Backpacks shouldn’t be relegated to the gear-laden, outdoorsy adventure — or the elementary school kid. Rather, the corporate backpack culture is only growing more robust, what with commuters of all kinds strapping on the hands-free accessory.
It’s high time to swap the briefcase for something a bit less boxy, more convenient, and certainly far more trendsetting.
After all, the latest backpack models are all grown up — and quite handsome, to say the least. Pack up for the day with this selection of options that will have you looking just as good from the front and, well, from the back, too.
1. Drömmare Cloud Backpack
Truly soft as a cloud, the Drömmare Cloud Backpack is meticulously crafted from the softest, genuine horween leather and accented with custom Swiss-made zippers. Drömmare designer and founder Nate Lundstrom’s clean-lined aesthetic and attention to detail is apparent in the pack that is finished with double-stitched seams and hand-skived leather trim that you might not even notice at first. Simultaneously masculine and luxe, it’s a versatile size for the office, the weekends, or the gym.
2. Lotuff Leather Backpack
Celebrating the art of contemporary American craftsmanship, Lotuff has turned out a leather backpack that’s dignified and dapper — and befitting of any grown man. Slightly rugged but still totally refined with briefcase-inspired buckles, it features double gusset construction that provides extra space for travel along with a zipper pocket in the back for valuables, laptops, and tablets, making it both beautiful and usable. We love the richly decadent, chocolate-brown model, but it’s also available in chestnut and black.
3. Will Leather Goods Silas Backpack
Rough-grain bridle leather and a plaid interior along with a “hit-the-trail” aesthetic make Will Leather Goods’ Silas Backpack quite ideal for the urban jungle. Its spirit of authentic Americana is par for the course for Oregon-based company. The interior even includes a padded laptop sleeve and an eco-pillow — just in case you need to rest your head between meetings or on the train ride home.
4. Tumi Mission Backpack
Renowned for its suitcases, Tumi has a backpack you’ll want to travel with every day. Named for San Francisco’s Mission District, the Mission’s natural grain, iron gray-hued leather is handsomely sophisticated — with a sporty edge. The additional tan and navy colorways plus the belting-inspired adjustable handle straps and structural pockets for small accessories make this bag a great fit with a business suit. Add a monogram to this one to complete the fetching, buttoned-up look.
5. Haerfest H5 Capsule Backpack
Sleek lifestyle accessories label Haerfest (pronounced “harvest”) creates simple, modern classics that are the epitome of form and function. Such is the case with their collection of backpacks including the distinctive H5 Capsule Backpack, which has been refashioned in a tonal mix of leathers for an added dose of design integrity. The fully lined main compartment is accompanied by a front pouch that fastens with a concealed zipper while, on the inside, small zip pockets and an inner sleeve provide additional storage space. But, seriously, who cares about storage when this backpack packs so much minimalistic panache.
6. Herschel Supply Classic Backpack
Perfectly tailored, the Herschel Supply backpack stays true to its “Classic” name. Inside, signature striped fabric adds a touch of flair but, on the exterior, this one is good to go with any suited-up ensemble. Of course, it works just as well after hours, too. With an entirely accessible price point, you may even want to grab a few different varieties (think burgundy, gray, khaki, baby blue, and camo-inspired prints) should you want to color-coordinate every day of the week.
7. Roots x Pendleton Backpack
A bolder move for your back, the Roots x Pendleton limited-edition backpack was not designed to blend in. The signature, heritage-inspired piece is the result of a three-part collaboration between Canadian-based lifestyle brand Roots, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and Chicago’s Horween leather tannery. Its striking, geometric wool pattern is tempered by a cognac leather base for everyday wear — with a touch of flair.