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The reason why backpacks seldom look good on a grown adult is because they’re never the right ones. They’re the ones that look like they were carried over from college years, bought at airports or won at a staff party. The thing is, they’re so damn convenient at carrying all your things that people often forget you don’t have to sacrifice style in order to get function. That’s right, folks. There’s a whole range of options out there to choose from that will not only make it easier to lug around all your stuff, but also look great while doing it.
Utility meets chic simplicity with this textured number from Canadian brand, Want les Essentiels. It’s business as usual when it comes to the understated functional elegance that the company has become so well known for. Clean lines and top notch materials (see: leather base, custom padlock and a body made of a cotton/linen blend from France) guarantee a sophisticated look, regardless of whether you’re heading to the office or out for groceries. Want les Essentiels, $650
There are few brands out there that speak to elevated luxury quite like Tom Ford. The man’s talent for turning everyday items into lust-worthy must-haves is one that few other designers can match. Exhibit A: this made-in-Italy backpack. To the untrained eye, it may look like just a nice bag, but any discerning individual knows that the devil is in the details. And oh how delightfully sinful they are with features that include a pebble grain leather exterior, suede base, palladium hardware and a selection of handles to accommodate your preferred means of hauling your things. Tom Ford, $4,400, available at Harry Rosen.
Yes, you’re an adult. And while that comes with its own parameters and expectations, it’s perfectly fine to emulate your younger years so long as you do it right. This bag from American designer, Thom Browne, is a playful interpretation of a school backpack that’s not only work appropriate, but also a great option for those weekend getaways thanks to its durable canvas and leather mix. It’s got enough personality to add the perfect level of charm to your look. Them Browne, $2,425, available at Holt Renfrew.
Going for a brand like Gucci only means that you’re looking to make a statement, but in the best way possible. Given their recent resurrection (thanks to a brilliant new head designer), the Italian brand’s newest wares have just the right amount of whimsicality mixed with rich opulence to make a lasting impression. Roomy enough to hold your laptop and a change of clothes, it’s a versatile option that offers the benefits of both a briefcase and a gym bag in one. $1,770
As much as we’d like to try, it’s hard to forget the logo emblazoned era of the 90’s and early 2000’s. Thankfully, popular tastes have steered away from the garish branding of the past, opting for a more subtle approach to design instead. Much redeemed of its past misgivings is heritage brand Coach. You won’t see overt logos here, but rather an emphasis on beautiful craftsmanship and quality. Rugged and sophisticated all at once, it’s a bag well suited for the busy person on the go. Comprised of sport calf leather with vintage burnishing, the bag is something that will only look better with age. So go ahead, rough it up a little. It’s meant to be used. $595