Feb 03, 2015


Backpacks have been back in menswear for a while now,...

Backpacks have been back in menswear for a while now, but the quintessential school sack isn’t just for carting books to class anymore. Whether your demanding lifestyle calls for a carrying case or you’re just a sucker for the right complimentary accessory to your look of the day, backpacks are for everyone from workweek warriors to library-bound coeds.

This season designers are taking a techy approach to styles with unconventional accents, compartments and closures that speak to the modern man’s minimal aesthetic. We’ve selected several sacks that might catch your attention for lugging around your loot, whether you’re bringing home the bacon or scraping away on a ramen budget. Although, don’t get too excited…all of these prices aren’t so easy to swallow.

1. Y-3: Black Neoprene Pocked Day Backpack // $305

Structured neoprene backpack in black. Tonal mock leather trim. Carry handle at top of bag. Tonal logo appliqué at front face. Adjustable padded shoulder straps with accents in white. Reinforced back panel. U-shaped zip around closure at main compartment. Pocket with two-way zip closure at front face.


2. Porter: Olive Green Small Tanker Backpack // $175

Small military-inspired backpack in olive green. Gold-tone hardware. Front pouch pocket with zipper closure and black logo patch. Padded straps with adjustable slide-buckle fastenings at back body. Canvas top handle. Structured bottom. Interior pouch pocket with Velcro closure. Lined in bright orange.


3. Givenchy: Black & White Calf Leather Obsedia Backpack // $3,095

Matte buffed calf leather backpack in black. Contrast colorblock foldover flap at bag top in white leather. Structured patch pockets and grosgrain pinch-buckle straps at front and sides. Carry handle at top. Padded adjustable shoulder straps. Drawstring closure at bag throat opens to main compartment. Zip pocket at interior. Fully lined.


4. Moncler: Black Quilted Nylon Rucksack // $665

Quilted nylon rucksack in black. Silver-tone hardware. Foldover flap at main compartment with backpack clip closures and metallic logo piece. Drawstring closures under foldover flap. Adjustable shoulder straps. Vertical zip pocket at front face. Zipped access to main compartment at front panel. Cargo straps at front panel with lobster-claw clasps. Zippered welt pocket at side panel. Structured reinforced back panel. Patch pockets at interior.


5. Côte & Ciel: Black & Grey Rhine New Flat Backpack // $210

Slim structured textile backpack in black and grey mélange. Two-way ziparound closure and accordion side panels at main compartment. Padded adjustable textile shoulder straps. Textile grab handle. Zippered welt pocket at front panel. Inset horizontal zippered welt pockets at side seams. Padded back panel. Padded and elasticized welt pockets throughout interior. Fully lined. Tonal stitching.


6. A.P.C.: Black-Coated Craig Backpack // $235

Unstructured coated textile backpack in black. Tonal leather trim throughout. Silver-tone hardware. Zip closure at main compartment. Carry handle at top. Padded adjustable shoulder straps. Zippered patch pocket at front face. Leather cargo loops at front face and at base panel. Textile carry loop at base of front panel. Patch pockets at side panels.


7. Diesel: Black Drum Roll Backpack // $140

Textile backpack in black. Carry handle at top of bag. Adjustable padded shoulder straps. Zippered compartment and leather logo patch at front face. Tonal leather trim at side panels. Rigid back panel. Two-way zip closure at main compartment. Cellphone pocket and padded laptop compartment at bag interior. Fully lined.


8. Krisvanassche: Military Green Nylon Backpack // $450

Nylon backpack in military green. Matte black hardware. Carry handle at top. Two-way zip closure at main compartment. Zippered patch pocket and leather logo patch at bag face. Zippered welt pocket at side. Leather zip-pulls in bright orange. Adjustable padded shoulder straps. Patch pockets at bag interior. Fully lined. Tonal stitching.


9. 3.1 Phillip Lim: Black Nylon 31 Hour Backpack // $750

Minimal nylon backpack in black. Tonal hardware. Over- long adjustable leather shoulder straps with criss-crossing accents at back panels. Removable carry handle at top with pin-buckle closures. Two-way zip closure at main compartment. Zippered patch pocket at front. Zippered pocket at interior with leather logo patch. Tonal stitching.


10. Dolce & Gabbana: Red Canvas Leather Strap Backpack // $945

Unstructured canvas backpack in red. Leather straps and trim in dark brown. Grosgrain straps and trim in grey. Grab handle at top. Logo embossed patch and pin-buckle fastened straps at foldover flap closure. Adjustable grosgrain and leather shoulder straps. Zippered pocket at canvas lined interior. Tonal stitching.


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