Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Students John Harris ’15 and Brendan Cabano ’15 eat lunch together Dec. 11, 2014 as a Herschel backpack rests by their feet. Hesrchel backpacks have become a common site around the campus.
By Joseph Valencia ’17
Herschel brand backpacks are a popular site on campus this year as an increasing number of students are deciding to use them.
The backpacks come in a variety of colors and patterns, as well as different styles. The most popular style at Brophy is the “Pop Quiz” Herschel backpack.
The “Pop Quiz” backpacks are sold for $70 in stores such as Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters.
They have one large pocket, which contains a fleece laptop sleeve, with three smaller pockets located in the front of the bag. One of the smaller pockets is made for glasses, and is lined with fleece.
The majority of the exterior of the bag is made of polyester, while the interior compartments are made of nylon and fleece. The base of the bag, as well as the handle, are made of synthetic leather.
The straps are adjustable and padded. A vintage style Herschel logo patch is also present in the front of the bag.
Many students at Brophy have Herschel backpacks, though their reasons for purchasing the bag vary.
Some students said they were attracted by the fashion and visual value of the bag.
“I bought the backpack back in freshmen year. It was a stylish bag, and not many people had Herschel bags at the time,” said Justej Sra ’17.
Other students were drawn in by the price of the bag.
“It was a great deal,” said Max Henderson ’17.
Other students bought the bag in the spur of the moment.
“Why not? It was a good bag, and I had seen them around Brophy before,” said Hunter Kotoske ’17.
The vintage style seems to be a throwback to the 1960s, though the Herschel company was founded in 2009.
Urban Outfitters as a whole regularly sells over 200 Pop Quiz bags per week, with a spike of over 600 bags sold in the week before Christmas.