Up for Grabs:  Stylish backpack from Ark Clothes  #b2sspree

Up for Grabs: Stylish backpack from Ark Clothes #b2sspree

School is starting back soon (mine have already started!) and the list of school supplies they need is LONG.  Notebooks, pens, highlighters…not to mention the new clothes, shoes and back to school haircuts.  One thing my kids and I always struggle with buying is new backpacks.  They want something stylish but I want something that is going to be functional.   I was recently sent a backpack from Ark Clothing to try out and if your kids are as picky about ‘style’ as mine are, I think this is a pack they will like.

Ark is all about fashion and creating styles that are hip yet functional.  Their products are inspired by the past in terms of  colors, graphics and even materials.  Most of their ideas lean towards the 70’s but a few 1980’s concepts have made their way into the lineup as well.  Ark Clothes offers everything from clothing and jackets to jewelry and accessories.  They have an extensive collection of vintage bags to choose from as well.  Whether you are looking for a small clutch, laptop sleeve or backpack, their bags are all really hip in terms of material, colors, and design.

For my review, I received the Alpine Bag in green.  (the same model as the one shown above in Khaki…it also comes in black) It is 100% thick weave canvas, with real leather-like (aka vinyl) accents.  This is a rugged looking pack that seems to yell both ‘urban’ and ‘rustic’ at the same time.  Here are a few of the key features of this bag:

  • Heavy duty distressed looking canvas
  • Plenty of storage for laptops or books
  • Antique brass fittings
  • Grommet headphone cord access and hidden flap pocket
  • Easy snap access hidden under vintage-looking buckles

So, my opinion:  The first thing I noticed about this bag is how sturdy the material is. It is extremely thick and I think it will stand up nicely to entire year of my kid throwing it around the bus!  The straps are very heavy weight and are a pin in hole style closure similar to a belt.  There is a pocket on the lower front of the pack that would work well for pens, pencils, calculators, etc.  The large main section is extremely roomy and has a drawstring closure to keep things inside if it gets turned upside down.  There is another pocket on the inside of the top flap that is zippered and would be good for keys, money, and cell phone.

Alpine Backpack from Ark Clothes

 

This pack is designed to be retro in nature which means it doesn’t have the modern zipper compartments, bungee cords, velcro, etc.  There is also no padding on the straps.  While I don’t think this would be a good fit for a small child, I do think it would work well for a hip (or  hip wanna be) college kid or someone that doesn’t have HUGE loads to carry around all day.

I love the look of this pack and it seems like it is extremely well made.  I think it will hold  up well to a lot of wear and tear and allow the person wearing it to look less ‘studious’ and more ‘cool’ than they would with a traditional modern looking pack.

WIN IT:

Ark Clothing has given me permission to give one of my readers the pack shown above in their choice of color.  Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway ends at midnight EST on August 31st, 2012.
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Comments

  1. I learned that they sell wholesale.

  2. beth hoppe says:

    Each jacket is slightly different from the others

  3. Kelley Johnsen says:

    They are inspired by the past and look towards past decades for our colors, graphics and even materials

  4. They will pay the shipping back to you if you’re exchanging a clothing item for a different size

  5. nannypanpan says:

    i learned they sell wholesale
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  6. Renea Greathouse says:

    They are environmentally and morally aware.

  7. Jenny Stanek says:

    I learned this company originated in 1995

  8. I really like the Ark Gold Fish Retro Brass Necklace

  9. They will reimburse customs fees.

  10. Theresa J says:

    They started around 1995

  11. nataly carbonell says:

    Well I learned they have some really goodVintage products and it is retro inspired

  12. Founded in 1995 by Noah when he was still in college.

  13. I learned that they also sell some really cool brass jewelry.

  14. They have lots of cute retro styles.

  15. i learned they have a cool space invaders bag.

  16. They atarted in around 1995.

  17. Jessica Rose says:

    I learned that they carry Recycled Leather Vintage Jackets

  18. I learned they have lots of great stuff! The retro jewelry craps me up!

  19. elven johnson says:

    Arks motto is that, we’re all in the same boat.

  20. they have vintage jackets

  21. Digna Dreibelbis says:

    I learned that they carry retro inspired clothing and an accessory line that aims at global domination and the enslavement of all those who don’t agree with our aesthetic and philosophy!

  22. I learned that they sell jewelry as well

  23. Hello, I learned their product emphasis is retro. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  24. jodi lasher says:

    I learned it’s mostly retro style.. Thanks

  25. Michelle T says:

    I learned they recycle leather! So loving the leather jackets!

