Whether you’re a student, commuter, hiker, or jetsetter, there’s no better way to stow your belongings than in a handy backpack. That said, there’s nothing more luxurious to sling over your shoulders than a lavish bag made of leather. While many leather backpacks resemble one another at a glance, the intricate details and dedicated craftsmanship that put together some of the accessory world’s finest options make each one worthy of your consideration. However, as it applies to everything else, some of these choices stand head and shoulders above the rest.
There’s a reason most brands separate their leather goods from their basic accessories, and it’s because leather often comes with a price — nevertheless, it’s typically worth it. Seeing as a grand return to the office is in full swing for many of us, it’s only right to head back to the workplace (or wherever else you have to be) in style. As a result, we’ve narrowed down 15 of the best leather backpacks you can pick up to add a bit of luxury to your carrying duties.
Maverick & Co. Earthen Recycled Leather Backpack
Seeing as we’re only a few days removed from Earth Day, we figured it’d be best to kick this list off with a sustainable option. The Earthen Recycled Leather Backpack is as sustainable as it gets, seeing as its composition comes to shape via nothing but recycled material, as the brand’s abidance to give back to the planet is integral to its mission statement. This option boasts a recycled leather makeup and recycled nylon lining, the latter of which leads to a 16” laptop compartment, handy elastic organizer, and bolstered water resistance.
WP Standard Roll Top Backpack
WP Standard’s handsome Roll Top Backpack pulls no gimmicks and comes available in three subtle colors: tan, brown, and black. What you see is what you get with this piece, as it sheds your average rudimentary zipper and replaces it with a traditional roll-top design, providing additional elemental protection and no pesky fasteners to worry about breaking down over time. Standing precisely 16” high and 12.5” long, this is sure to serve as a great choice for the price, especially considering its comfortable, adjustable webbed canvas straps.
Harbor London Slim Laptop Backpack
To shed some additional weight, Harber London delivers on a perfect option tailored specifically toward laptops and tablets. The family-run artisan’s aptly-named Slim Laptop Backpack practically serves as a tech organizer, featuring a front pocket to hold your chargers and internal ones that can stow a 12.9” iPad Pro with a keyboard attached, going to show that it’s equally capable of holding on to a 13” MacBook Pro. Handmade in Spain from rich, full-grain cowhide leather, this choice is remarkably sleek and is rounded out with a pair of comfortable straps.
Welsh Mountain Rolltop
Welsh claims that its handsome Rolltop Pack is geared toward adventurers, and when you take a look at its bevy of features, we can’t deny that. However, with its 15” interior laptop sleeve and cell phone pocket, it’s safe to say that this handsome leather backpack is also perfect for your average commuter. This durable bag measures 28.5” tall, 13.5” wide, and comes equipped with a pair of adjustable straps.
Satchel & Page Leather Backpack
Satchel & Page’s rudimentarily-named pack serves as a top-notch showcase of form and function. Aimed toward travelers, this Tuscan leather-crafted option is vegetable-tanned and aniline-dyed to provide a gorgeous sheen. It also features chic antique brass hardware and a smooth tobacco suede lining. As far as its carrying attributes are concerned, the bag offers a pair of padded laptop compartments that can hold the latest 16” MacBook Pro, as well as an additional tablet sleeve. These are accompanied by an interior zipped pocket, two additional open pockets, and an exterior zipped pocket for easy access to your phone, passport, or charger.
Troubadour Slipstream Backpack
As one of the most ergonomically comfortable options you’ll find here, Troubadour knows how much of a hassle it can be to carry what feels like the world on your shoulders. Thanks to its breathable back panel and padded shouldered straps, this is as easy to throw on as a lightweight EDC bag. Plus, you can practically take it out in any weather, as it’s made from waterproof Italian vegetable-tanned leather, adding a touch of sumptuousness to your workday, plane ride, or lecture.
Tanner Goods Holton Leather Pack
The leather expert in Tanner Goods touts its Holton Leather Pack as a “solution for modern Hemingways,” as the brand claims that it can’t help but wonder what the famed author used to carry around over the course of his extensive travels. While it’s hard to imagine that he would’ve needed to use an interior laptop sleeve, it’s easy to assume that The Sun Also Rises author would have appreciated the Holton’s rugged makeup, right down to its aircraft-grade aluminum hardware that’s built to take on nearly anything.
