It’s back-to-school season! Many of us may be far from high school so this may mean little to nothing. You might have forgotten or forced yourself to forget about the ultimate school bag that used to be mostly for utility than style—the backpack. It’s associated with the dreaded memories of tedious lectures we barely survived fully awake.
No matter if you’re going to a college campus or an office, let these 8 designer backpacks change your perception, because even at the cusp of adulthood, you can’t deny what a huge convenience backpacks are. And, these bags won’t weigh you down like they used to.
Our Favorite Designer Backpacks in 2018-2019
SAINT LAURENT Toy Leather Backpack
This may be Saint Laurent‘s best backpack to date. It’s just a simple and plain black textured leather exterior but with an embroidery of the label’s name in script that mimics a hurried and careless but equally pleasant penmanship. It would suit anyone of any age, as long as you like to create a quiet spectacle with a fashion house’s name on your bag.
Burberry Navy Medium Nylon Rucksack
Trying to dress maturely with a backpack isn’t a lost cause—it’s just a test of creativity and panache. The right blend of your natural poised flair and a streamlined backpack is your way to being the best-dressed in your campus or office. Take this backpack from Burberry; the use of nylon creates a satiny finish. That’s already one mark that says you’re a responsible, put-together, adult woman.
SAINT LAURENT Mini City sequinned backpack
Follow the experts and go to town with sequins. This is the time that no one will look at you with judgment for going extra with a sequin-covered backpack, especially when it’s designer-approved. Besides, this Saint Laurent number is not about being flashy, just unapologetically flamboyant. It’s trimmed with calf leather to break the monotony, if that’s even possible with sequins.
BURBERRY SMALL LEATHER-TRIMMED ROSE GABARDINE BACKPACK
The aforementioned Burberry backpack also comes in rose gabardine. This calls to those who like to flaunt light pastel colors in almost everything they own to match a neutral-toned wardrobe. It’s sized small to counter the childish, schoolgirl vibe of a big, bulky pink backpack.
MONCLER padded backpack
There’s no question about the ergonomic quality of puffer jackets. With the unexpected snowstorms this season, it’s your quick fix for getting away with having only one or two layers underneath. Put that same puffer design on a backpack and you’re good for the rest of winter. This bright red one from Moncler also gives you a pop of color to remedy the winter gloom.
MONCLER New Georgette printed backpack
In the same puffer style, Moncler digressed from the bold red to girly floral. This small black backpack is the perfect supplementary accessory during winter break vacations and snowboarding holidays to bring you a bit of summer cheer.
MOSCHINO Playboy Toy Bear backpack
Display your playful side like Jeremy Scott did in this Moschino and Playboy collaboration. This Toy Bear backpack was made with the best of highly-regarded Italian leather to achieve the sleekness and simplicity of the one-compartment bag, but added with the lighthearted teddy print to contrast it.
FENDI BACK TO SCHOOL MINI LIGHT-BLUE LEATHER BACKPACK
Fendi‘s powder blue mini backpack is such an adorable and refreshing sight. Despite its size, it proves to be useful and fit for several occasions as it can be worn in two ways: as a backpack or cross-body bag. It’s a pick-me-up item during exam days or when you’re in a general rut.
VALENTINO ROCKSTUD LEATHER TRIMMED QUILTED SATIN TWILL BACKPACK
No matter what activity you have planned for the day this backpack from Valentino will surely have you travel in style. This pack is just perfect to carry your everyday essentials. Crafted from satin-twill and leather embellished with gold pyramid studs featuring a two-way zip fastening on the top and adjustable straps, this bag will definitely make a statement wherever you go.
TORY BURCH FLEMING LEATHER BACKPACK
If you’re opting for an elegant and contemporary style of pack then say hello to this Tory Burch Fleming Leather backpack. It features an adjustable chain and leather shoulder straps with flap covers and magnetic closure and the brand’s logo at the center of the flap. It is comfortable and stylish enough to walk around the city.
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA FELINE LEATHER BACKPACK
Sophisticated, simple and whimsically detailed with a “Kitty” face, this charming pack from Charlotte Olympia will melt your heart. Created from soft leather with adjustable shoulder straps, this piece is sized to let you bring your smaller items. Its attractiveness will definitely completely your unique style.
MARC JACOBS MINI LEATHER TRIMMED SHELL BACKPACK
Opting for a sporty touch with your pack? This Marc Jacobs biker mini leather shell backpack is the right one for you. It is practical for carrying your daily essentials while roaming around the city. It made from durable black shell and leather with two-way zip fastening on top. Cross different places with this bag with comfort and style.
