Stylish and Functional Leather Backpacks

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These backpacks will make you rethink every briefcase, purse, or carry-all you own.

Up to a few years ago, a backpack was considered mainly a weekend or outdoorsy type of accessory that you bring with you on a hike rather than in a fancy restaurant for brunch. But then something changed—maybe it was the increasing popularity of the athleisure trend—and backpacks underwent a complete transformation in design and construction.

Designers got rid of the casual canvas or nylon exterior which was replaced by luxury leather, both genuine and faux, showcasing superior craftsmanship that was previously reserved for heritage handbags such as the Birkin, the Kelly, or Chanel’s 2.55. Nowadays, backpacks exemplify the perfect marriage between style and function.

Some designers have even gone further and have blurred the lines between backpacks and totes or shoulder bags, offering their clientele styles which easily convert from one to the other. This smart, all-in-one approach to design gives luxury backpacks the same versatility and performance that made these accessories so popular in the first place.

Here we rounded up the best and chicest leather backpacks that aren’t going to make you look like you just came back from a hike.


Courtesy Net-a-Porter

Chloé Faye Mini Textured-leather and Suede Backpack

The brand’s signature leather-and-suede Faye style has been re-imagined as a backpack but you can still carry it as a handbag as well thanks to a removable shoulder strap.

To buy: $1,490, net-a-porter.com


Courtesy Neiman Marcus

Prada Daino Leather Backpack

Prada’s calf leather backpack comes with striped shoulder straps for a more casual look. Inside, it has a zippered pocket as well as a phone compartment.

To buy: $1,950, neimanmarcus.com


Courtesy Mr Porter

Berluti Volume Patchwork Leather Backpack

You can take this backpack anywhere thanks to its sturdy construction and stylish patchwork-inspired exterior. It has padded and adjustable straps as well as a roomy interior that can fit a lot more than just your everyday essentials.

To buy: $4,250, mrporter.com


Courtesy Mr Porter

Valextra My Logo Leather Backpack

College-looking backpacks are cool, but if you are looking for something more adult-like, this Valextra piece fits the bill. It has a simple yet elegant exterior crafted from Italian leather in burgundy. And if you are in need of a carry-on backpack, it will come in handy, too.

To buy: $2,750, mrporter.com


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Tom Ford Full Grain Leather Backpack

This backpack cuts a classic silhouette and is crafted from luxurious full-grain leather in Italy. Inside, it has a padded sleeve for your laptop or tablet plus plenty of space for all your other essentials.

To buy: $3,331, mrporter.com


Courtesy Tumi

Tumi Gail Backpack

In the market for the perfect airport companion? This red hot backpack by Tumi has everything you’ll ever need in a carry-on piece—sturdy and long-lasting construction, multiple interior pockets, including one that’s velvet lined (ideal for jewelry). And it is equally impressive on the outside—sleek and modern looks, padded adjustable straps, a zip-up pocket, and a sleeve that helps you attach it to the handle of your suitcase.

To buy: $545, tumi.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Valentino Garavani Rockstud Spike Quilted Leather Backpack

Add a bit of an edge to your outfits with this rock ‘n’ roll-inspired backpack. Our favorite thing about it (aside from the cool studs) is the removable top handle which helps you carry it as a tote.

To buy: $3,475, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Farfetch

Givenchy Duo Backpack

Why invest in a tote and a backpack when you can have both at the same time? This Italian-made faux leather piece has a quilted exterior that also features top handles and adjustable shoulder straps. It has a slip pocket inside, and plenty of space for your belongings.

To buy: $1,511, farfetch.com


Courtesy Spring

Tory Burch Fleming Backpack

This backpack not only looks chic thanks to cool details such as its chain back straps, textured logo, and leather drawstrings, but it also has a lot to offer in the functionality department with three exterior pockets.

To buy: $558, shopspring.com


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Orox Leather Co. Tochigi Full Leather Backpack

This cool backpack has a distinct minimalist aesthetic. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon from top quality leather, it has a roomy main compartment and also features a breathable back panel.

To buy: $640, ahalife.com


Courtesy Longchamp

Longchamp 3D Backpack

This sporty style by Longchamps features two front pockets and a large main compartment that closes with a drawstring in addition to the buckle. It is crafted from genuine calfskin leather and comes in three color options.

To buy: $945, longchamp.com