Best Backpacks For Style And Functionality

By Zak Maoui, Faye Fearon, Angelo Mitakos
16 April 2020
Fashion, Online Shop, Backpack, Bags, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Coach, Prada, Philipp Plein, Burberry, Fendi, Bally, Vivienne Westwood, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Hugo Boss
For gym kits, overnights, long commutes and spontaneous adventures, shop GQ’s edit of the best backpacks you can buy right now

Gym kits, overnight stays, long commutes, spontaneous adventures – a backpack might not be at the top of your shopping list right now, but in a few months’ time it will be one of those items you’ll be glad to have invested in.

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Though the briefcase once reigned supreme as the workwear go-to, fast forward to 2020 and the humble backpack has taken poll position. They come in all shapes, sizes and designs, making them the ultimate go-to for office workers, off-duty hipsters and everyone in between. So, to set you up for all the endeavours you have planned post lockdown (which includes your regular nine-to-five), here are the best backpacks you can buy now and reap the style and functionality of later...

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Hugo Boss

Add some attitude to your outfit with this super-lightweight backpack by Hugo Boss. Made with a functional drawstring-and-flap closure with zip compartments to the side, it’s a military-inspired shape with an eye-catching, head-turning red camo print. $195 at


Logomania comes and goes, but for Gucci it’s always in fashion. Add some accessorised comfort to your outfit with this wool backpack, trimmed with textured black leather and contrasted with a technical mesh on the back. $1870 at

Aspinal Of London

In collaboration with David Gandy, Aspinal’s Aerodrome backpack is handcrafted from a smooth yet durable Italian leather and features contrast stitching. If it’s good enough for Gandy, it’s good enough for you. $599 at

Bottega Veneta

Leather is the most stylish material for backpacks. And who better than Bottega Veneta – one of the most hyped brands in high fashion right now – to satisfy our desires? This khaki design is calling to us. $3658 at

Vivienne Westwood

This classic black backpack from Vivienne Westwood is finished with her classic orb emblem in silver-tone hardware, sitting atop a tactile grained leather that’s constructed in a particularly slick silhouette. $659 at


MCM has switched up its colour palette for the classic Stark backpack. Now in a deep blue sea-grained leather with scarlet-red accents and straps, inside you’ll find a convenient interior sleeve that’s ideal for laptops and tablets. $910 at


This leather backpack from Bally is bold in colour and design alike. Finished with a fold-over buckle closure with an attached logo tag, it also has a drawstring opening, a diagonal front-zipped pocket and additional side pockets for ultimate organisation. $1443 at


Add a splash of colour to your outfits with this Fendi backpack. Made from calf leather with front-flap pocket and three separate zip fastenings, it’s finished with a 3-D-effect FF motif that really pops. $2623 at


The Ludlow organiser comes in both black and yellow (cue Wiz Khalifa chorus) and has three easy-to-access compartments making it the ideal go-to for busy city slickers. $1375 at


We’re big fans of Burberry’s modern monogram, so we’ll be investing in this striking backpack, stat. Adjustable shoulder straps, an inner laptop compartment and a utilitarian structure – what more could we ask for? $1374 at

Philipp Plein

Make a punk statement with this nylon, studded backpack from the king of extra, Philipp Plein. This one is for the maximalists of the world. $1612 at


Opt into the camo trend with this technical fabric backpack from Prada. A very practical choice, this bag features a top zip fastening, a front zip compartment, adjustable shoulder straps, an internal zipped pocket and a leather top handle, done in the Italian fashion house’s signature nylon. $1455 at


Coach’s Bleecker backpack will be the one that will just get better with age. Made from calf leather and seamed together with brass clasps and zips, there’s oodles of room for everyday and, indeed, overnight essentials. It’s complete with easy-access buckle, ready for snap-open situations. $872 at


Get on board with logomania in the chicest way possible by way of this backpack by Valentino. This all-consonants lettering by Valentino is quite the flex. $1600 at

Louis Vuitton

The Josh backpack by Louis Vuitton is ideal for weekend getaways. Lightweight and roomy, it fits all your essentials effortlessly – and rather stylishly too. $1581 at

Via British GQ