The Sarah White
(left) and dove
chains. All of her
(center) for easy
The backpack is all grown up in a
beautifully crafted version by
Texas designer Sarah White.
White, who got her start with Liz
Claiborne and went on to launch
Fossil's leather accessories
collection, introduced her own
eponymous line of handbags,
backpacks, and clutches last year.
"The most important aspects of a
bag are quality, functionality, and
versatility," says White of her
convertible backpack, a top-seller
at Austin boutique Julian Gold.
Color appeal: The bag's rich
persimmon color is perfect for
Austin, with its love for all things
burnt orange. "I am inspired by
colors found in nature, and I have
a persimmon tree in my yard,"
says White. "It is a timeless color
and looks great with everything."
Other options include bright
cerulean and soft dove gray.
Material girl: Water-repellant
and scratch-resistant Bella Pelle
leather is sourced from a family-
owned tannery in Biella, Italy.
Durable Microsuede tightly lines
the interiors and protects your
The bag fits a
13-inch laptop, iPad, and smart-
phone, with additional pockets for
Carry on: With its adjustable
straps, you can wear the bag over
one shoulder or use top handles to
carry it like a proper handbag when
The Sarah White Convertible
Backpack can be purchased at
Julian Gold, 1214 W. Sixth
St., 512-473-2493; juliangold.com
GET CARRIED AWAY WITH TEXAS DESIGNER
SARAH WHITE'S CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK.
BY MADDY HILL