MCM STARK VISETOS SIDE STUD BACKPACK
Created with style, quality, and functionality in mind this MCM Stark Visetos backpack is every girl’s favorite travel buddy. An iconic piece that is timeless you will never sacrifice style owning this pack. Made from calf leather equipped with shiny golden hardware, rolled top handle, adjustable shoulder straps and side slip pockets with studded trim this bag suits all styles even seasons.
GHURKA LEATHER BACKPACK
Ghurka’s minimalist design on this piece is an awesome buy. It comes in black color and sleek design that can work with any style you’re going for. It features side and front zip pockets and a spacious interior to carry all your essentials.
BALENCIAGA LOGO PRINT LEATHER BACKPACK
An iconic piece from Balenciaga, this logo-printed backpack is both classic and versatile. It has a simple yet very elegant design that will certainly suit your style and work perfectly with your wardrobe. This designer bag features flat top handle, adjustable shoulder straps, a two-way zip around top closure. This bag is trendy enough that it will surely glam up your look.
CHLOE FAYE LEATHER AND SUEDE BACKPACK
Looking for something where you can carry your essentials in style? Then Chloé‘s ‘Faye’ backpack is just the right one for you. Made from gray textured leather and paneled suede flap, a functional interior with two pockets to keep your phone and other essentials secure and organized. This backpack and its stylish minimal look will give you the perfect city chic vibe.
ANYA HINDMARCH BLACK NYLON EYES BACKPACK
If you want to add cuteness in your style then upgrade your look with this Anya Hindmarch eyes backpack. This adorable piece comes with adjustable padded shoulder straps for comfort and zippered compartments and nylon lined interior. This bag is a great piece to bring to your everyday adventure.
MCQ ALEXANDER MCQUEEN WHITE CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK
Torn between a backpack and a handbag? This piece from McQ Alexander McQueen’s white convertible mini box backpack is the one for you. It is flexible enough to be a backpack for a hand free travel or a handbag for a sophisticated day out. It features studded detailing, detachable and adjustable shoulder straps, zippered pockets and logo patch interior. So if you’re looking for a bag with a variety of uses and an appearance that will never go out of style then this lovely item is an absolute must have.
THE ROW LEATHER BACKPACK
Going on an adventure with a leather backpack is one of the classiest ways to go. So if you want to explore a new city at ease then you can never go wrong and out of style with this leather bag from The Row. Fashioned with smooth calfskin with palladium hardware, adjustable webbed back straps, flat bottom structure, fabric lining and a drawstring top with a magnetic snap this piece is both practical and trendy to visit a crowded place where you don’t have to scramble for your stuffs.
PRADA VELA LEATHER TRIMMED SHELL BACKPACK
Taking a day-off to go sightseeing with Prada’s “Vela” backpack is perfect to organize all your essentials. This piece is created with style and durable leather with buckle-fastening drawstring top and long adjustable straps for a comfortable fit.
STELLA MCCARTNEY FALABELLA BACKPACK
Stella McCartney’s Falabella nylon backpack’s simple yet elegant design is perfect for an adventurous escapade. Its smart chic style features a flat top handle, adjustable straps, zip-around top closures and an exterior front zip pocket if you want an easy access to your essentials like wallet and cellphone.
KENZO BLACK TIGER BACKPACK
This sleek black backpack from Kenzo with graphic embroidery is made of canvas material with zippered compartment and partially lined interior. Indeed canvas backpacks are versatile and they can generally work with many outfits. So if you are going for a more laid back look make this Kenzo backpack a part of your wardrobe.
MIU-MIU NAVY PATCHES BACKPACK
Miu Miu’s nylon backpack is creatively designed with multi-colored graphic patches, a classic piece that effortlessly makes a statement on its own. This iconic piece will catch the eyes of those who are young at hearts. It comes in navy blue and black color, created with nylon and leather fashioned with padded mesh for a comfortable back support, adjustable shoulder straps and a zippered compartment at face. This backpack is solid in build and can match casual outfits easily.
BURBERRY Small leather-trimmed gabardine backpack
Burberry’s invention of gabardine is only one of the ways that shows the founder, Thomas Burberry himself, and the fashion house’s expert credentials is way up in the fashion industry. It was created since its early years and to this day it manifests itself into useful and practical accessories like this pure black gabardine backpack with brown leather trims.
BURBERRY The Medium Rucksack in Vintage Check and Leather
This structured cotton check backpack with black leather trims blends an antique and old school-looking print with the modern flap backpack style. This will definitely go well even with your office outfits, and serve well too with its spacious compartment and many pockets.
