Do you remember the days when a backpack was either functional or stylish, but never both? Nowadays, we have a much larger variety of design backpacks available to us which can be both stylish and suitable for everyday life. Here, we are going to share our picks of the best backpacks of the year. From smart leather work bags to more informal day bags, we have something for everyone.
The Best Backpacks of The Year
Looking for an adventure bag that is in line with your eco world view? The Nova Sling design backpack by Dagne Dover is not only filled with pockets, compartments and useful accessories, but is also made from mainly recycled materials. Using recycled plastic bottles, this sustainably created bag is helping you reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing and being a friend to Mama Earth.Shop now
This oversized design backpack is not only good-looking but it’s seriously versatile too! With an enormous capacity and added webbed straps, this backpack can be worn on your back, as a shoulder bag or even carried by hand. Made from Italian leather and a contrasting parachute nylon lining, this is the best backpack for anyone wanting to travel in style.Shop now
Looking for the best backpack to fit in with your nomadic working life? The Westholme is a great sheepskin leather backpack that is large enough to fit a laptop. With several compartments and pockets, the beauty of this design backpack is the padded areas within that are designed to protect your devices and tech from any knocks or bumps.Shop now
Another great backpack for travelling, the APC Logo-Detailed Leather Trimmed Ottoman Backpack is made from APCs signature Ottoman fabric that is designed to be both lightweight and sturdy at the same time. Offering lots of exterior pockets, complete with leather trims for extra reinforcement, this lightweight back is the ideal carryon bag for flyers. Buckles and drawstring fastenings complete the look and also add security.Shop now
Hailed as the millennial equivalent of the briefcase, leather design backpacks are a perfectly acceptable office bag. With its sleek design and understated hardware, the Atlas Leather backpack is not only stylish but also offers many features such as optional shelves within, side access and specially designated laptop and passport sections.Shop now
Designed with everyday commuting in mind, the SoFo Backpack City is well-equipped with compartments, additional padded interior and padding on the shoulder straps and back for added comfort. Fitting an average sized laptop comfortably, this recycled cotton (with recycled polyester lining) design backpack is great for vegans and eco-conscious buyers.Shop now
Just when you thought designer bags came in clutch size with chain straps, along comes the Berluti Hiker Scritto Swipe leather backpack to show them all how design bags don’t have to be delicate and handheld. This bag is made from rare Venezia leather and handcrafted in Italy. It really is a wonderful statement piece as well as one of the best backpacks when it comes to function.Shop now
For those wanting a more rugged style and appearance for a design backpack, the Orlebar Brown Knox Nylon Backpack is a fantastic blend of high quality design and functionality. Featuring the designer emblem and three exterior pockets, the best feature of this bag is all the added padding on the straps and back. These have been put in with comfort in mind, and they certainly don’t disappoint.Shop now
Looking for a more European style? The Legacy Business Backpack is made from the softest leather that Tuscany has to offer, and the design just screams European business trip. Featuring two simple compartments and kissing zippers, the Legacy speaks volumes in its pared back design and sleek lines. Compatible with the Legacy Luggage Range, this is the best backpack we have found so far for travelling.Shop now
Renowned for making beautiful designs, the Paul Smith Geo Monogram Print Backpack does not disappoint. Made from predominantly calf leather, the gold-tone lettering on this bag lets everyone know that this is one stylish designer backpack. It has several pockets, including the two handy slough pockets on either side. The monogram print sets this bag off nicely and shows that you can have both style and function.Shop now
So, whether you have an upcoming business trip or a city getaway planned or simply want to upgrade your current backpack, we hope that one (or more) of the design backpacks from our list have caught your eye.