One minimalist philosophy of gift giving says that kids should get something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read, and the bright summery backpacks from Pavement fall into almost all those categories. As for something to read? They can put that something in their new backpack.
Pavement carries gear for the sorts of kids and teens that exist in abundance these days: on-trend and infinitely more stylish than their parents ever were. These are kids with perfectly sunbleached highlights, and they always look like they’re off to meet their mate, Kate Moss at a music festival.
Even Kate would be envious of the Tropical Backpack ($34.95) by Nonsense. It’s got all the tropical things: exotic birds, flowers, fruit, printed in cloudy pastels on a white background. At 36cm high, it’s on the wee side for a school bag, but it’s perfect for carrying summer excursion essentials: sunnies, a lolly bag, a book to read on the beach.
The Wildest Dreams Backpack ($49.95) embraces neutral tones with its natural canvas, white embroidery and tan leather piping. Combined with a pair of distressed denim shorts and a macrame vest, this embroidered backpack makes for the ultimate noughties flower child outfit.
Even accessories need accessories, and Pavement carries some lovely pencil cases that can carry writing implements or really any bits and bobs kids like to tote with them. We love the colourful Embroidered Mirrors Pencil Case ($34.95) with its many tassels and pom poms. For something more fun, the Pineapple Pencil Case ($22.95) will have kids daydreaming of the summer that was.
Backpacks, pencil cases and a plethora of other impossibly cool gear is available on Pavement’s website, and shipping is free in Australia for orders over $50.