Killspencer Utility Backpack
KILLSPENCER’s extensive catalog of carry-ons and folios is based on a meticulous makeup that seeps over to the entirety of its accessories, which is why we had to give the Utility Backpack the recognition it deserves. The full-grain leather backpack is rounded out with Bullhide leather accents, including its handle and front flap. For added elemental protection, it features a pair of Riri Aquazip water-resistant zippers, as well as a fire-retardant and waterproof nylon lining — how’s that for keeping your gear in good hands?
Shinola Runwell Backpack
Surely, you’re familiar with Shinola’s sprawling collection of timepieces, but its leather goods are arguably even more noteworthy. The Detroit-bred label’s flagship Runwell is as casual as it is smooth, crafted from natural grain leather, and finished off with nickel hardware for some added shine. The natural variation is bound to patina as time goes on, meaning this backpack will just get better with age. Equipped with a pair of slip pockets and a surfeit of pen pockets, this is perfect for heading back to the office.
TUMI Ashton Morrison
If you have both a tablet and laptop that you need to carry with you on the go, then this is the perfect choice for you. Tumi’s Ashton Morrison Backpack doesn’t only boast a 15” laptop sleeve, but a padded iPad pocket as well, with both boasting a protective lining for guaranteed security. In addition to these two compartments, there are three additional media pockets, a rear slip pocket, a pocket at the front flap, and a couple of others spread through the top and interior.
Lotuff Leather Zipper Backpack
Lotuff’s gorgeous Leather Zipper Backpack is made to order and may take as long as nine weeks to hit your doorstep — be that as it may, it’s entirely worth it. The handmade bag is built to last for years thanks to its sturdy, tumbled leather composition, and even comes available in a variety of vibrant shades, including lush Cordovan and a more lighthearted Green.
Hardgraft Well-Rounded Backpack
Similar to Lotuff’s sporty, streamlined option, Hardgraft puts together quite an impressive piece in its own right. The blacked-out Well-Rounded Backpack features discreet, hidden zippers to not distract from its gorgeous exterior made up of a combination of vegetable-tanned Italian leather and water-repellent Italian coated canvas. Measuring just over a foot high, its low-key composition aims to provide you with a simpler option to carry all your gear. However, don’t think its subtle design translates to a lack of features, as this Italian-made option comes equipped with an exterior zipped laptop pocket that you can barely catch with the naked eye.
Ezra Arthur Keystone Nickel Detail Leather Rucksack
Ezra Arthur is adept at crafting a wide variety of quality leather accessories, whether it’s handsome bracelets or, in this case, a head-turning, vintage-inspired backpack. The Keystone Brass Detail Leather Rucksack is composed of scratch-resistant wax-and-oil finished Horween leather and comes available in a quartet of stunning colors. Standing 18” tall, the spacious option can fit a laptop as large as 15” and comes equipped with an additional interior pocket. For added adjustability, it features a buckle-strap closure, which lends a major hand in providing that nostalgic look the brand was chasing.
Ghurka Blazer No. 278
If you’re aiming for sheer decadence, then the elite artisans at Ghurka are here to deliver. The traditionally-designed Blazer No. 278 features a pair of roomy exterior pockets that are rounded out with the brand’s signature tab closures, keeping your phone and accessories safe and sound. Standing 12.5” high at first glance, this option is much more than meets the eye, offering enough interior space to hold a laptop as big as 15” across. If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the rest, any of the four colors offered here make for a trail-blazing choice.
Dunhill Belgrave Full-Grain Leather Backpack
This gorgeous option from Dunhill is perfect to finish off this luxurious list. The robust Belgrave Full-Grain Leather Backpack boasts a capacity of roughly 26 liters and a pair of adjustable straps to assist you in carrying that weight. It also features a padded zipped laptop sleeve for enhanced protection, as well as additional pockets spread through its interior in both zipped and pouch form. Rounded out with a two-way zipper and a sleek metal buckle, this Italian made-bag is built to hold gear as sumptuous as the accessory itself.
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