The modern Back to School finds you need this school year

However you feel about the impending return to class, I think we can all agree that nothing beats the sweet smell of new school supplies. Fresh planners, notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencil cases – these are things that wake me up in the morning. Not to mention they can dull the sting of impending assignments and deadlines. If you’re going back to college, high school, shopping for someone who is, or (like me) just want an excuse to treat yourself to some new essentials you’ll love, you’re in the right place. Correct address. We’ve picked the best in backpacks, stationery, technology and more so you can get back to school in style. Visit the Design Milk Shop for more!

Made in Portugal from recycled fabrics, this streamlined Maria/Maleta backpack fits all your everyday essentials (and a 13.3-inch laptop). Plus, the backpack’s innovative reversible design lets you change your look in an instant – just pull the straps and elastics in the opposite direction to switch between cool gray and rich camel colors to match any outfit. This is a bag that will easily go back to school wear and become one of your favorite everyday accessories!

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poketo fuchsia planet

On top of this Poketo planner’s modern, mood-boosting color options, the convenient, open-dated design offers the perfect level of flexibility — with yearly, monthly, and weekly layouts that help you track short- and long-term goals and to-dos. What’s more, its compact size and flexible covers mean you can take this pocket planner with you wherever you go without sacrificing space in your bag or tote.

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bento stack organizer

Complete with four stackable layers, Function 101’s BENTOSTACK Organizer has a pocket for all your tech accessories – from your laptop and phone chargers to your Apple Watch bands and AirPods. Plus, its bento box-inspired design makes it effortless and hassle-free to transition from your desktop to the classroom. Simply stack the layers and wrap with BENTOSTACK’s silicone strap for a secure closure for commuting and travel.

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listed by postit top three notes

Prioritize your most important tasks and assignments with these Post-it Top Three Mini List Notes. As part of the brand’s new Noted line of desktop accessories, designed to inspire and bring color to your workspace, the Mini List Notes adhere securely to your notebooks and planners without leaving a sticky residue. Use them to keep track of your most important tasks and assignments, or to write positive affirmations to get you through the day – however you use these colorful Post-its, you’ll never lose sight of what’s most important!

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notebag backpack for picnic

Designed in collaboration with Dutch-based design duo We Are Out Of Office, this limited edition Notabag brings the spirit of spring and summer picnics back to school. An ingenious combination of a bag and backpack in one, the Notabag can be used hands-free as a backpack or slung over your shoulder as a bag, all with a simple pull of the straps. The eco-friendly alternative to a plastic bag even folds into its own pocket, making it easy to stow in your backpack, gym bag or tote bag for spontaneous purchases before or after class.

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bookman bicycle

For those who cycle to school (or work), reliable bicycle lights are a must. This set of USB rechargeable bike lights features a curved design for a wider light projection, making you visible to traffic from every angle and improving your view of the road for safe and easy commuting. Complete with white LED light on the front and red LED light on the back, this safe and stylish set ensures safer travel to school.

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sweet pens

There’s nothing like a new set of fresh, sleek writing utensils to spice up your back-to-school routine. And these slim, black ballpoint pens from Dear Beni are as smooth as can be. Their bright, color-blocked design instantly adds vibrancy and playfulness to your desktop, and their streamlined shape feels great in your hand. To get to work, simply twist the pen to expose the tip. We also love the slick look of their Rainbow style!

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IZO wireless keyboard and calculator

AZIO’s wireless keyboard is designed to bring a splash of color and modern, ergonomic shapes to your workspace. With fashion-forward details like rounded corners, metallic and matte accents, and backlit keys, this engineered keyboard will get you through all the essay writing and note-taking the school year calls for. Compatible with both Mac and PCs, the IZO Wireless Keyboard simply connects to your chosen device via Bluetooth or the included USB-C cable so you can start typing. For the full IZO experience, we recommend completing the suite with AZIO’s wireless mouse, calculator and wrist rest!

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dogu pen tray

A personal favorite from Graf Lantz’s Dogu collection of workspace accessories that launched last fall, the Dogu Pencil Tray is the modern pencil case upgrade you’ve been looking for. Made from warm, vegetable-tanned leather, the Dogu Tray fits all your favorite pens and pencils, and looks great. Complete the mobile workspace with the matching computer tray from Graf Lantz.

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society6 laptop sleeve

Who says your laptop sleeve can’t be a tool for personal expression? Designed by German-based graphic designer Ana Rut Bre, this laptop sleeve shines with a retro combination of colors and mid-century-inspired abstract shapes to brighten up your school or workspace. Built durably to last, the resilient woven polyester laptop sleeve is even lined with microfiber to prevent scratches when you store your laptop. Check out the matching phone case to complete the look!

$50 – $55
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design milk stationery set

To give your back to school kit a modern makeover, look no further than our very own Stationery Set, designed in collaboration with Poketo in celebration of Design Milk’s 15th anniversary. This stylish stationery bundle has it all: 2 blank notebooks, a draft planner, a set of thin and flexible pens and a sleek, stainless steel bookmark so you never lose your place as you plan and study. This blank and open dated set is perfect for creatives who appreciate flexibility and expression in their planning, but still want to organize their days and ideas. And the entire collection is now on sale – you can’t go wrong!

$89.60 (30% off!)
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takenaka x poketo bento box

Master your back-to-school meal prep with the help of this limited edition Takenaka Bento Box. Designed in collaboration with fellow Design Milk favorite, Poketo, the Ivory + Navy Bento Box features a modern and playful abstract pattern on the lid that always brings joy to lunchtime. Complete with two airtight layers, this chic lunchtime favorite will retain the freshness and flavors of both hot and cold meals. For more modern lunchboxes, click here!

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friendly reminder stickers

The perfect addition to any notebook or planner, these friendly reminder stickers are a great way to customize your school notes or daily schedule. Multi-colored and bright, the stickers add a graphic pop to any page, ensuring your memories are never forgotten. The pack contains 186 stickers for every category – from months and meetings to symbols, dates and even blank stickers, so you can customize reminders to suit your specific needs!

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Alexa is a commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound Phoebe. Alexa has been an art and design enthusiast for a long time, and the first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shopping picks, she can be buried in a book, binging reality TV, or going on an adventure around her town with her partner and pup.

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