The Best Designer Backpacks That Are Worth the Investment

As working remotely continues to be a longstanding lifestyle, carrying around our mobile offices (aka bags containing laptops, chargers, and books) wherever we go has become normalised. This has inspired our search for the best designer backpacks—because why shouldn't we look good as we lug our things from one coffee shop to the next between office visits? Of course, like any worthwhile bag needed to replace a desk drawer, you want your backpack to fit all of your essentials comfortably while possessing a more polished aesthetic. With that said, there are styles for every preference, with a handful of options leading the pack.

At the same time, for the luxury resale businesses, the most popular brands for backpacks are Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, with Gucci's most loved and popular canvas backpack. It is timeless, fashionable, and functional.

We conducted hours of research on the best designer backpacks, evaluating them on materials, dimensions, and colour ranges. After consulting with various fashionistas we landed on these top-rated choices.

Best Overall: Gucci Canvas Backpack

Gucci Canvas Coated Backpack

 

If you're a fan of Gucci bags in general, this Gucci backpack is the best of everything. It’s crafted with leather trims and designed with the signature GG Supreme canvas and an interlocking G patch for a logo-driven yet classic look. Size-wise, it’s roomy enough to hold essentials such as a phone, keys, a wallet, and a book or an iPad and has exterior and interior pockets for organisation. 

Material: Canvas with leather accents | Dimensions: 10.4 x 11.8 x 5.1 inches | Colour Options: Beige/White, GG Supreme

Best Large: Chanel Large Backpack 22

Chanel Large Backpack 22

This Chanel backpack is super spacious. It’s almost like an overnight or weekend bag, but carryable on your back. It’s a quality investment staple with classic details, like the brand’s eponymous gold-wrapped chain and bold logo. A zipper pocket in the back makes for easy access, and there's a top handle if you don’t feel like carrying it on your shoulders. 

Materials: Calfskin | Dimensions: 19.9 × 15.6 × 3.5 inches | Color Options: Black

Best Nylon: Prada Backpack

Prada Nylon Backpack

This sporty nylon backpack mingles utility and style in a way that doesn’t dress you down. It reflects the main characteristics of the brand: innovative materials, sensible luxury, and a reinvention of the classics with recycled plastic material collected from the ocean in classic black. 

Materials: Recycled nylon material | Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 15 cm | Color Options: Black

Best Black: Saint Laurent Backpack

Saint Laurent Black Backpack

This classic black leather backpack by Saint Laurent is low-profile yet lightweight and roomy enough for an overnight trip or weekend away—and sure to be an elegant addition to your bag rotation. When you’re on the go, feel confident that your items are safe because of the magnetic strap and drawstring closure

Materials: Leather | Dimensions: 11.4 x 14.7 x 5.5 inches | Color Options: Black

Best Formal: Cuyana Leather Backpack

Formal Cuyana Leather Backpack

“Our leather backpack is one of my all-time favorite products,” says Shilpa Shah, a co-founder of Cuyana, a label specialising in responsible luxury leather goods. “It delivers both beauty and function, with a timeless, versatile design, alongside thoughtful touches to maximize comfort, provide plenty of storage, and streamline organization.” Like all of Cuyana’s leather products, the backpack is made with Leather Working Group (LWG)-certified leather, so shoppers can feel sustainably responsible about their purchase. The bag also comes in three sizes (mini, 13-inch, and 16-inch), so you can find the best option for your lifestyle.

Material: Leather | Dimensions: 13-inch: 13.3 x 9.6 x 7.2 inches, 16-inch: 15.1 x 11 x 7, Mini: 10.5 x 7.6 x 7.2 | Color Options: Black, Cappuccino, Stone

 

For this story, we conducted hours of research, sifted through reviews, and interviewed three experts for buying tips and insight into what to look for in a designer backpack. Then, we researched today's best buys, narrowing them down to the most stylish, versatile, practical, and comfortable options.

We evaluated each designer backpack on these attributes:

  • Style
  • Comfortability
  • Storage capacity
  • Materials/make
  • Size
  • Reviews
  • Price

We hope this helps you find YOUR perfect backpack that fits perfectly with your style and lifestyle.