If there’s one item we’re truly grateful for being given an haute makeover it’s the rucksack. Once just the preserve of backpackers and students, you never used to be able to find a sleek, grow-up version made out of anything but nylon for love nor money. But all that’s changed. The rucksack can be luxe (see the Fendi stye in our edit below), practical (Knomo’s are designed to cushion laptops), in keeping with your signature style, and best of all—covetable.
Want a black, suitably businessy version with gold hardware? No problem. Or what about a baby pink drawstring in soft leather? We’ve got just the thing.
Great for dashing around the city, a two-strap bag has the obvious benefits of being better for your back than a single-strap tote stuffed with everything but the kitchen sink. Plus, it works well with smart trainers for a look that’s contemporary and practical.
We suggest packing a small pochette with just your essentials for easy-to-reach convenience—keys, phone, purse, etc., then leave the bulky stuff housed in the main compartment.
Now all that’s left to do is decide on “the one.” Trust us, being hands-free never looked so good. Scroll through the gallery below for our pick of the best.
This dinky style may not be leather but it still packs a punch.
Blow the budget on this ice-cream coloured beauty.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
A slick, minimalistic style.
If you’re looking for a discreet style, this is a winner.
Navy leopard print in suede? We’re sold.
This beautiful high-street bag comes in a staggering nine different colourways.
Knomo’s bags are designed to cushion laptops and have plenty of handy compartments.
Kara’s bags provide an alternative, edgy take on the traditional rucksack.
A grown-up style with covetable, gold-tone hardware.
This felt style will add interesting texture to leather jackets and wool coats.
Manu Atelier’s atelier cult bags now come in double-strap form.
Smart or casual, there’s nothing oxblood won’t go with.
This clever, fold-over style won’t add bulk to your look.
A rose gold bag? Yes please…