Until recently backpacks were strongly associated with students and schoolchildren but modern fashion has made these kinds of bags trendy again. Now people prefer an active lifestyle, and it influences the way they dress. An elegant woman now can wear not only high heels and skirts but sneakers and jeans as well. Running errands or going on a trip we prefer convenient clothes and shoes, and of course, we need a bag that will fit all the necessary stuff and still be chic.
Fashion houses try to follow up-to-date trends and have created plenty of backpacks for numerous situations. One of the biggest advantages of backpacks is that they set your hands free. That can be convenient when traveling or riding a bike. A quality high-end backpack is an ideal addition to a stylish outfit. Meeting with business partners, going on a date, walking in a park with children - a luxury backpack will serve you well and long. Take a look at the top 10 best designers backpacks for every style and occasion.
1. Louis Vuitton Montsouris Backpack
Brief history: this backpack was first introduced to the public at the end of the 20th century and reached its popularity in the 2000s. Now the original version is no longer available and is considered vintage. Reintroduced in 2017, the Montsouris backpack has become one of the most desirable items, but now it can be found only on resale websites.
Description: nothing can look more chic than an LV Montsouris backpack with the brand's signature brown canvas. It can serve both as a luxury and a sporty accessory and is perfect for daily wear. The new version is slightly different from the original Montsouris: it has a pocket on the front, longer drawstrings, and a bottom made from canvas, not leather.
Dimensions and price: initially it was represented in three sizes, and was suitable for both men and women. A recent version of the backpack has only one size: 10" L x 3.5" W x 11.5" H. The official retail price in 2017 was $1,150.
What fits inside: a backpack is perfect for daily use in the city, you can carry a bottle of water or a small book along with all your essentials. Montsouris is ideal for traveling, as it can fit a camera if you don't plan to carry it on your neck. Celebrities like Kanye West and Kendall Jenner are frequently seen carrying Montsouris backpacks when appearing in the public.
2. Louis Vuitton Bosphore Backpack
Brief history: one of the most legendary backpacks that is still sought after by stylish men and women was discontinued in 2017.
Description: Bosphore is a spacious unisex item, it has four small pockets on the front to organize all your stuff. It is manufactured from the famous LV monogram canvas, has one roomy compartment inside with a drawstring closure and a flap top. Straps are wide so the backpack sits comfortably on the shoulders.
Dimensions and price: the backpack is very roomy and measures 12.25" L x 4.5" W x 14.25" H. Bosphore can be found only as a preloved item. The original retail price was $1,950.
What fits inside: Bosphore is ideal for students, as it fits books and documents easily. You can also put a laptop inside a big compartment and organize other stuff like keys and wallets in numerous pockets. The backpack is a perfect solution for an overnight trip, as you can put some clothes inside and still look chic and elegant carrying a bag like that.
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3. Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack
Brief history: this backpack is one of the most recent in the LV family. In 2016 Palm Springs backpacks made their first appearance on the runway and gained huge success among celebrities and stylish community since then. The LV Palm Springs Mini backpack was noticed in Bella Hadid and Rihanna's hands.
Description: the backpack is made from the iconic monogram canvas, has one compartment inside, and a small zipped pocket on the front. All backpacks have top leather handles, shoulder straps, and a scarf loop on the bottom. The fashion house has also made several limited-edition collections in different colors.
Dimensions and price: Palm Springs backpacks exist in three sizes, with Mini being the most popular among fashion lovers. It costs $1,990 and has the following measurements: 11.4" L x 3.5" W x 7.9" H. The price for the biggest Palm Springs reaches $2,400. The collection has different color variations, so the price for non-classical items is even higher.
What fits inside: you won't be able to put much in Palm Springs backpack, so it's suitable for situations when you need essentials only but want to have your hands free. A phone, a wallet, keys, a lipstick, and a gum will fit easily even in the Mini version. Palm Springs is very practical for daily wear, in case you don't need to carry much and go for a walk or to have coffee with your friends.
4.Louis Vuitton Michael Backpack
Brief history: although the backpack itself is a recent invention, the signature Damier pattern used for it was created by Louis Vuitton himself and his son and is as old as the Eiffel Tower! The collection was resealed in 2008 to honor the 120th anniversary of the great founder of the fashion house.
Description: unlike Montsouris or Bosphore backpacks, this collection was created for men only. The legendary brown color on canvases was replaced by black and gray to create a stylish look. The Michael backpack has one main compartment with an interior padded laptop compartment that is opened with two-way zippers and two exterior pockets on the front.
Dimensions and price: the official retail price of the Michael backpack is $3,900. The bag was released in one size only: 10.2" L x 6.7" W x 19.3" H.
What fits inside: this backpack is ideal for both business and holiday trips. The interior has a special pocket to put your laptop and numerous compartments to organize small items like pens and notebooks.
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5. Gucci Bamboo Backpack
Brief history: this collection traces back to the 1940s, when the fashion house came up with this creative idea to use bamboo for the bags, as leather and metal were hard to find during war times. It was a huge success and Gucci continued manufacturing it. In 2010 the entire collection was renovated. Bamboo collection backpacks are now considered to be vintage and available in resale stores only.
Description: the backpack has one big compartment with a flat top closure and two small pockets on the front. The most significant parts of the bag are the top round handle and the buttons on the front pockets made of bamboo. The backpack has adjustable shoulder straps and is represented in many colors.
