Just in time for summer camp — or those of you who are already thinking about back-to-school shopping, yikes — you have to check out these empowering backpacks specifically designed to represent kids of color.

Casey Kelley started Blended Designs when her son requested a backpack that featured someone who looked like him on it. Problem: She couldn’t find any. Solution: She made her own. And they are awesome.

The kids backpacks in her 1954 collection — which is named for the year that Brown v. Board of Education was decided — are all beautifully illustrated with kids with a whole range of brown and black skin tones. They’re constructed to be sturdy and long-lasting, with internal laptop/tablet sleeves, side bottle slots, and internal pockets.

Plus, there are two sizes, so they’re great for both preschoolers and older kids.

The Blended Designs lunch boxes are made from the same high-quality, plus they’re phthalate- and PVC-free for safe stashing of sandwiches and those baggies of carrot sticks that you hope will come home empty.

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"I can do anything" backpacks from Blended Designs featuring boys and girls of color

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"I can do anything" backpacks from Blended Designs feature boys and girls of color

"I can do anything" backpacks from Blended Designs that features kids of color with different skin tones

"I can do anything" lunch boxes from Blended Designs that features kids of color with different skin tones

I also love that Blended Designs is working with community centers to deliver these empowering backpacks free to kids in less advantaged schools. Because that slogan on each backpack and lunch box, I can do anything, belongs to every kid, everywhere.

Check out the 1954 line of empowering backpacks and lunch boxes for kids of color online at Blended Designs.

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