Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Our round-up of the backpacks that will carry you stylishly from the boardroom into the weekend...

It’s fair to say that the humble backpack has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, and frankly, we can’t understand why it hasn’t happened sooner. Not only are they far more comfortable, functional and convenient than their over-the-shoulder counterparts, they are now a credible style choice — thanks to a host of designers who have worked to bring a little smart-casual chic to this everyday staple.

And, if you’re curious but cautious about investing in one right now, then allow us to recommend that you opt to keep things classically simple with a black leather design. Designed with your office wear in mind, these bags are smart enough for the boardroom, but casual enough for you to throw over your shoulder as you head out for Saturday morning brunch.

Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

For the gentleman who travels regularly with work, the Smythson‘s ‘Bond’ Backpack is a smart choice. Expertly made in Italy from smooth leather and featuring a spacious interior that will easily hold your documents and tablet – you can also use the smaller pockets to keep charging cables and pens neatly organised.

Alternatively, the ever-cool Common Projects have designed a typically simple yet effective offering in their leather backpack. Smart, discreet and practical — we particularly like the space provided in the front section for any loose change or cards.

Another seriously smart design can be seen in the Bennett Winch Full-Grain Leather Backpack, which has been made from Tuscan leather, selected for its richness, durability and characterful full-grain that will disguise wear and tear and age beautifully. Inside, it features a handy detachable section to separate your kit and keep everything organised.

Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Bennett Winch Full-Grain Leather Backpack

£850

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Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Common Projects Leather Backpack

£875

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Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Smythson Bond Leather Backpack

£995

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As increasing numbers are opting to avoid the tube wherever possible, the Brooks England Pickwick Perforated Leather Backpack has been designed with the frequent cyclist in mind. Made from perforated leather that has a reflective underlay for on-the-road visibility and featuring a sturdy belt to keep it in place as you ride — this backpack will also keep your laptop or tablet safe in the internal padded sleeve.

If you’re looking for something even more robust, then the Montblanc Extreme Leather Backpack has been designed to prepare you for any and all of the obstacles that the urban jungle might throw your way. Featuring a neoprene lining and robust aluminium fittings, this backpack provides extra resilience to wear and tear. Fill it up on busy days when you need to go hands-free.

And, for something completely different, Cote & Ciel have put form on equal footing with function in their Isar Leather Backpack. This ingenious design was inspired both by architecture and the human body — and the result is an ergonomic piece, designed so you can easily access your laptop and work essentials while benefiting from its ample space, utter comfort and contemporary style.

Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Brooks England Pickwick Perforated Leather Backpack

£300

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Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Montblanc Extreme Leather Backpack

£690

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Here’s why your next backpack should be leather

Cote & Ciel Isar Leather Backpack

£615

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