Once a scholastic staple, the backpack has grown up and taken on a whole new life with luxe materials, bold hues and a structured form.
Here’s how to balance out an attention-grabbing metallic silver finish: with a minimalist form that is all
clean, angular lines. That said, this backpack’s top handles, wide zippered opening and roominess give it
top marks in terms of function as well.
Leather backpack, from Fendi.
This grained calfskin carrier by Ermenegildo Zegna might be streamlined, but offers a good deal
of space for workday essentials. A large external compartment lets users stow items they need to access in
a hurry, while its interior includes a padded compartment for a laptop, as well as pockets for
a smartphone and a charger.
Leather backpack, from Ermenegildo Zegna.
In subtle dark blue and black, Burberry’s London check pattern makes for a sophisticated look
while wearing the backpack. The compact design features several exterior and interior pockets – all the
better for pack rats to stay organised.
Leather backpack, from Burberry.
Crafted from Louis Vuitton’s iconic and durable Damier Graphite canvas, this two-toned bag is further
dressed up with leather trim lined in bright yellow. It offers compartments aplenty, including an internal
pocket for a tablet computer and several other pockets on the inside and outside.
Canvas and leather backpack, from Louis Vuitton.
Gucci accessories are having a major moment right now, with the brand’s familiar monogram canvas
gussied up with various images plucked from nature. This backpack is crafted from a canvas made using
an ecologically friendly process, and features embroidered bee, phoenix and cloud motifs.
Canvas and leather backpack, from Gucci.
From camouflage to multi-coloured stripes, the prints that the house of Valentino has been covering its
accessories with seem to quickly become instant classics. One of its latest patterns: This artsy orchid
print, which makes a stylish – and subtly patriotic – statement.
Valentino Garavani leather backpack, from Valentino.
In terms of ergonomics, the Cityback by Hermes easily outperforms the competition. Designed to
conform to the body and made from soft Cristobal bull-calf leather, the backpack has two zippers that run
along its entire length, making it possible to open the bag flat – or easily access items from the side.
Leather backpack, from Hermes.
Bonus: They hold more than a briefcase ever will.
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