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Kate Young’s New Thing: The Row’s Calfskin Leather Backpack

Photo: Patrick McMullan

As stylist to Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman, Kate Young’s job is to translate runway looks for the red carpet. But when it comes to her own style, Young prefers things that don’t scream “high fashion.” She told us via e-mail about her latest understated purchase. “I got a backpack from the Row on Net-a-Porter a few weeks ago and it’s the best thing I’ve bought in a long time. I love it like crazy — it’s practical, chic, kind of everything I have ever wanted out of a bag. Plus, it’s fancy in the most discreet kind of way. Unless you’re a real fashion person, you wouldn’t bat an eyelash at it. But then the fashion girls are like, ’Oh my God, is that the backpack from the Row?!!!! It’s AMAZING!’”

The Row drawstring backpack, $3,900, available online

Kate Young’s New Thing: The Row Leather Backpack