Much has changed since I tossed my middle school knapsack: Facebook, texting, Bieber and now the backpack's back. Upgraded for the 21st-century, Ralph Lauren's spacious shearling carryall has room enough for all my books, a change of clothes, bagged lunches and an inner compartment for Blackberries, iPhones or what have you. My schoolgirl days are long behind me, but I'd still giddily tote this hands-free design down any hall.
$5,750; at Ralph Lauren stores
Randy Miller, Assistant Editor