Scot and Jacq Tatelman are much more than an entrepreneurial duo behind STATE Bags. Jacq’s extensive background in the fashion industry lends to the bag designs and inspiration, while Scot’s passion for philanthropy drives the brand’s nonprofit pedigree. The concept they created is simple yet impactful: for each bag sold, a bag is hand-delivered to an American child in need.
At “bag drop” events, which take place at schools in troubled areas, Scot and Jacq along with their team deliver brand new backpacks, filled with essential supplies, to hundreds of kids. But they’re not just handing out backpacks – they’re providing them with the tools to reach their fullest potential and better their communities.
This summer, Scot and Jacq are making more of an impact than ever before. They’ve teamed up with the White House and Roc Nation to deliver 30,000 bags over the course of this summer as part of the My Brothers Keeper initiative, which takes the STATE message to a national level. For every STATE bag purchased from now to September 8th, one bag will be donated to children in the My Brother’s Keeper communities.
The Smith ($110) is a casual backpack that isn’t utilitarian in style in the least! It is the everyday companion for everyday occasions, whether it’s an afternoon break at your local cafe or a bike ride. It’s practically up for any task! I like that it’s lightweight, yet doesn’t skimp on durability. It’s also spacious since it can easily hold all of my essentials without being too bulky.
The neutral color gives it versatility that allows endless of styling options. I thought the straps were going to pose as problem at first since they don’t have any padding, but they’re surprisingly comfortable! The backpack also features a fold over design, a front stash pocket, and side pocket. The leather shoe welt trimming and antique brass fireman clip closure gives the backpack a sense of refinement without all the formality. It’s finished off with their signature STATE rivet in black.
The Basket Weave Smith is also available in 11 different styles, including Greenpoint ($120; black), Cobble Hill ($235; off white, navy, or black), Red Hook ($110; stone, black, African indigo, tie-dye, or olive), and Brighton ($110; grey or rose). Each backpack sold helps an American child in need. The child will receive a hand-delivered STATE bag that’s packed with essential tools for success.
STATE offers a wide selection of backpacks that can be used by children and adults alike. They’ve partnered with a variety of influencers and brands like Beyonce’s #BeyGOOD charitable movement, The Honest Company, American Eagle, Twitter, and countless of others in the donating thousands of bags across the country to children in need.
STATE can be found nationally at retail partners including Bloomingdale’s, Barneys, Nordstrom, and Shopbop. In 2009, Scot & Jacqueline Tatelman also founded Country Roads Foundation Country Roads Foundation and its signature program, Camp POWER. Camp POWER is a non-profit summer camp that has served thousands of New York City kids.
I love the bag! I’m not much into designer bags. I prefer soft backpacks like this for everyday use.
Oh my how cute. I do love a cute backpack especially with football season coming fast.
What a great organization! I love that you can get a great bag and help others at the same time!
I totally want this bag. Bookmarking for my Christmas list this year since I never know what to tell people!
I love the simple design of these bags. They will go with anything! And even better that the company is so generous!
OMG, these are totally my style. I love stylish and functional. This is both!
My wife would love these bags! She loves designer bags, and I could tell this one she would be able to make great use out of!
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I love a great product, with a great story! I love the design of the bag. So versatile and practical.
I love how untraditional design of this backpack. I’m a big fan of companies who create stylish goods that also serve a purpose of giving back.
I am into backpacks these days because they are so convenient to have during trips especially if you’re going to theme parks or beaches! This look so stylish as well, I really like the color, it’s something I’d love to get for myself!
What a great bag! I love how it looks so functional and casual. Perfect for a day out.
This is my kind of posts 🙂 I love bags and this one is no exception. Definitely bookmarking for my shopping list. Thanks for sharing.
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This is fabulous! I love the looks of this and also what the company stands for. This is perfect to use with little ones.
I so see why they’re like the TOMs but in backpack form! So practical but stylish, they’re so cute! They’d make for a great gift too I think!
That’s a very nice bag. I love to have a few bags for different things. This one would be a great one to carry just about anywhere.
That is a cute backpack. I love that it’s fabric too. It would make it easier to clean. I could use a new gymbag.
I love backpacks because they are so versatile and functional. Thanks for informing me about STATE backpacks. I’ll look into them and might just purchase one!
I love the design of this bag! I love what they are doing even more!
Omg what a great bag!!!! Love the whole concept of them. Plus they are sod. Soft bags are the best 😉
This sounds like such a great bag! I love that it has a message to give back with the purchase.
This is a cute backpack to purchase and it has an added benefit, it contributes to the Drop Bag event. I’m a big fan of companies that give back to the community .
As an educator for over 15 years, I know how important it is for kids to have the right tools to learn. This is a great way to get kids started on the right foot every school year.
Loving this bag. I was actually looking for a bag to travel with since I will be back in the USA soon. Going to check this out.
This looks like a great bag. I love how much it can hold without looking overly bulky.
The State bags looks really trendy! I love their kids line!
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I love backpacks when I am traveling and have just me and the 3 kiddos. It makes things so much easier and this one looks like a great one.
I love this bag, especially the design since it looks completely well made. I also love that its soft – very nice!
Ohh! I love it! There are so many great details, and I love the way it clasps together. Plus the fact that it’s a backpack makes it much easier to carry around everywhere.