BURBERRY Leather-trimmed checked coated-canvas backpack
This backpack is a throwback to Burberry’s early years when their trench coats were used for military purposes. The grim colors of the check print were once used for the lining, but this time it is fully on display using canvas with grainy leather trims.
BURBERRY medium Rucksack in technical nylon and leather
This midnight blue backpack is on point with a monochrome wardrobe. You don’t have to worry about your clothes having to mix and match with your bag because the dark hue of the nylon material only reflects a subtle glimmer. Silver-tone hardware and accents also complement other accessories.
BURBERRY Leather-trimmed gabardine backpack
Gabardine is a water-resistant material that allows ventilation, so however light or heavy your load is, this backpack allows air to pass through and mold or contract itself according to your things. The dark shade of red is attractive for a backpack and combined with the gold-tone hardware, this bag is all for serving looks.
BURBERRY medium Rucksack in technical nylon and leather
This medium rucksack is similar to the check print one in size and construction but this involves a heavy use of girly shades of reds and pinks. The bright pink accents on the flap make this a practical choice for dangerous trips where you might end up lost in the woods; it makes you easier to spot. But on a less serious note, this backpack really does make a bulky bag attractive.
BURBERRY Leather-trimmed tartan coated-canvas backpack
This Scottish tartan plaid is a diversion from Burberry’s signature check print but it’s not far from the original. It’s still recognizable as a Burberry piece because of the red and green combo and, of course, the small logo print.
Alexander McQueen Backpacks
McQ by Alexander McQueen Loveless convertible backpack
Find yourself wanting of a bag that does the job but also is great with theatrical effects? Look no further, McQ’s nailed it with this convertible. Despite the name, it’s not quite the loveless backpack we think it would be because the effect on us is just the opposite. The bag gives you many options on how to hold it, but we think having the straps over your shoulders is still the best way to go. Plus, the leather fringes would be less appealing if they’re positioned in any other way than upright.
McQ by Alexander McQueen Loveless 69 studded convertible box bag
Alexander McQueen’s all for presentation, and if you didn’t quite note it with the previous bag, then you’ll definitely feel the impact of this studded box bag. The softness of the black calf leather is quite a sight to behold especially when the metal accents give it more shimmer. There’s plenty of things to do with this one too, thanks to the detachable straps and more than enough number of pockets.
McQ by Alexander McQueen classic Loveless backpack
When embodying British heritage, there’s usually two ways to go at it. One’s with a classic, functional design, the other is with a bold, law-defying construction. The British label fuses both in this Loveless backpack, which has the makings of a chic leather bag but also the dramatic effects courtesy of the fringes. The supple leather really sells the piece as it is luxurious and topnotch all over.
McQ by Alexander McQueen Stud Mini Convertible Box Backpack
We may prefer black bags over their lighter versions, but it won’t keep us from featuring this white box backpack that’s just as great an option as the others if you want something that will remain appealing and bold in the long run. The mini convertible bag is rugged with the presence of the studs and pebbled leather, plus versatile as you can wear it across the body, as a shoulder bag, or go with the usual.
McQ by Alexander McQueen Loveless backpack
There’s something alluring about this Loveless backpack that we just can’t pinpoint. It can be the lustrous leather, the distinct construction, metallic accents, dramatic effects through the fringes, or the seemingly capacious interior. We’re not sure what it is, really, but all you need to know is that we want it, badly.
McQ by Alexander McQueen Loveless convertible backpack
By now you’re probably noticing a trend with the fringes that keep appearing on many versions of the Loveless convertible backpack. While we love the dramatic sway they give, we’re completely digging this bag’s many compartments stuffed in an easy to carry construction. The supple leather is also inviting now and will still be in the future, we bet.
Backpacks We Love in 2018
BURBERRY LIGHT-BLUE TEXTURED-LEATHER BACKPACK
Let’s kick this off with a military-inspired design from the popular British luxury fashion house, Burberry. It has a cushioned back that adds that extra comfort when you plan to carry heavy items on this beautiful bag.
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GANCIO BACKPACK
Known for their fine Italian leather, Salvatorre Ferragamo delivers this hobo chic design accentuated with gold-plated zippers and a subtle iconic double Gancio logo in front.
GUCCI QUEEN MARGARET LEATHER BACKPACK
Made with smooth quilted leather, this Gucci must-have carries a signature detail – Alessandro Michele’s bee that is beautifully embellished nesting right in the middle of this exquisite item. It also has a bamboo handle on top, giving you an option to use it as a handbag.
