Get Ready to Head Back to School With These 35 Products For Everyone—From Kids to Grad Students

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By Paige Alexus
Now that we’ve officially entered the month of August, the new school year is just around the corner—believe it or not!

Whether you’re shopping for your little ones entering their first years of real-life school, or you’re an undergrad or grad student who wants to set up a sophisticated, modern dorm room, these products will cover all the bases. Take a look below, where you’ll find everything you need to stay organized, efficient, and focused throughout the year.

For the Kids

Toolbox from Vitra
Toolbox from Vitra
Vitra's Toolbox is a practical organizational tool that can be used to store working materials, accessories and personal items. It can be kept on your desk, in a cabinet or in a trolley — an especially useful aid for portable projects and shared workspaces. Everything is easily accessible. Made of ABS in your choice of Mustard, Basic Dark, Warm Grey, Brick or Mauve Grey.
Kids Backpacks from Fjällräven
Kids Backpacks from Fjällräven
A big boy backpack.  Fjällräven began with a Kanken. And when it comes to packs for your early days of adventuring, you can’t do much better than starting with a Kanken yourself. They’re a charming place to stock your toy cars, firecrackers, gummy candy, and extra clothes. Plus, the fabric they’re made from has an almost magical ability to stay dry and not get dirty — meaning only one Fjällräven pack will likely last you all of your adventures. Plus it's got a reflective stripe for the walk back home. 

For Your Study Station

Niko Power Solution
Niko Power Solution
Designed to be displayed and blend with furniture, Niko is a new power solution from Most Modest that considers where and how people use power today. A functional wood form combined with a one of a kind knitted mesh power cable, Niko adds an element of fun to any environment. Hang Niko on the wall or proudly display it on any surface, to dial in the details of your home or office. Mesh cable available in four colors. Assembled in the USA. 


Modern by Dwell Magazine Tape Dispenser
Modern by Dwell Magazine Tape Dispenser
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Tape Dispenser gives a sleek, contemporary look to a tried-and-true object. This desk top tape dispenser uses cool clean white with the warmth of wood to bring practicality and utility to your fingertips.
Modern by Dwell Magazine Navy Felt Magazine File
Modern by Dwell Magazine Navy Felt Magazine File
Hold onto important magazines just a little bit longer with this Modern by Dwell Magazine Felt Magazine File Navy. This felt magazine holder is a contemporary look for your home office.
Modern by Dwell Magazine Decorative Trays
Modern by Dwell Magazine Decorative Trays
The trays from our Modern by Dwell Magazine collection for Target are just as useful as they are decorative. Available in red, blue, or white in a few shapes and sizes, the simple design is made up of two tiers of wood that are finished in different tones. Versatile and simplistic, they can be used as catchalls, desk organizers, or can be placed on top of an ottoman to provide a solid surface.
Block Calendar
Block Calendar
This perpetual desk calendar by Barcelona's Octagon Designs contains 365 detachable pages and comes with a to-do list book.Practical and stylish, with a contemporary timeless design, this calendar is perfect for any desk.100% made in Barcelona.
Modern by Dwell Magazine White Desk Lamp
Modern by Dwell Magazine White Desk Lamp
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Desk Light offers you a new take on task lighting. This desk lamp provides perfect illumination for your projects with a contemporary appeal.
Lightning Dock+ 
from Native Union
Lightning Dock+ from Native Union
A handsome stand for your iPhone that can fit almost any phone case.  By combining the finest materials (aircraft-grade aluminum), functional design and considered details, the duo behind Native Union crafts products that enhance the way you live with your tech. The Dock+ Lightning is incredibly easy to set up and is a perfectly functional and handsome dock for your iPhone no matter where you put it — bedroom, kitchen, desk, anywhere at all. Includes adapters for different size phone cases. 
Modern by Dwell Magazine Pencil Sharpener and Bin Duo
Modern by Dwell Magazine Pencil Sharpener and Bin Duo
Add sleek organization and utility to your desk with Modern by Dwell Magazine Pencil Sharpener and Bin Duo. This wood pencil sharpener with square base matches the storage container and organizer for a contemporary appeal.
Concrete Desk Set
Concrete Desk Set
This versatile set includes a tape dispenser, pencil holder, and small tray to organize your desk, weigh down papers, and bring a modern element to your office. 
Modern by Dwell Magazine Writing Utensil and Letter Holder Duo
Modern by Dwell Magazine Writing Utensil and Letter Holder Duo
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Writing Utensil and Letter Holder Duo will keep your desk neat and organized. This 2-piece desk organizer keeps correspondence at hand and pens and pencils in a contemporary holder.
Marble & Leather Tray "Draft"
Marble & Leather Tray "Draft"
Harold's Draft Tray is an elegant and luxurious way to display and organize. Together or alone, these beautiful trays mesh with any interior in a variety of arrangements. Add one to a desk to cradle fine writing instruments and journals. Or, group on a dining table to elevate your favorite objects.
Modern by Dwell Magazine Blue Oval Dish
Modern by Dwell Magazine Blue Oval Dish
The Modern by Dwell Magazine Oval Glass Dish is a great place to display trinkets or keep your pens tidy. This desktop dish is made of glass with a colorful embellishment for a contemporary appeal.
Desktructure the Warehouse 5 Piece Porcelain Desktop Organizer Set
Desktructure the Warehouse 5 Piece Porcelain Desktop Organizer Set
Bring contemporary flair and stylish storage solutions to your workspace desk with this porcelain organizer set, featuring a crisp white finish.  
Daisy Place Pencil Cup by Kate Spade New York
Daisy Place Pencil Cup by Kate Spade New York
This Kate Spade New York Daisy Place Pencil Cup will look fantastic on your work desk or counter. Crafted in white porcelain if features playful black and white illustrations with chic touches of gold. Daisy Place collection
Brass Jack Puzzle / Paperweight
Brass Jack Puzzle / Paperweight
This puzzle is comprised of six different notched brass bars that interlock in one specific way to create a unified "jack" shape. It's exactly milled by a skilled machinist in Massachusetts, and it weighs one pound. It's a desk object, a paperweight, and a true distraction. But be forewarned, if you take it apart, you might not be able to figure out how to put it back together...
Koncept Equo Gen 3 Desk Lamp
Koncept Equo Gen 3 Desk Lamp
The Koncept Equo Gen 3 Desk Lamp features a discreet counterweight design for feather-light adjustability. The special neck joint maintains the head's tilt as the arm swings up or down. Slide your finger along the stem's touch strip to control brightness and power. The luminaire head rotates 180 degrees and is detachable for easy replacement.