  26. Jessica B says:

    That you can get this bag in Blue (and if I don’t win – I think I’m going to have to order anyway – my daughter will LOVE it!)

  27. I learned they have hassle free returns!

  28. I love a good, well made product. We go through so many backpacks, the boys a rough on them. What a good addition.

  29. Trasina McGahey says:

    I learned (and love) that they have “Reworked” leather jackets made from recycled leather from the 70s and 80s.

  30. Serena Powell says:

    I learned that “Our stock levels update approximately every few days, this does mean that an item may appear to be in-stock but may not be available.”

  31. I like the concept of Recycled Leather! They re-purpose leather to make unique one of a kind leather jackets. I am glad my Micheal Jackson disco jacket has a new use!

  32. They were started in 1995, they have got cool designs

  33. Jacqui Odell says:

    I learned the sell wholesale!

  34. That they have lots of cool patterns!

  35. Sherry S. says:

    They have hassle free returns and they sell wholesell.

  36. glori johnson says:

    it likes the vintage look

  37. I learned they craft from vintage inspiration!

    elizabethglassturner (at) gmail (dot)com

  38. I learned that I really want the http://www.arkclothes.com/space-invader-travel-bag/ bag!

  39. ron marsh says:

    A portion of their jewelry line are brass items

  40. It’s a great site! Love the vintage and retro lines and all-over feel! Learned that the founder is Noah {love the name} and that the motto of this brand is “we’re all in the same boat”! love that!!

  41. learned that they carry vintage jackets

  42. I learned that they sell very stylish retro vintage clothing and other items.
    Thanks for the chance.

  43. I learned that although they use vinyl to make their bags, they try to balance the use of the dreaded crude oil by also creating products, wherever possible, from re-cycled materials.

  44. I learned that they offer hassle-free returns.

  45. I learned that they have hassle free returns

  46. Founded in 1995

  47. I love this! I have a messenger bag with the same style material and color.

  48. I learned (and love) that they have “Reworked” leather jackets made from recycled leather from the 70s and 80s.

  49. I learned that they have some cute Yellow Submarine jewelry!

  50. Joanne Gentry says:

    I love this concept!!! Ark Vintage These one-of-a-kind leather items are created by chopping up old 70′s and 80′s jackets and re-making them into unique, awesome pieces.

  51. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Vintage.retro style jackets

  52. They accept Solo.

  53. The alpine bag backpack comes in three different colors. It also has a hole for headphones cord. Ark Industries began around 1995.

  54. Learned they also have brass jewelry, and I NEED the polaroid camera necklace!

  55. All transactions are done via PayPal

  56. I learned that they make really cute cardigans! I love them!

  57. i learned that they try to balance their use of the dreaded crude by also creating products, wherever possible, from re-cycled materials also they were founded somewhere around 1995

  58. I learned they have hassle free returns & they accept Paypal

  59. learned they have ‘Reworked’ leather jackets made from recycled leather from the 70s and 80s.

  60. I learned that the Founder of ARK is named Noah, isn’t that just too neat?!

  61. Sherry Compton says:

    They will reimburse your fee if you have to pay one for customs

  62. Ron Casteel says:

    I learned that Ark’s first products were clothing made from second hand fabric and also re-worked vintage clothing.

  63. Rachel Clark says:

    I learned they have some really cute things.

  64. Paul T/Pauline T says:

    I learned they have hassle free returns – - – Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  65. I learned they have a nice jewelry selection. I like the animal themed pieces.

  66. christine jessamine says:

    i learned this company sells cute leather jackets!

  67. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    They are inspired by past decades

    greenday14fan@yahoo.com

  68. Shilo Beedy says:

    I learned that they also do wholesale

  69. Love that they have recycled leather jackets!

  70. Kasee Johnson says:

    I LOVE the Space Invaders Reporter Bag!! But I didn’t know that Space Invaders has been rated as the top arcade game ever – I thought that title would have gone to Mrs. Pac-man or Pac-man.

  71. micheal dale grim says:

    i learned they have a large selection of different products!!!

  72. Teresa Thompson says:

    Ark Industries began back in the dark ages, somewhere around 1995

  73. I learned that their leather jackets are created by cutting up vintage 70s and 80s jackets and reworking them.

  74. Lindsey Gain says:

    They have AWESOME jewelry, but the prices don’t make much sense. 28.99 with a special price of 35? lol

  75. Lisa Garner says:

    I learned that Ark’s philosophy or motto is that, we’re all in the same boat.

  76. The founder’s name is Noah

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