Dimensions and price: the bag has several sizes, the medium being the most popular one. It has the following measurements: 12" L x 4" W x 12" H. As the collection is discontinued, items are quite rare. As far as the pre-loved market is concerned, the price for this Gucci Bamboo Backpack Blue Jeans in our online consignment shop is $999.
What fits inside: Gucci Bamboo is a chic addition to your daily outfit, it's very light and can be used for running errands or going on a date. An elegant bamboo handle makes it an ideal bag for summer. It won't be big enough to fit in papers or a laptop but it will easily fit daily essentials like a wallet, keys, a phone, and a lipstick.
6. Gucci GG Supreme Ophidia Backpack
Brief history: Ophidia is a relatively new collection of bags, it was introduced in 2018 but the iconic web detail made it a classic since the first appearance.
Description: Ophidia is crafted in supreme canvas with Gucci symbolic, having leather trims and green and red web detail in the middle of the backpack running from top to bottom. A two-way zipper opens up to one large compartment, there is also one spacious pocket for a phone. Two wide shoulder straps are very comfortable, a leather top handle makes it possible to wear the bag in your hand.
Dimensions and price: this is a classical Gucci backpack, existing in different sizes. The smallest one is 8.5" L x 6" W x 11.5" H. The official retail price on the Gucci website for a backpack of this size is $1,590.
What fits inside: small Ophidia is not designed to carry heavy things, as they might ruin its structure. The backpack can be a nice accessory to your city outfit. Bigger bags can fit papers, notebooks, and even a laptop inside, which makes it great for study or work. The backpack looks both classy and sporty and is perfect for everyday wear in the city.
7. Gucci 1955 Horsebit Backpack
Brief history: this backpack was inspired by the Gucci Horsebit line, first introduced in 1955. The line itself was renewed in 2019 but immediately became a classic reminding fashion lovers from all over the world about the iconic details from the past.
Description: the simple design of this backpack is perfect for both men and women, although the official website states this item is designed for males. There are two variations of the backpack: one in the signature GG canvas, the second made of fine black leather. A flat top closure opens up to one spacious compartment, a zipped pocket on the front has a Horsebit detail.
Dimensions and price: the price on the official website starts from $2,290 for a backpack in supreme GG canvas, and $200 more for a black leather item. Measurements are the same: 10.6" L x 6.5" W x 13.8" H.
What fits inside: the backpack is quite roomy and is ideal for business trips and meetings. It can fit all daily essentials, papers, and even a small laptop. A unisex design looks good on both men and women and makes the backpack an irreplaceable part of a busy life in a big city.
8. Chanel Drawstring Backpack
Brief history: the drawstring backpack was introduced in 2016-2017 and was made to resemble a boyish handbag.
Description: the Chanel drawstring backpack has quite a unique design featuring a top handle and chain shoulder straps. It has the famous Chanel quilting and the signature CC lock on the front pocket.
Dimensions and price: the backpack comes in different sizes, but the smallest are the most practical ones. The dimensions might seem small but an interior is very roomy: 9" L x 4.1" W x 8.8" H. This style is already discontinued but you can find this Chanel drawstring backpack in very good pre-loved condition in our online shop!
What fits inside: although, backpack looks marvelous and attracts attention, it's actually not very practical. The best way to wear it by holding the top handle, not on shoulders. If you don't need plenty of things to carry with you, you can choose a bag of the smallest size for your daily essentials. The backpack can be a nice accessory for your evening outfit, which is quite rare for bags of this kind.
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9. Dolce and Gabbana Vulcano Backpack
Brief history: the Vulcano backpack is represented in different styles starting from simple black leather bag to green military color. The famous designers change and update details, adding playful features but Vulcano still remains a classical and convenient backpack for males.
Description: depending on the style, the backpack can be either neat or rather funky. A two-way zipper opens up to one spacious compartment. For your convenience, there is also a big front pocket to put all the things you take out often, like your phone or keys.
Dimensions and price: the bag is represented in one size measuring: 11.8" L x 7.9" W x 16.9" H. The official retail price starts from $1,220.
What fits inside: thanks to its roomy interior the Vulcano backpack is perfect for business trips, traveling as well as for everyday use. It will easily fit a laptop, or a change of clothes if you're going on a trip, documents, papers, and other daily essentials.
10. Prada Nylon and Saffiano Leather Backpack
Brief history: one of the most significant features of the Prada fashion house is its nylon and saffiano bags. Backpacks by this brand are the most coveted item for fashion lovers. After the release, Prada has only been changing colors, but the bags remain a part of the permanent collection and can be found on the official website.
Description: this simple and basic backpack comes in different colors, but has one style. Mostly the bag is made of nylon but has a saffiano leather trim. A flat top closure hides a big roomy compartment with two pockets, one of them is zipped. Two small front pockets with buckle are great for storing small essentials like keys or gum. The other variation of the same backpack doesn't have pockets on the front.
Dimensions and price: the official retail price on the Prada website is $1,420. The measurements of this item: 11" L x 4.3" W x 10.2" H.
What fits inside: this model is ideal for small business trips. Though style is simple but has feminine details. The backpack won't fit large items like documents or a laptop but will be ideal for a hike, walking or running errands in the city. Prada Nylon and Saffiano backpack is practical and goes well with sporty outfits.