Accessories For Success

Heimplanet Monolith Minimal Backpack – 18L
Heimplanet Monolith Minimal Backpack – 18L
When you’re in motion, you need a pack that can perform right along with you. Whether you’re commuting, hiking or traveling, you need one that can stand up to the rigors of the everyday. The Motion Arc sports a spacious 20 L capacity and a grip of innovative features and materials: Heimplanet's signature 3D foam applied to the back panel and straps allows maximum airflow between your body; the wedge-shaped silhouette offers natural compression and guaranteed weight distribution. A wide main opening for easy loading and unloading, stretchable front layer for extra gear, and ton more.
Slim Leather Wallet & Charger
from Nomad
Slim Leather Wallet & Charger from Nomad
A beautiful, minimalist wallet with a built-in full charge for your iPhone.  Nomad builds mobile accessories that integrate seamlessly into your lifestyle and products that empower your mobility. They prototyped through many designs, materials and fabrication techniques until they reached two final units that truly embodied everything one would want in a leather wallet, while also stealthily integrating a complete charging system for your smart phone.  Features include:  Integrated high-powered battery and Lightning cable provides one full charge for an iPhone 6s  Horween leather takes on your personal patina and gets better with age  Elegant stitching using pre-stretched, beeswaxed linen thread  RFID blocking technology  Includes Micro USB cable for charging integrated battery
Bellroy's Tablet Sleeve
Bellroy's Tablet Sleeve
Handsome protection for your tablet. At first glance, you can see the Tablet Sleeve is designed to protect your tablet and provides extra storage with an expanding pocket on the front. It's magnetic bumper closure allows for easy storage of device, without awkward latches or abrasive zippers. Quilted microfiber lining, a stylus pen slot, and robust 3-year warranty make this accessory a necessity.  Dimensions: 7.8” x 9.7”
Armogan Watches
Armogan Watches
Armogan’s newest collection of chronographs, named for the legendary Le Mans race in Paris, takes its design cues from Le Mans’ storied cars and drivers whose style became synonymous with risk, elegance, and precisely-built 20th century machinery. Among the chronograph’s features are a timer, date function, and 24-hour dial. The watch’s suede straps, echoing design of the steering wheels found on precision-built racing machines, feature perforations and contrast stitching and develop a battle-hardened patina over time.


