MCM Stark Small Backpack Review

MCM Stark Backpack Review

For the longest time I have admired the huge range of different backpacks from MCM, the subtle monogramming effect combined with a timeless design had always attracted my attention. Finally I managed to acquire one and add it to my collection. I got the MCM Stark Backpack with Studs in size small, which is unisex. For my latest post I felt it was my duty for me to share my opinion of it with my readers in a review. Check it out below. 

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Size And Shape

The shape of the MCM Stark Backpack is mostly typical of any backpack you are ever likely to see, either high street or premium. However, it is something that follows that classic proverb “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”.

Despite this, MCM have included the unique option of choosing various sizes for the same style, giving a slight edge on the majority of the competition. Available in X-Mini, Mini, Small, Medium and Large. I personally opted for the small size to complement my more modest body size better. I did consider the medium (purely for practicality, to fit more stuff inside!) but after viewing the medium worn by others, I came to the conclusion that it mostly dwarfed the wearer. This was mostly evident if they were smaller framed, sometimes it gave the illusion they were a turtle wearing its shell! As it turns out, and you can see in the photos, the size small is ideal for me. I’m 5ft 9 and a size XS in men’s clothes.


The design of the MCM Stark Back Pack is naturally what attracted me in the first place. I’m not usually a big fan of heavy branding, but the solid all over black colouring interspersed with subtle MCM monogramming in grey is very understated and easy on the eye (I still love the look of the iconic cognac brown model, and is something to consider if you want to make more of a bold statement with your bag!).

Despite opting for the black model, I still chose the studded version to keep some of the glitz! The material of the bag itself is a beautiful coated canvas material (rather than the more common leather or basic canvas you see on many rival bags) which has feeling of quality when touched, the coating is certainly quite durable against general wear and tear and the many dangerous elements Mother Nature decides to attack you with that day!).

The bag features 2 zippered areas, the obvious main one which opens completely for access to the main storage area, the secondary zip is positioned on the lower front of the bag, providing a small pocket area. The zippers are constructed from silver metal with each having an attachment of leather to enable something to easily pull on when opening.

The aforementioned studs are positioned on both left and right sides of the bag, 16 studs in a close knit formation, constructed from the same silver colour as the zips to create a uniformed look. Finally there is also a small unobtrusive metal badge in the top middle of the bag, simply stating the MCM logo and the serial number. It is also worth mentioning the bag comes with its own giant dust bag! Sleek white with the MCM name in black, it is sizeable enough to store the backpack inside when not in use.

Wearabillty And Usage

As a worn accessory you can’t really go wrong with a back pack, this style of luggage has been in use decades, it would be a catastrophic event if a premium brand didn’t knock it out of the park! Thankfully MCM have nailed the wearability and comfort factor. It slips onto the back with ease (if it doesn’t fit correctly, a quick adjustment of the straps will enable the perfect fit and position for the wearer) and once on you will barely notice you are wearing it, of course this will largely depend on how much weight you are carrying inside, but the fit and how it contours your back with padded straps is extremely comfortable!


The interior was a joy to behold, in fact was quite a surprise when I opened the bag for the first time and was greeted with their traditional and iconic brown colouring. The material inside the bag is a buttery soft leather, ensuring any of your delicate items placed inside the bag would be unharmed during your day trip out! There is also another MCM emblazoned metal tag placed within the interior. Because I chose the smaller model, there was far less available storage, yet it was still spacious enough for my general needs. I was able to store my DSLR camera, extra lens and a selection of other necessities with little adverse issues.


In summary for this review, I am 100% happy with my MCM Stark backpack! Easy on the eye with its stunning design, plenty of internal space for day to day use and very durable thanks to its material composition! If you are in the market for a premium backpack, I wholeheartedly recommend one from the MCM range, with or without studs as it depends on what you’re looking for. Are you a fan of designer luggage, is it something you would buy? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Here’s a YouTube video of a smaller guy wearing the medium in Cognac, so you can see the size comparison to mine.


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