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The best designs are often those that can roll with the punches; that can adapt to provide conveniences to every step of your routine without ever encumbering you. A tote bag may be a comfortable accessory for going to the store, but if you travelled there by bike, anyone who’s tried to ride with a fully loaded tote knows it can be downright dangerous when cycling back. A backpack is often the best bet for hiking or cycling, but if you need to access items in it regularly on your routine it can become a chore, taking it off and putting it back on over and over again (or worse, continually asking a companion to access it for you). Aiming to capture the advantages of both styles, the Brooklyn-based designers at SSCY have unveiled a new, innovative design dubbed the Tack Day. Able to transform from a backpack to a tote bag in seconds, the Tack Day garners praise for its incredible adaptability and high quality craftsmanship. Made of a water resistant PVC and backed by cotton canvas, the top-loading bag is up to handle whatever you can carry, feeling natural in its tote form. Its sturdy handles can even be snapped together in a leather button clasp to make for a more comfortable grip. And when it’s time to transfer the weight to your back, the ties cleverly slide down until, with enough slack, they transform into backpack straps. The simplicity of the design provides for an elegant transition, and thanks to the quality of the materials it’s sure to last countless trips to the store. So if you’re trying to choose between a new tote and a new backpack, get the best of both worlds with the Tack Day from SSCY.

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Nathaniel Barlam

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.