings in at $91 at The Mothership (the new location, 831 Queen West, opened mid-September, 416-535-8618; 670 College closes at the end of the month).
Fuct's skateboarding bag (2) offers vast potential ($110, So Hip It Hurts, 323 Queen West, 416-971-6901).
Snug's must-have Wax DJ bag (3) is selling out fast. Noise still has lots ($107, 275 Queen West, 416-971-6479).
Clive's packs are stunners (4, $156, Noise). Freshjive's Complex backpack (5) lives up to its name ($92, The Mothership).
Hairy Carry's Wish You Were Here (6) takes you where you want to be ($80, soon at Butterfield 8, 235 Danforth, 416-406-5664; and Red Pegasus, 628 College, 416-536-3872).
Snug has finally made a skateboarding bag (7, $90 at Noise), featuring a removable rigid insert to grip your board's wheels (hint: the board in our shot is in backwards).
Baba Designs' Commuter bag moves (8, $45 at Melonhead, 3215 Yonge, 416-483-7010).
Gravis has deep pockets (9, $120, Vice, 383 Queen West, 416-596-0558).
Turquoise stands out in Etnies' hot pack (10, $68, Noise).
Baba's Circuit Commuter (11) takes the twee out of tweed ($75, Lilith, 541 Queen West, 416-504-5353).
Mountain Equipment Co-op has really well-made gear at solid prices.
The Belay climbing bag (12) is a very sweet deal at $39 (400 King West, 416-340-2667).In the bag