I love the look of a backpack—so urban-chic and no-nonsense. Plus, they are so much kinder to your back than carrying your life around in a handbag. I am thinking about getting one for travel, because I hate dragging a huge tote around the airport, and like the idea of being hands-free.
The dark green on this option from Everlane is really good, but it comes in a couple of other colors too.
A poppy red choice from Mansur Gavriel.
Another Fjallraven model worth considering.
A simple, straightforward backpack from Clare V.
Kara’s backpack is a favorite of mine: so streamlined, with an oversize zipper that makes a big statement.
The natural leather here will age really well.
An understatedly elegant choice from Rag & Bone.
Just your basic black backpack, from Herschel.
This is faux leather and a great deal.
I didn’t used to like it when backpacks were shaped like something other than backpacks, but now I can see the utility of having a backpack that reads like a handbag, and for that reason I like this one from Allsaints.
This is actually a gym bag, and it’s nicely big, so I’m thinking it would be great for travel.
A cute little canvas number with touches of leather.
This could easily go from work to evening.
You know how geeked out I am lately on Longchamp bags, so I am loving this. It comes in black and a couple of other colors too, but I think the blue is kind of fun and less-expected.
I’m not typically the biggest fan of hardware, but I really like it here.
This looks a bit like what the woman in the top picture is carrying.
A leather backpack that’s pretty reasonably priced.
And finally: something gorgeous, spendy, and French from Jerome Dreyfuss.
Did you miss my post on excellent everyday handbags?