The Monterey Backpack

(5 customer reviews)

$245.00

Finally, a small, comfortable backpack that fits you perfectly

The brilliant design of the adjustable shoulder straps attached to the brass ring on the back allow the straps to slide to find their perfect fit on your shoulders.

Make a free-spirited yet sophisticated fashion statement on your next adventure.

• Hold your personal essentials hands-free at festivals or concerts
• Never tire from lugging around a bag on your next family day trip
• Keep your hands free next time you’re shopping

 

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Description

The Monterey Backpack Story

Our founder had the idea for a small, slouchy backpack on her mind for two years before coming up with the design for the Monterey Backpack.

She wanted to use soft leather to create a small, slouchy backpack that could take the place of a purse for women on the go.

The design blossomed when she started playing with the idea of using a large brass ring to bring everything together. Because the straps are looped around it, they glide across the ring and are able to adapt perfectly to the shoulders of whoever is wearing the backpack.

How it’s made

All of Urban Southern’s bags are made for women, by women, and this bag is no exception.

The pieces for the Monterey Backpack are cut one piece at a time from a full hide of our full grain, custom leather, and sewn together by Ruby and Brittany, our two-member production team right here in Tennessee.

We sustainably source the leather for this bag from a local tannery in Kentucky, and worked for over a year to perfect the weight, color and finish of the leather to bring you a bag that is as beautiful and durable as it is unique.

You’ll find the leather on this bag to be a bit softer and more relaxed than the leather on our other bags, while still maintaining the durability and quality you expect from Urban Southern. This treatment is used to support the Monterey’s relaxed, slightly slouchy design.

The little backpack that makes a big punch in fashion and function

The soft leather of this bag practically begs for you to touch it, and when you do, you won’t be disappointed.

This slouchy yet structured square backpack holds your everyday items completely hands free.

Every detail on the Monterey Backpack serves a purpose. The brass button closure on the front of the bag keeps your backpack securely closed so you can have peace of mind when you’re walking on busy streets, and the brass clasp hanging inside the bag lets you keep your keys or wallet clipped for easy access.

The most obvious accent on the Monterey Backpack is the beautiful brass ring on the back, which is not only eye-catching, but because of the way it’s designed, makes this bag more comfortable and wearable than other bags of its kind. This ring can even double as a handle for times you don’t feel like wearing it as a backpack!

Yes, a women’s backpack can look good on you

If you’ve ever felt like most backpacks for women were too dainty for you or didn’t lay right, the Monterey solves both of these problems with proportions that are designed to flatter your frame.

Making practical pretty

The square shape is big enough to carry whatever you need, while small enough to maintain a dainter, girlier look than large backpacks.

The brilliant design of the adjustable shoulder straps attached to the brass ring on the back allow the straps to slide to find their perfect fit on your shoulders.

Make a free-spirited yet sophisticated fashion statement on your next adventure.

• Hold your personal essentials hands-free at festivals or concerts
• Never tire from lugging around a bag on your next family day trip
• Keep your hands free next time you’re shopping

There’s no other mini backpack quite like this one.

Fall in love from the moment you put it on

It may look small on the outside, but women are shocked by how much they can fit in the Monterey backpack when they try it for the first time. Experience this bag’s comfort, practicality and unique style for yourself.

The Monterey Backpack by the numbers

• Rated 5 stars by customers
• Two interior pockets
• One button closure
• Dimensions: 11″ Tall, 10″ Wide, 4″ Deep
• Strap at longest length: 25”
• Strap at shortest length: 14.5”

 

Make it last forever

This bag is designed to hold up to daily, frequent use and last you for a lifetime, but leather needs a little love to stay in tip top shape.

That’s why we made our Leather Cleaner and Leather Butter as part of our Leather Care Kit.

Here’s how to take care of your leather bag:

If your leather feels too stiff when it arrives, massage and roll it between your hands to soften it. Don’t be afraid to work it well! The best thing to do with a brand new leather bag is to use it. The more you use it, the softer and more beautiful it will get. Over time, full grain leather darkens and develops a natural sheen or patina.

Spot clean your leather bag gently with a soft, damp cloth, using our completely natural Leather Cleaner. Allow the leather to air dry completely (8-24 hours) before you condition it. Do not immerse your bag in water or use heat like a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

Apply very small amounts of leather conditioner evenly on your entire leather bag. We recommend using our Leather Butter. You may also apply regular olive oil very sparingly as an alternative leather conditioner. The ideal time to condition leather to keep it healthy, supple and soft is about every 4-6 months.

 

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Slide the envelope-style 5th Avenue Clutch inside your Monterey Backpack for even more organization.

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions10 × 4 × 11 in
Leather

Chestnut Brown Leather, Matte Black Leather

5 reviews for The Monterey Backpack

  1. Ellen Stoltzfus

    This is the best bag I have ever owned in my entire life. If I did not already have a husband, I would marry this bag. Its so amazingly roomy. I can fill it with an almost unbelievable amount of Mom stuff, without loosing my keys, thanks to the handy key fob on the inside. It sits so comfortably on my shoulders, and honestly it improves my rear view like you wouldn’t even believe. 🙂 This bag also has stacked pockets. I use the top pocket for my cell phone, the one in the bottom to hold my lip gloss, my mints and a comb. Cause girls, you gots to look and smell good all the time! My hashtag for this bag is #komziemutter

  2. Heather

    I got my first urban southern bag yesterday. The Monterey backpack and I frigging love it!!!

    See I am not a small model type and most backpacks that are made for women look stupid on me. Not this one.

    It’s great. And the brass disk that self adjusts the strap position is BRILLIANT!!

    The only thing I would change is the addition of an outside zipper pocket so I can get to my phone without opening the top but that’s minor.

    So thank you for making this really cool bag.

  3. Carolle S.

    This little backpack packs a big punch. It looks small on the outside, but it’s a Mary Poppins bag! I own multiple Urban Southern bags…and something about this leather seems softer…in a good way. The nipple rivet closure is a little tight at first, but it gets easier to close the bag over time. It took me about a week of daily use to break in the closure — but it still shuts the bag securely. This piece is very unique. There are lots of mini backpacks out there, but none quite like this little beauty. Keep up the good work, girls! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  4. Patricia Barkman

    Love this little backpack! Fits well and is actually comfortable! Small but large enough to hold essentials.

  5. R. Brown

    Love the backpack! This is my favorite bag so far. I discovered that the inside portion of Urban Southern “insert” fits perfectly in the backpack to help organize the items I put inside the bag. I love the hands free option and the large ring to use as a handle if I desire. I have had many compliments on this bag!

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