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Bookshelf Backpack


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100% Cotton

A versatile cotton canvas backpack in a choice of bright Seasalt colours. It's fully lined in 100% cotton and finished with a fold over top with poppers under the front buckles and adjustable straps. A great alternative to a handbag when you're on the go - our Bookshelf Backpack is made for exploring!

Customer Reviews
* * * * - Rated 4/5 (23 reviews)

Average customer rating 4 out of 5, based on 23 reviews.

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Not user friendly

I loved the look of this bag light and easy to carry but......
It’s very hard to put objects inside safely eg phone or purse. It’s equally hard to retrieve things as if the little inside pocket is used it becomes bulky and gets in the way as one is trying to find something inside. The straps are difficult to align with the magnetic catches because the bag is so floppy. I wouldn’t recommend. Disappointing.

Posted by  •  21st May 2019


Hi Muffin
Thank you for reviewing the Bookshelf Backpack. We're sorry to hear that it wasn't perfect for you this time, and if you haven't used it yet, please pop it back to us using your free post label for a refund.
Please take a look at other bags on our website and we hope you find something that suits you better.
Best wishes

Fit: True to Size 
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Could do better

Lovely bright green bag and light and easy to carry. Could use for a night away but when around London found it difficult to put purse in and out.
It definitely needs small compartment on the front for easy access.
Have only used it once hope don’t realise it’s a duff buy.

Posted by  •  3rd May 2019


Thanks for your review and feedback. We'll be sure to pass your suggestion on to the design team for their consideration.

Best wishes


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Retro loojs

I wanted one of these little backpacks last season and was disappointed to miss them in the sale.
Plus points:
retro styling
small, but accommodating
magnetic clasps make for easy fastening
natural materials (doesn’t get sweaty !)
Could do better:
bigger internal pocket ....or even an external zipped one ?

Posted by  •  26th April 2019


Dear Mampanini
Thanks for your lovely review and feedback. We'll be sure to pass your suggestions on to the design team!
Best wishes

Fit: True to Size 
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Love it, but...

I love the green color and the material and it can fit a lot. But a few more (zip) pockets inside would be great or at least one outside for keys. Also I would prefer to have a second option to close it so I can fit in bigger things - i.e. have two more buttons further up. Maybe I can find some like those on the backpack and sew them on myself.

Posted by  •  21st April 2019


Dear Darcy
Thanks for your lovely review and feedback. We'll be sure to pass your suggestions on to the design team!
Best wishes

Fit: Bigger Fit
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Bookshelf bag

Perfect for commuting with and comfortable to wear. Exactly what I was look for. Would suggest that the front fastening straps are longer so larger items can be carried..

Posted by  •  13th April 2019


Thanks for your feedback, I'll pass this to the relevant team.

Fit: True to Size 
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great backpack

Very good backpack, well made, lovely green. But I need one with a few pockets for dog walks. Would be perfect for lots of other uses. Fantastic to avoid any polyester, nylon, etc - well done Seasalt - to keep stuff dry just re-use a strong bag inside the pack.

Posted by  •  27th March 2019

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Just like the photo

I've only just received this backpack in the lovely rich Jam colour so I have not used it yet.. It's going to be really useful as it's large enough to take books ,water bottle etc and was in the sale so very pleased. As other reviewers have said, it would benefit from having a big zipped internal compartment for phones and cards etc to save rummaging around and also for security. I have given 4 stars instead of 5 because of the lack of secure compartments . I was also somewhat perturbed to read the instructions state that the colour may transfer onto paler colours. As the bag is not waterproof that could be an issue. It also says the bag can be washed but there appears to be a bit of card at the bottom of the bag between the lining and fabric. Surely the bag can't be washed then? Also the straps are very very long which results in the excess dangling. But I still love it.
Please Seasalt could we have a slightly smaller waterproof version, with internal secure pockets?

Posted by  •  4th August 2018

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unfortunately not

This looked like the perfect little bag, but unfortunately not. The straps are too wide for the clasps and need pliers to adjust. Once adjusted, and on your back, the clasps dig uncomfortably in your back. I would have kept it if it had an additional strap to turn it into a shoulder-bag, but as a small back pack it doesn't work. Going back :0(

Posted by  •  30th July 2018

Fit: True to Size 
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Useful and stylish travel bag

Although a little wary because of some of the other reviews decided to order the bag when it came on offer in the sale. I really like the retro knapsack style and it is comfortable to carry. The Jam colour is rich and the fabric is similar to my Seasalt hold-all bag of last season which I love.
Having given up buying leather bags great to find an alternative.

This is most definitely more a handbag than a rucksack and I wouldn't use it when I am out working on the nature reserve.. That said it is perfect for those 'big bag'days when you need to carry a lot of things. Comfortably takes bulky items like sun hat, or roll up waterproof etc. The inside pocket is a little too shallow and a key fob would have been a good idea hence 4 stars.

Sure it will get plenty of use.

Posted by  •  29th July 2018

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Lovely soft cotton backpack but ...

I love the colours and that it’s cotton and whilst I agree it’s lacking in internal pockets, I find it a perfect size for commuting or days out. However after only a few weeks’ use, one of the poppers has broken, rendering the bag useless, as you need to have the poppers done up to fold over the top properly.

Posted by  •  26th July 2018


Dear Donut007,
Thank you for your review of the Bookshelf Backpack. This certainly doesn’t sound up to our usual high standard. One of our Customer Service Team will be in touch with you very shortly.
Best wishes, Seasalt.

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