Sandqvist’s Alva Metal Hook Backpack: A New Classic

This elegant and compact everyday backpack looks great in any setting
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Sandqvist's Alva Metal Hook. Image: Sandqvist

In three words

Enduring. Versatile. Compact. 

What is it? 

Sandqvist have updated the classic Alva, replacing the front leather strap with an elegant and strong metal hook closure. Made from high quality organic cotton canvas and vegetable tanned leather, this backpack looks and feels high end. 

This compact backpack is perfect for work and play. Inside there’s a separate pocket perfect for a 13 inch laptop. You’ll also find a smallish zippered pocket and a couple of slip pockets, helping keep your personal items organised. On the side of the bag is a handy pocket, allowing access while the backpack is on, with a zip for added security.

The adjustable straps on the back are not padded but are still comfortable. The straps are streamlined and will complement any outfit. The top leather flap closes with a metal hook, which as a main feature of this bag we really like. It’s got a nice weight, is simple to use and provides flexibility. The choice of two metal rings that the hook can connect to allows for the bag to carry larger items when required.

Why we love it

Sandqvist is known for its quality craftsmanship and materials and this classic design will endure the test of time. We love how our own Sandqvist bags have aged, and gained more character over the years. This bag will do the same. The canvas and leather of the Alva will mould to your lifestyle and make the bag uniquely yours. The compact size makes Sandqvist’s Alva Metal Hook a great everyday backpack and the minimal design styling looks great in both work and casual settings. 

What will fit?

This bag has a capacity of 11 litres. It can fit a 13 inch laptop and charger, wallet, keys, glasses, a notepad and large book, water bottle, snack, stationery and still have a little room for other small items. It’s not a bag for an overnight stay but it’s perfect as an everyday bag.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking for a small everyday backpack to carry personal items and a laptop you’ll be very happy with Sandqvist’s Alva Metal Hook backpack. It won’t look out of place with either your work wear or leisure clothes. Even with the compact size, it will fit everything you need to get you through the day. 


Capacity: 11 litres

Main compartment: 25 x 37 x 13 cm

Inner laptop compartment: W 25 x H 31 x D 2 cm

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