School hasn’t ended yet and I’m in full swing getting ready for next year. This September we begin our elementary school journey, and among many other big-kid things, that means getting a big-kid backpack.
What could be better than getting your child a backpack AND, while you’re at it, getting one just like it for a child in need? That’s the concept behind STATE Bags, a Benefit Corporation founded by Brooklyn-based husband & wife duo Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman.
If you want to go all out, their stylish Mercer backpack ($225) features a water-repellent waxed cotton canvas exterior and leather straps. For every Mercer backpack sold, STATE donates either a Garfield bag or a Durham bag to an American student living in an impoverished neighborhood.
Since their launch in January, STATE hit the ground running with five bag drop events in just a few months: “we targeted Sandy-effected areas which brought us to both Red Hook and the Rockaways, where we hand-delivered more than 100 bags to kids hit very hard by the storm. Jacqueline and I have a lot of history working with Brooklyn kids through Camp POWER – our nonprofit summer camp program we founded 5 years ago – so we will absolutely be looking to hand-deliver more STATE bags to Brooklyn kids!“. On their site you can find more information about their bag drop & fundraising events and watch inspiring videos documenting the events.
Scot and Jacq have a lot coming down the pipeline this summer (ready for back-to-school, anybody?). A new shoulder/tote bag design will begin shipping in July. A collaboration with local designers Ricky & Dee is in the works. Large bag drop events are scheduled in tornado-affected Oklahoma and underfunded Boston neighborhoods. They are also working on bringing the manufacturing and production of their stylish give-back backpacks to the US. “That’s really important to us and we expect to make it happen soon, but just couldn’t make the costs work during our launch phase.”