Let’s face it, backpacks are back.
And it’s kind of the best thing ever, considering they’re a way more comfortable, healthy way to lug around all of the gadgets that have become our everyday carry.
The coolest part? Companies are making chic versions for grown-ups that also accommodate your tech needs in smart, creative ways. I went on a hunt for chic backpacks that couldn’t be mistaken for the back-to-school kid variety— made of beautiful materials, in of-the-moment colors, all with a protective pocket for your laptop and lots of space for the rest of it.
Here is a close look at my four favorites for fall, along with some others I’ve got my eye on.
this is ground venture backpack
Underneath its gorgeous leather exterior, This is Ground’s Venture Backpack ($725) is a real smartypants. It comes with a laptop tray that allows you skip taking your computer out during airport security, a tracking tile in case you lose it, optional built-in WiFi (yes!), and a front pocket that perfectly organizes your phone, headphones, and other tech accoutrements.
bartaile’s black leather C12 backpack
The pockets are on point in Bartaile’s C12 Backpack ($325): think separate ones for your laptop, phone, cables and chargers, and even glasses (lined with microsuede). And the detachable straps allow you to turn it into a tote or cross-body bag if the situation calls for it. It’s a purse and backpack rolled in to one… will you ever need another bag?
everlane’s modern commuter backpack
If you’re always on the go, Everlane’s Modern Commuter backpack ($68) has comfortable contoured straps that move with you. Plus, it’s central pocket is super roomy, with space for both your laptop and gym clothes.
horizn studios backpack
In showstopping red leather, Horizon Studios backpack ($325) is as functional as it is beautiful. With a roomy, padded pocket for your laptop and all kinds of pockets for everything else, they’ve really thought of everything you might need to tote. Side buttons help it expand to hold all your stuff, and it’s finished in buttery full-grain leather. Plus, an optional smart charger can be tucked inside to keep your devices powered up through the day. Love this show-stopping red, which I’m thinking is this season’s new neutral.
What about you? Digging this season’s grown-up backpacks? Let me know in the comments.