This Is Ground Leather Organizers
This Is Ground Leather Organizers
Don't carry less, carry smarter. That's been the mantra of This Is Ground through countless prototypes, at least two small explosions, and heaps of user feedback of their legendary Italian leather organizers. TIG integrated the most popular custom insert, the Executive Insert, right into the design this time around. They added depth while maintaining the slim profile with a custom-fitted Italian-made zipper. And with the included Tile tracker, simply pair your organizer with your phone to track its whereabouts anytime, anywhere. 10 pockets, 5 slots, 2 magnetic holders, and a ton more — all told, an all-in-one organizer built for a lifetime of work and play. 
PX Urbanwear Packs
PX Urbanwear Packs
A bag with much more than meets the eye.  The Invisible Backpack TWO is one of PX’s classic designs. The top-loading design lets you pack it full of your essentials in no time and a bevy of features and pockets keep the small things organized: Top-loading main opening with rubberized, weatherproof zipper  21 L capacity main compartment with zipper opening at top  Made from durable and weatherproof nylon/polyester blend  Separate laptop compartment keeps laptop/tablet or other electronics safe and secure  Shoe pocket for separating shoes or other items from the main compartment  Hidden pockets on the side for quick access  Interior zipper pocket for organization  Secret zippered bottle pocket at side 
Moroccan Woven & Leather Backpack
Moroccan Woven & Leather Backpack
Your park & picnic buddy.   Strap on this woven backpack with leather detail and head to the nearest beach, park, or other grassy areas. Pack it with a blanket, a bottle of wine, a bag of crackers, sunscreen, and be on your way! The buckle closure keeps everything safe inside the structured basket, and the adjustable leather straps make for a comfy trip.  Made in: Morocco  Made of: Woven water reed and leather  Size: 11" L x 5" W x 12" H  Sourced from: Medina Mercantile  Photography by Julia Gartland.

Work Flow Necessities

Modern by Dwell Magazine Orange Felt Notebook
Modern by Dwell Magazine Orange Felt Notebook
Get a notebook you’ll love to reach for with the Modern by Dwell Magazine Felt Notebook in White. This soft-cover felt notebook has a bound spine with ribbon place holder for an elegant touch.
HMM Rule/One Ruler Pen
HMM Rule/One Ruler Pen
HMM's finely crafted pen-ruler hybrid is a multifunctional on-the-go tool.Both a pen and a ruler, it includes interchangeable heads so it can be used on paper and tablets. Thanks to its convenient size and unique droplet shape, Rule/One will fit perfectly into your notebooks and can also be used as a bookmark. Sleek and sophisticated, Rule/One is the winner of the Red Dot Design Award 2015. Black/Gold model available in a limited edition of 100.
Tactile Turn Pens
Tactile Turn Pens
Machined from steel, brass, copper, and Damascus rods, Tactile Turn’s latest blend of form and function takes the retractable cartridge of a their click pen and upgrades it with bolt-action movement. Just slide the bolt up or down with your thumb to smoothly click the pen. It’s an endlessly-satisfying action for all the compulsive pen clickers out there, and it’s less likely than a regular pen to accidentally open in your pocket and spill ink. Plus, they all come in our favorite tough, CNC-machined metals — from copper and brass to standouts like zirconium and Damascus steel. We have two sizes too: the larger Glider, and the compact Slider, perfect for your everyday carry.
Cloth-Cord Chargers w/ Anchor Knot
from Native Union
Cloth-Cord Chargers w/ Anchor Knot from Native Union
An extra long cable for charging in comfort. By combining the finest materials, functional design and considered details, the duo behind Native Union crafts products that enhance the way you live with your tech. The generous length of the Night Cable makes it easy to plug in and charge up anywhere while still being able to use your device. The Sliding Anchor Knot keeps the cord in place wherever you leave it, and its O-Flex design relieves strain on the cord where it meets the plug for long-lasting construction. 6x stronger than most Lightning cables and rated for over 10,000 bends in its lifetime, this guy's the real deal.
New Gen Dotted Notebook A5
New Gen Dotted Notebook A5
The ultimate, all-purpose travel notebook. The A5 hand-bound book has a grey linen spine with a pen/pencil loop, a sturdy, colorful cover with black edging, a storage envelope attached to the inside, back cover and a grey elastic strap to keep it closed for storage.The corners of the New Generation are rounded which prevents the corner from becoming “dog-eared” over time. The 96 sheets inside are a made for writing or sketching. They are cream, with a slight “laid” finish and a very lightly dotted in grey to align your writing or correctly scale your drawing.
Concrete Rollerball Pen
Concrete Rollerball Pen
Crafted by 22 Design Studio, the pen is housed in a high-density concrete barrel, which despite the material's solidity displays visual and tactile elegance. The ridges cast along the pen's length form a natural grip are intended to erode and fit your grip with everyday use. The end result isn't just a concrete pen (cool) but a concrete pen that is uniquely yours (awesome). A sleek, stainless steel cap hides the 0.7mm point and also elevates the contemporary look of the pen. Naturally, because the concrete is sure to last decades, the black ink cartridge in the pen is easily replaceable.
Moleskine Journey Travel Light
Moleskine Journey Travel Light
Moleskine prides itself on building objects that are born with journeys in mind. Their miniature travel light is no exception. The rechargeable LED light has five adjustable settings and can be charged with a micro USB that comes with it. It can be clipped onto any book, notebook, strap, bag, or bike to help you see clearly along every point of your adventures. Available in black, steel blue, white, or scarlet red, it can be rotated 360 degrees when clamped onto a surface. Take it with you for an evening bike ride or stand it on your hotel's nightstand for some late reading.

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