The Best Backpacks You Need Right Now

By Zak Maoui, Eleanor Davies
06 August 2019
Backpack, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta

For when your crossbody is too small and a knapsack is too big

This week, we're talking backpacks. Gym kits, overnight stays, long commutes, spontaneous adventures – we've got them covered right here with our favourites. The briefcase was once an essential part of workwear uniform, but fast forward to 2019 and the humble backpack has now taken its position. They come in all shapes, sizes and designs, making them the ultimate go-to for work men to hipsters and everyone in between. So to make sure you're all set for your nine-to-five and beyond, here are the best backpacks that will set you apart from the rest...Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton
This Christopher backpack by Louis Vuitton is fashioned from supple calf leather. Accessorised with flags from around the world, the bag also features adjustable straps and a top handle for hand carrying. $4,205 at louisvuitton.com

Dsquared2

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Dsquared2
In the market for something simple yet ultra-stylish? Dsquared2 has you covered. The branding does all the talking for this backpack with the label’s slogan stamped on the oversized zip tag. Plus, it’s roomy enough for gym kit or all your work stuff. Win-win. $505 At selfridges.com

Prada

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Prada
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. $1,304 At farfetch.com

Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta
This black lambskin backpack from Bottega Veneta is a luxury investment. The design is compact and rectangular but will still fit your laptop, making it a practical choice too. $2,469 At farfetch.com

Dolce & Gabbana

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Dolce & Gabbana
Upgrade your street style with this military-style backpack. Two zipped side pockets provide plenty of room to store your belongings, while the gen-Z yellow rubber logo adds a splash of colour. $1,463 At farfetch.com

Bally

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Bally
Furry with just the right amount of colour, this is perhaps one of the best rucksacks you can slot your laptop into right now. $1,457 at bally.co.uk

Mulberry

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Mulberry
Mulberry has dusted off its archive to reissue its Heritage backpacks that were inspired by country pursuits. $823 at mulberry.com

Philipp Plein

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Philipp Plein
This Paris Roads nylon and eco leather backpack by Philipp Plein is a step away from the brand's classic PP logo backpacks. The signature-esque logo on the front adds a personal touch. $914 At farfetch.com

Eastpak x Raf Simons

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Eastpak x Raf Simons
This Padded Pak RR dual-colour bag is the latest release from the collaboration between Eastpak and Raf Simons. The zip has been reworked so can double up as a hood – handy for unpredictable British weather. $195 at eastpak.com

Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta
This white crocodile-skin backpack from Bottega Veneta is a luxury investment. The design is compact and rectangular but it can still fit a laptop, making it practical too. $29,257 At harrods.com

Aspinal Of London

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Aspinal Of London
Aspinal Of London's shadow rucksack is a mixture of both luxury leather and suede. From the two front pockets to the adjustable strap and top handle, this bag has been designed to be super easy to use and comfortable to wear. $604 at aspinaloflondon.com

Smythson

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Smythson
The simple Burlington backpack comes in four colours and two sizes, so there really is something for everyone. $1,091 at smythson.com

Tumi

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Tumi
Talk about durability: Tumi's hardwearing nylon fabric is strong enough to survive the wear and tear of everyday commuter life and your adventures further afield. With pockets and inner compartments galore, the luggage experts have covered everything here. $1,091 at uk.tumi.com

Coach

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Coach
This 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, plus it's unbelievably sumptuous and stylish, OK? $847 at uk.coach.com

Passavant And Lee

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Passavant And Lee
Quality not quantity here, where super-luxury bag-maker Passavant Ant Lee (British, of course) continues to belt out, well, belters, with beautifully constructed leather bags from the finest tanneries in Italy. Also available in deep hunter green and dark brown, it's worth taking a look at the label's work. $1,212 at passavantandlee.com

Dunhill

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Dunhill
For a smarter take on the traditional PE bag (and to nail this spring's camel trend), go for this suede backpack. $762 at dunhill.com

Valentino

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Valentino
Get on board logomania in the chicest way possible by way of this rucksack. $1,555 at valentino.com

Burberry

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Burberry
Unfold the straps on this backpack and you're left with a bumbag. Two in one functionality at its very best. $719 at burberry.co.uk

Saint Laurent

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Saint Laurent
Go hell for animal print à la Jeff Goldblum with this calfskin backpack from Saint Laurent. $1,402 at ysl.com

Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton
After a rucksack that will do you for a few days? This is your ultimate travel companion. $4,208 at louisvuitton.com

Gucci

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Gucci
If ever we saw a Glastonbury essential, this was it. $4,025 at gucci.com

MCM

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MCM
With airline-inspired details such as the front pull cord, this will be your best mate when you take to the skies this spring. $1,036 at mcmworldwide.com

Versace

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Versace
This tabloid-print backpack will have you making the headlines for all the right reasons. $1,342 at versace.com

Polo Ralph Lauren

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Polo Ralph Lauren
Go full collegiate with this backpack from Polo Ralph Lauren. $206 at ralphlauren.com

Giorgio Armani

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Giorgio Armani
This cotton-canvas backpack will be your perfect beach companion when you hit Capri this summer. $2,135 at armani.com


Via British GQ