15 Classic Leather Backpacks for Men and Women
When it comes to finding an all-day pack that can go on every adventure with you, a leather backpack is the stylish way to go. When exploring a new city, the need for a hands-free bag option that won’t let anything spill out is incredibly important. The last thing you want in a foreign, crowded place is to have to scramble to pick up your personal belongings that have fallen out on the ground. And leather packs offer just the right combination of practical and cool.
Leather is one of the unique materials that embraces natural wear and tear, only getting finer with time. The more you use leather goods, the more personalized they become. It may not always be the most affordable material, but a classic leather backpack will last you for the rest of your life.
One of the most important characteristics we look for in travel gear is the ability to transition between seasons, cities, occasions, and activities, and leather backpacks do this seamlessly. The versatility of the bags are unparalleled; take your pack on a sightseeing tour by day, and to dinner and live music by night — all you have to do is make a few key outfit changes.
We did the research for you by compiling the best classic leather backpacks for men and women (most of these are unisex). From a rugged look to a fun pop of color, we have you covered no matter what your travel style may be.
Water-repellent Leather: Filson
There’s no need to sacrifice style when the weather isn’t ideal. This Filson backpack is water-resistant and lined with a durable twill, so you can stay worry-free while traveling in a damp climate.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $795
A Classic Zip: Uri Minkoff
This minimal leather bag is Uri Minkoff’s take on the classic school pack. It’s roomy enough to organize all of your essentials, making it the perfect blend of form and function.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $295
A Pop of Color: Kenzo
Kenzo translates the mixed media trend onto their leather and neoprene pack with this brightly hued style. The vibrant blue brings is a lively update to your old and overused travel bag.
To buy: farfetch.com, $376
Sophisticated Luxury: Paul Smith
Smart design and durable leather are what makes this Paul Smith backpack an instantly chic addition to your travel wardrobe.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $1,195
A Rugged Look: Frye
You don’t have to be going on an adventurous escapade in order to wear a rugged and durable pack. This style made of durable leather looks just as good on city streets as it does on a safari.
To buy: zappos.com, $448
Jet-set Ready: Tumi
Tumi is known for their travel-ready accessories, and this high quality leather pack is no exception. Adjustable straps and internal organization pockets make it an exceptional carry-on.
To buy: tumi.com, $755
Vintage Look: Patricia Nash
This vintage-inspired rucksack evokes a feeling of travel in another era. Being extremely light at only 2 pounds, it will take you around the globe with comfort and ease.
To buy: macys.com, $199
Roll Top: El Cuero
Make a statement by toting this adjustable front-strapped leather backpack from El Cuero. It’s a funky alternative to the usual zippered bags.
To buy: amazon.com, $70
Pockets Galore: Polare
When it comes to keeping all of your most valuable travel items and documents organized, this multi-pocketed backpack delivers. It can fit a 16-inch laptop, along with other weekend essentials.
To buy: amazon.com, $140
Minimalist Chic: Mansur Gavriel
The pinnacle of sophisticated design, this backpack embodies everything that the cult brand Mansur Gavriel stands for.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $895
From a brand known for its quality leather goods, this camouflage pack is an urban take on a military classic.
To buy: coach.com, $750
Playful Pack: Fendi
Character bags aren’t just for school kids anymore. Fendi elevates the style with its mischievous Bag Bugs Backpack.
To buy: barneys.com, $2,100
Everyday Style: Shinola
Designed in Shinola’s Detroit based leather studio, this versatile pack is just as suitable for an everyday commuter bag as it is a go-to travel bag.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $995
Most Versatile: Lotuff
All of Lotuff’s leather goods are extraordinary, but this cleanly designed backpack is absolutely genius. It can be carried either as a tote or a backpack and makes the perfect carry-on.
To buy: shopspring.com, $840
Shape Shifter: Rebecca Minkoff
While this Rebecca Minkoff bag isn’t your traditional leather backpack because of its sculptural shape, it does hold everything you need for a day of sightseeing.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $295