These Luxury Backpacks Are the Perfect Smart Casual Accessory


If you’re not a mini-bag type of person – and let’s face it, they’re not the most practical of accessories – why not invest in a backpack instead?

There are only so many essentials you can cram into those microscopic bags before you start to feel like a magician stuffing endless items into a tiny hat.

As remote work becomes a permanent part of most of our lifestyle, it’s become the norm to carry our mobile offices with us wherever we go.

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I don’t know about you, but I carry all my essentials with me wherever I go. I’m talking laptop, notepads, keys, make up, purse and more.

Just because we’re hauling around work essentials doesn’t mean we can’t do it in style. Personally, I still want to look chic and put together, even with the weight of my workload on my shoulders.

I have been searching for the perfect backpack to go with that goal, and so many designers have some of the most beautiful options available.

Let’s be honest; the idea of investing in a designer bag takes careful consideration (unless you’re a big spender.) Should you splurge on a designer handbag or question the value of a high-priced designer shoe

There’s a reason why these luxury items cost more than your standard fast fashion handbag. Designer handbags are typically made from high-quality materials, such as fine leather and premium fabrics.

The craftsmanship involved in creating these handbags is often intricate and labor-intensive, involving skilled artisans who are experts in their craft.

Designer handbags are often produced in limited quantities to maintain their exclusivity and desirability too. Limited production can drive up the price of these handbags, as demand often exceeds supply.

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I’ve never been the minimalist type, able to venture out for the day with only my phone and lip balm, but I’m not looking for a backpack that looks worn out after just a couple of wears.

That’s not to say you need to spend thousands, unless you want to. Rains offers long-lasting backpacks for under £100, while mid-range designer Ganni’s come in at under £300.

I’ve carefully compiled a selection of chic investment pieces that effortlessly blend style and functionality, making them perfect companions for tackling a busy day out.

Gone are the days when backpacks are associated with schoolyards; we’re talking luxury here.

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Logo-plaque recycled-nylon backpack from Prada

Logo-plaque recycled-nylon backpack, £1,580, Prada – buy now

Mini coated-canvas backpack from, Rains

Mini coated-canvas backpack, £75, Rains  – buy now

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Joe quilted leather backpack from SAINT LAURENT

Joe quilted leather backpack, £2,045, Saint Laurent – buy now

GG Supreme Monogram Backpack from Gucci

GG Supreme Monogram Backpack, £1,500, Gucci  – buy now

Women's Swirl Backpack in Multicolour from Paul Smith

Women’s Swirl Backpack in Multicolour, £565, Paul Smith – buy now

Small backpack Chanel

Small backpack, £4,750, Chanel – buy now

Women's Joan Leather and Suede Backpack from See by Chloé

Women’s Joan Leather and Suede Backpack, £410, See by Chloé – buy now

Leopard-print buckled backpack from GANNI

Leopard-print buckled backpack, £225, Ganni – buy now

Duma leather backpack Chanel

Preloved Duma leather backpack, £6,000, Chanel at Vestiaire Collective – buy now