10 High-end Backpacks Totally Worth the Splurge
It's the bag that follows you everywhere, and seasoned travelers know backpacks aren't just for kids and their school books. Being able to cruise through airport security hands-free (or run unhindered to your gate) is reason enough to invest in the perfect travel pack. Utility may be paramount, but it’s worthwhile to cash in on an item that looks as good as it performs.
These bags aren’t just your run-of-the-mill knapsacks. Top designers, who use the most upscale (and durable) materials sourced from across the globe, have created these bags with travelers specifically in mind. And while you may not want to make this your primary pack while trekking across Bhutan, these stylish bags are ideal carry-ons, personal items, and weekenders.
Make an impression even on your way out the door with one of these top-of-the-line backpacks.
Coach Bleecker Backpack
Crafted from sport calf leather, Coach's Bleecker Backpack pays homage to the vintage saddlebag. Of course, the traditional bag has received a few modern updates — including a dedicated 17-inch laptop sleeve. It's available in both black and dark saddle.
To buy: coach.com, $695
Burberry Medium Rucksack
This nylon Burberry backpack is extremely durable, and the drawstring closure beneath the snap flap ensures items remain secure. Three exterior zip-pockets allow for easy access to items such as your cell phone or sunglasses. Leather tassels and gold zippers glam up the pack.
To buy: burberry.com, $1,350
Chloe Faye Small Leather and Suede Backpack
This chain-clip backpack by Chloe comes in five perfect-for-fall colors. And the zippers on the side aren't just decorative; they expand the pack to add more storage space.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $1,850
Rag & Bone Pilot Backpack
This sleek leather pack from Rag & Bone features an easily accessible side zipper that helps you access contents quickly. It is simple and classic, and will pair well with any travel outfit.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $650
Coach Campus Backpack
This simple Coach backpack blends utility and timeless style. Padded straps allow for extra shoulder comfort, and there is plenty of space for a 15-inch laptop or other large items. It's also available in deep burgundy.
To buy: coach.com, $395
Mansur Gavriel Mini Saffiano Leather Backpack
This fire-engine red backpack is sure to add a pop of color to any outfit.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $685
Gucci GG Marmont Quilted Leather Backpack
You'll be mistaken for a fashion editor with this chevron quilted Gucci bag in tow. It's surprisingly roomy inside for a compact bag and features three inner slots to help you stay organized and on trend.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $1,890
Bottega Woven Leather Backpack
This gray leather backpack is the perfect carry-all to swing over your shoulder when hopping in the car to road trip through southern Italy. Wedding utility and style, the pack features a front zipper pocket and adjustable shoulder straps.
To buy: bergdorfgoodman.com, $3,500
Fendi Croc Tail Leather Backpack
Fendi knows luxury, and this tumbled leather backpack is no exception. It's lightweight, equipped with a breathable mesh back, and roomy enough for an entire day of sightseeing.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $2,650
Coach Rivington Backpack in Signature Jacquard
This leather and jacquard men's backpack boasts enough space to pack carry-on essentials like a laptop or a few good books. Whatever you're bringing with you, drawstring and speedclip closures ensure your items stay where they belong.
To buy: coach.com, $495