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Most of them fit perfectly in the overhead compartment of planes and some, if they are compact enough, can even be placed under your seat.
Let’s be honest, getting things out of a backpack mid-flight is much easier than having to open a carry-on suitcase in the middle of the aisle. And speaking of convenience, being able to use both your hands while at the airport is a big plus (especially for parents traveling with kids).
We also love that designers have taken backpacks to new (fashion) heights while still keeping them practical––a fine line to walk. Even styles that are decidedly more rugged in inspiration, constructed from quality leather and canvas, look so incredibly cool. You really are getting the most for your money when you invest in a high-end backpack.
Luxury companies like Gucci, Fendi, and Brunello Cucinelli have decades-worth of artisanal experience at their designers’ disposal, so theirs are the finest products both in terms of style and function.
Keep scrolling to see the designer backpacks that will make your next adventure a lot more convenient and stylish.
Burberry Medium Leather-Trimmed Printed Gabardine Backpack
One thing is for sure—Burberry’s new logo makes for an eye-catching print! Bold looks aside, this backpack is also quite functional—it features a padded back panel and multiple pockets to help you store your essentials.
To buy: $1,490, net-a-porter.com
Saint Laurent Loulou Medium Quilted Leather Backpack
The classic flap silhouette and quilted chevron texture elevate this backpack to a wardrobe staple. It’s chic, timeless, but most importantly functional. You’ll be carrying this beauty for years to come.
To buy: $1,990, net-a-porter.com
Brunello Cucinelli Backpack
Functional design and quality materials are the secret to Brunello Cucinelli’s success and this backpack is no exception. Crafted in Italy from textured calfskin leather, it features three exterior pockets, a roomy main compartment, and a back strap that allows you to attach it to your suitcase handles.
To buy: $3,295, brunellocucinelli.com
Givenchy Leather-Trimmed Nylon Backpack
This sturdy black backpack will easily fit at least an overnight stay’s worth of belongings and clothes. It is also the perfect carry-on piece thanks to its compact size.
To buy: $890, mrporter.com
Balenciaga Explorer Leather Backpack
This backpack caters to urban explorers with a penchant for street culture. The allover graffiti-inspired print adds a cool vibe to its classic leather exterior.
To buy: $2,125, barneys.com
Fontana Milano 1915 Leather-Trimmed Expandable Backpack
Not only does this leather backpack look absolutely amazing, but it is also incredibly functional. It sports a rugged yet elegant exterior, which also has two expandable side gussets. We also love the flap top with adjustable bucket closures that give you additional room for expansion.
To buy: $3,340, barneys.com
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancino Quilted Leather Backpack
Rosé season is upon us, so why not match your backpack to your favorite drink. This chic quilted backpack dons the company’s signature Gancino logo and a stylish chain handle.
To buy: $1,890, saksfifthavenue.com
Moschino x Sims PIxel Capsule Backpack
When it comes to design, Moschino symbolizes true creativity. This cool backpack is the result of the company’s collaboration with the video game The Sims and features pixelated prints. It also has a two-way zip-around closure and adjustable backpack straps.
To buy: $1,295, saksfifthavenue.com
Gucci Vintage Canvas Backpack
The design of this gorgeous Gucci backpack is a nod to the house’s past (it started out by selling luxury luggage). We love the contrast between the beige canvas and the signature red and green web.
To buy: $1,690, gucci.com
Fendi Embossed Eye Backpack
This structural backpack will keep its shape no matter what you put inside. The gorgeous red shade and gold-tone hardware contribute to its elegance—it’s a great choice for trendy urban dwellers.
To buy: $2,290, saksfifthavenue.com