TOD’S WAVE LEATHER BACKPACK
From another Italian luxury brand, this backpack is made from gorgeous textured leather. Subtle design with rubber pebbles at the bottom is what this collection is known for. The removable straps also allows you to use them as a crossbody bag.
CHLOÉ FAYE STUDDED SUEDE AND LEATHER BACKPACK
A stunner from Chloé, this backpack is perfect for days when you feel like you just want to bring the small items. The suede and leather material gives different textures for your outfit, and provides that chic bohemian touch.
FENDI BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK
Not your average school bag, Fendi presents us with a simple and exquisitely elegant backpack that women of all ages would love to have. This smooth leather bag has a long silver chain, that enables you to wear it on your shoulder or crossbody.
GUCCI MARMONT LEATHER BACKPACK
Another Gucci beauty, this bag is made from smooth black leather, quilted to add those graceful chevron lines that gives a more polished look. It is also embellished with the famous double-G logo in gold and a nice strap on top.
VALENTINO GARAVANI TWINY BACKPACK
Made from calfskin grained leather, this knockout is both chic and edgy. It carries Valentino’s signature Rockstud hardware, paired with a classic and functional design.
YVES SAINT LAURENT LOULOU BACKPACK
A simple design always go a long way. Yves Saint Laurent is known for their craftsmanship of leather, and it truly shows in this beautiful calfskin leather bag. Embellished with nothing but their signature monogram in silver-tone hardware, this backpack is surely a keeper!
VERSACE STUDDED MEDUSA BACKPACK
With this super trendy Versace backpack, you will sure turn heads because of the bright and striking contrast the gold studs against the black leather provides. For immediate recognition, it features the luxury house’s iconic Medusa detail. For functionality, it has a top zip enclosure, front compartment, top handle and shoulder straps that you can adjust to your liking.
OFF-WHITE PRINTED CANVAS BACKPACK
Single color backpacks get a bit boring and Off-White knows you sometimes look for a pop color to be different. Alongside the stylish combination of orange and black (because you know, “Orange is the new black,” according to that one show on Netflix), this gorgeous bag also has unique straps that look like industrial tapes, white logo placement at the front that makes it exceptional, and metal cord because everybody wants to be extra every now and then. For your belongings, it has a huge main compartment and two front pockets for convenience.
MANU ATELIER RED FERNWEH MINI SUEDE BACKPACK
One of the go-to colors, red offers a perfect balance of elegance and sustainability sprinkled with the right amount of grace. Just like this suede Manu Atelier backpack that looks luxurious, thanks to the material and recognizable gold branding on the top. Don’t be fooled. Even with its slouchy appearance, you can stuff so many things inside. It has a front pouch so you have a place for belongings you want to easily access.
JW ANDERSON PIERCE MINI EMBROIDERED CANVAS AND LEATHER BACKPACK
For most of you who have the tendency to gravitate towards black in practically every clothing store, you’re definitely going to love this JW Anderson‘s backpack for the twist it delivers. Embellished with logos all over, this made from embroidered canvas and leather beauty has a large inner compartment sealed with an adjustable string that you can tighten according to your preference. It has a top handle and back straps so you can easily wear it two ways. But the recognizable finishing touch is definitely the gold hoops which totally upped this bag to another level.
DOLCE & GABBANA VULCANO STUDDED APPLIQUÉD SHELL BACKPACK
You no longer only see embroidery on clothes and frames, Dolce & Gabbana brings it to bags too—and it looks great! Sprinkling this black shall-made backpack with both sass and sweetness are the soft, lovely rose patterns contrasted against the structured, punk-ish metallic studs. Built for the modern, powerful women, you can surely fit your laptop and books inside. And following the brand’s rich tradition of fashion-forward style, it has a surprising leopard print inside and a faux pearl button on the front pocket.
MOSCHINO PLAYBOY TEDDY BACKPACK
Millennial pink is still in and no one is complaining. Jeremy Scott knows how attractive and warming the color pink is so it makes sense that Moschino has a pink, leather bag that has a playboy teddy design on top. Oozing with playful coolness, this backpack has gold zippers that shine, darker shade straps, and front pockets for convenience.
SAINT LAURENT ROSE-PRINT SATIN CITY BACKPACK
You know when sometimes you’re not sure if combining prints and patterns will work? Saint Laurent already saves you time and energy for rose and polka—and honestly, it looks amazing! Crafted from satin and trimmed with leather, you will love the functionalities of this pretty pack: A top handle and adjustable padded straps to carry it whichever way you like, and zip enclosure both on the main and front compartment for your treasured essentials.
