Gastown is home to several shops that carry everything from commuter satchels to laptop bags and backpacks. Here’s just a few…

Rugged and functional at Nouvelle Nouvelle

When it comes to buying a new bag for work or school, the top concerns are generally space and style. The Filson rucksack serves both, as rugged and functional as it is handsome. With a large opening on top, it’s easy to pack and includes two large pockets on the front that can expand to fit more in. A third pocket on the back is open for quick access to maps or notes tucked inside. Adjustable straps in bridle leather add a touch of class and ensure comfort.

The Filson Rucksack in Black.

Fluevog delivers his own design with the Rocky High


While most people immediately envision a whole host of creative kicks when they hear the name Fluevog, John also creates some incredible bags. The Rocky High Briefcase is one, personally designed by John Fluevog and handmade in Mexico by a company that specializes in saddlebags. The Rocky High uses full grain American leathers and marine grade thread commonly found in sails. Tanned with high-grade oils and preservatives to protect it from dryness and moisture, this is one bag designed for year round use in Vancouver.

Take in the ‘classics’ at M0851


The small Hockey Bag in Pacific Blue.

When you’ve got a lot of gear, there’s nothing like a hockey bag. This rectangular based bag is an upscale take on the standard puck-ready pack, offering adjustable handles, an exterior zippered pocket and side slot pockets on the inside. It’s a great travel bag for times when you’ve got to hit the road for work, but still want to look stylish. M0851 prides itself on achieving a natural balance between craftsmanship and modern technology, conceiving and crafting every one of its products in their own Montreal workshops.

KankenOrlingBackpacks pop up in Orling & Wu

Originally created in a small cellar space on the coast of Sweden, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks and laptop bags are now sold in all corners of the world. Orling & Wu have brought the colourful and functional line to Gastown in a limited time pop up within their store. Made from hardwearing vinylon fabric, the classic Kånken backpack offers unmatched accessibility, with a zipper that opens the entire main compartment. Simple shoulder straps and a handle on top make them comfortable and a reflective logo on the front is perfect for the dark days of winter. Be sure to check them out before they’re gone!

The Kånken backpack in Frost Green. 

Rowan Sky carries the perfect commuter bag for cyclists


Commuting cyclists need to carry everything for school or work on their back, regardless of the weather. For them, Rowan Sky offers up the Brooks Pickwick Backpack. The Pickwick is a water-resistant cotton canvas roll-top pack manufactured in the hills of Tuscany by Italian artisans. It features waterproof zips, a necessity for those commuting without the cover of an umbrella, and a couple of hidden pockets that keep your belongings safe while not marring the sleek appearance. Rowan Sky carries a variety of bags beyond the Brooks line, so be sure to drop by for the full selection.

The Pickwick in Mud Grey.