This Backpack Sold Out In 6 Minutes...

Photo: Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel.
It actually might have been fewer than six minutes. All I know is, I refreshed the Mansur Gavriel homepage at 11 a.m. yesterday, when the restocked site was scheduled to go live, clicked around for a few moments to make sure the black Mini Backpack with the red Flamma interior was definitely the one, and I was ready to buy. But, I couldn't. “Sold Out — Restocking in August,” the site said. It was 11:06 a.m.

Like many others, I'd been majorly anticipating finally being able to buy this legendarily hard-to-land It bag. I'd been thinking about this for a long time. I’m the opposite of an impulse shopper. I try to be super-smart about any purchase: weighing options, comparing price points, and taking the plunge only when I find something I truly love. And that went double for what would be my first big girl bag ever.

Since November of last year, I'd been obsessed with finding the perfect backpack. After much deliberating, my top contenders included Loeffler Randall's now-discontinued Lock Backpack, FjallRaven's Kanken, and Building Block's Rucksack. But, Mansur Gavriel's Mini was the one I couldn't get out of my head. It's sleek, beautifully designed, classically minimal, and, of course, supremely functional. I flirted with a few others, but Mansur kept calling my name. So, after six months of weighing and wanting, I was ready to make it happen — only to be told to come back in August. Womp.

More than a few frustrated Instagram commenters noted that there were issues with the site's functionality the day of restock. Others expressed anger that Mansur Gavriel must have re-stocked only a very limited number of each bag. Plenty of would-be customers are deuces up and ready to bail at this point.

Not me. Despite experiencing the fashion equivalent of standing in line for a Beyoncé concert, getting to the entrance and hearing, "We're full. Come back next time!" — I'm definitely still coming back. I’m not usually one to get caught up in fashion hype. But, my desire for this bag isn’t about hype — it’s about the six months it took for me to realize this bag was perfect for me. Scanning the market, coming to terms with the price tag, making sure my love for it wasn't just a trendy whim: Those things took time and thought. I became invested in the Mansur Gavriel backpack without even dropping a dime. And I'm not giving up.

Am I disappointed things didn't work out this time? Sure. Is there a chance that by the time August rolls around I won't want this bag anymore? Possibly. But, do I believe the perfect fit is worth the wait? Without a doubt. 

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