BURBERRY LEATHER-TRIMMED TARTAN COATED-CANVAS BACKPACK
The real epitome of timeless classic is this Burberry tartan backpack. Can you imagine yourself walking the streets, commuting to work, or even exploring new cities with this chicness? Yes, you’re not alone! It’s that good! Made from coated-canvas and trimmed with leather lining, this bag, with adjustable straps and functional three (we repeat, three) front packets, will keep your stuff dry—even your electronics—and give your outfit that preppy vibe.
GIVENCHY BAMBI BACKPACK
Ah, Bambi. Feeling nostalgic about the past when you were a kid, when life was a simpler, when you’re free from responsibilities? Relieve your childhood and more with this red Givenchy backpack decorated with spliced Bambi image. It has a round shape, top handle, zip enclosure, front pockets and another zipped pocket inside to stow away those pressure belonging of yours.
KENZO PINK SMALL LOGO BACKPACK
Have you ever shopped in the store or online and let out an excited, almost soundless, “Yasss. Need. That. Right. Now.” You will surely do that (or maybe you already did!) for this truly stylish pink Nylon backpack. Incorporating modern design and contrasting subtle pink with heavy black outlined zips and handle, this leather and grosgrain made bag with silver-tone zippers and padded shoulders will be your favorite in no time.
PRADA BLACK QUILTED VELVET BACKPACK
Count on Prada for backpacks that you can actually wear to a formal event. While it’s an unconventional choice, this bag can surely complete your look and make you stand out because of its attractive, muted quilted exterior. With velvet material, magnetic closure, and beautiful gold buckles, you don’t really have to worry if you look and feel lavish and chic enough—because you definitely do!
ANYA HINDMARCH BLACK MINI EYES BACKPACK
Carefully mixing cuteness with sophistication is this leather backpack from Anya Hindmarch. It obviously is black, and it also obviously has a bold graphic on the front pocket. Love it or hate it, but you can really stuff a lot inside, keep them safe and dry with the gold zip enclosures, and make sure they stay in place because this bag has a structured shape and design.
SAINT LAURENT LARGE TIE-DYE SATIN BACKPACK
If your goal is to lead the pack with modern and tasteful fashion pieces, then you find yourself at the right place and time because Saint Laurent has this truly dreamy tie-dye backpack. Made from ombre satin, this has a distinct black zip lining, top handle, and adjustable straps. Honestly, it’s not easy to not love this backpack. You can wear this to the beach or to a casual brunch with friends.
STELLA MCCARTNEY THE FALABELLA GO FAUX LEATHER-TRIMMED SATIN BACKPACK
Whether you’ve got your laptop, books, tablets, extra clothes, or makeup kits, this Stella McCartney faux leather backpack guarantees enough room for everything. Made from satin, this gorgeous blue bag is adorned with silver chains, flexible shoulder straps, and convenient front pockets for your go-to essentials.
MONCLER SHEARLING PRINTED BACKPACK
Made for the rainy and cold days, this Moncler backpack will 100% protect your stuff and complete your ensemble at the same time. Crafted from shearling, this pack will be a great addition to your bag collection simply for the one of a kind print on the front. Aside from its powdery white exterior, it has quilted, black shoulder straps that add another layer of warmth, top handle so you can carry it with your hands, and an internal pocket with zipped enclosure to separate your essentials from the not.
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA FELINE EMBROIDERED BACKPACK
Cats already took over the internet and for feline lovers (even those who don’t!) out there, this Charlotte Olympia ultra-fun backpack is the most perfect (yup, that’s two superlatives right there) one for you. Coming in bright red and showered with gold-toned cat design and hardware, this calf leather-made bag features gold drawstrings and buckle straps, as well as creative, eye-catching (see that?) cat ear details.
SAINT LAURENT LEATHER-TRIMMED EMBROIDERED CANVAS BACKPACK
If you can’t let go of your love for truly flexible but stylish black backpacks that you can effortlessly wear with practically anything, then this Saint Laurent one should find its way to your closet. With its round shape, spacious interior, and convenient front internal and front pockets, this can actually be your everyday bag. Crafted from tactile canvas, what makes this special is the printed brand lettering that comes in bright blue.
As with handbags, backpacks have different variations. Not everything will suit your taste, but the right one will call to you and you’ll know how to work it. It can totally be fashion-forward, but only if you allow it to be, so let it.