Producers of altogether more elegant accessories, the group of designers at Aussie label Bellroy have become renowned for their stylish, modern take on everything from wallets and bags to passport holders and laptop cases. But it’s this Premium Classic that has caught our attention, constructed using high quality, sustainable leathers merged with dyed fabrics that age with more grace than standard market efforts. It also features a 15” laptop sleeve and a water resistant media compartment.
A brand for life besides the beach maybe, but Kelly Slater's Outerknown label is also known for its sustainable efforts and tough, rugged approach to fashion. It's with this in mind that the brand has teamed up with Japanese label New Life Project for a range of backpacks.
The range includes the 'backpack', which should be the only thing you need for a weekend getaway. A 17-inch laptop sleeve, ergonomic padded shoulder straps, a water-repellent coating and a tough-as-nails attitude. Your perfect exploring companion.
Peak Design make tools for doing. Their carry solutions help creatives, commuters, and adventurers keep their gear accessible, organised, and protected.
It’s fair to say that Lyndon and Jamie Cormack could only have dreamed of their instant success when launching Herschel back in 2009. The two Canadians targeted a younger 18-35 year old market and before they knew it their designs were popping up on the back and shoulders of bearded hipsters everywhere. They have pretty much stayed on track since, and even produce more modern, less vintage looking pieces such as this Pop Quiz Backpack, that still features the brand’s signature striped liner and a 15” laptop sleeve.
When Eastpak set up shop in Boston, Massachusetts all the way back in 1952, they had a simple goal - to create, develop and distribute travel gear to the masses. They even dabbled in providing safety equipment for the US army during the 60s and 70s. Now Eastpak are more closely associated with bags and travel accessories, such as this Navy Topped Backpack. It’s made using water repellent fabrics, and features interior and exterior pockets for phones and small laptops.
Realising that there was a gap in the market between high performance and classy everyday purpose outerwear, Rains entered the market with confidence in 2012. Scandanavians get hit with a lot of rainy, sleety conditions so you could say that the brand was perfectly placed to put their product to the test. Their collections are simple, stylish and above all practical, such as this Rolltop Backpack. The opening is inspired by the brand’s cycling rucksacks, with a folding top for total moisture resistance. It can hold up to 18 litres and also features a 15” laptop sleeve.
After starting life as a trendy little fashion store in New York’s hip SoHo district in 2009, Saturday Night NYC has now moved into the mainstream as a high quality lifestyle brand. Their designs are immaculately made, combining classic style and craftsmanship alongside a minimalist ethos. They’re not too shabby either at great accessories, such as this Hannes Backpack. It’s a take on a classic commuter, and cut from a heavy cotton canvas, perfect for those who spend their days jumping around the inner city.
Berlin-based Horizn Studios is perhaps best known for its range of 'smart' luggage, which is thoughtfully designed to make your trip through the airport terminal as easy as possible.
That same ethos is applied to the company's backpack collection, which includes the Gion, named after the Gion district in Kyoto. This bag is available in small or medium sizes and is completely waterproof, ensuring everything inside remains bone dry. It's also designed to attach harmoniously with Horizn's smart luggage by way of a nylon strap that slides over the suitcase's handle.
Samuel Bail and Abel Samet never aimed to create the brand that they now own, it was the end product of an obsession - to create the perfect overnight bag. Now, the two are head honchos at Troubadour, the business that grew from their combined passion. They now make bags and backpacks using artisan techniques and quality materials, like this Explorer Off Piste Rucksack. It's made from waterproof fabric, lining and zippers and features an integrated sleeve that slides over suitcase handles.
For a little luxe luggage in your life, check out Harber London. The British brand, founded in 2012, is a true champion of finely made leather goods, with all pieces being handcrafted in Spain.
All of Harber London's backpacks are designed for a purpose such as the Leather Backpack which can be bought with or without an extra insert on the front for more storage. Inside the clamshell design you're presented with dedicated pockets for all manner of tech including laptops and tablets alongside a wealth of pouches and other pockets so everything you need to carry has a place. The Full Grain Vegetable tanned leather will patina over time and can be had in three different colours.
When legendary fashion photographer and designer Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, he made a very ballsy move. He rebranded the iconic fashion house to the simple but effective Saint Laurent. And it’s safe to say it worked, and helped bring in a new perspective, propelling them back into the highest echelons of the industry.
This fantastic City backpack is a prime example of how this rebrand has opened up a flourish of more modern looking pieces. It’s made from premium fabrics, including tonal leather trims - all produced and constructed by hand in Italy.
Mismo’s focus on contemporary luxury is instantly visible in their end product. The Danish brand has been producing fantastic briefcases, travel bags and backpacks since 2003 - each with a touch of class that complements the ensemble of any well dressed modern gent - such as this Beluga backpack, inspired by traditional Danish cycling bags. It is waterproof thanks to double bonded, hand woven nylon and features a range of storage solutions for water bottles, laptops and smartphones.
Britain has a long history in terms of weekend motorcycle enthusiasts - cafe racers bombing from one place to another on Triumphs, Royal Enfields and Nortons. Inspired by this pastime, two British designers identified a need for quality, robust motorcycle luggage. There’s a lot of choice within their collections these days, but we have gone for this fantastic Adventurer Backpack. It’s made from a blend of British waxed cotton, waterproof fabrics and kevlar, perfect for those long weekend rides on the open road.
To get by in the grizzly infested forests of North America you better be prepared with the right type of kit. This is where Mystery Ranch comes in, a collective of designers that have been making outdoor gear for everyone from the military and hunters to hikers and mountaineers. They specialise in backpacks, such as this 40 litre Mission Duffel. Its’ made from 840D TPU coated Nylon and has a fully lined interior to help protect your essentials.
Similar to Harber London, Smythson is a British brand that places an emphasis on expertly crafted leather goods. However, unlike Harber London, Smythson has incredible history. Founded in 1887 on London's prestigious Bond Street, the purveyor of luxury leather goods has previously been the brand of choice for the likes of Grace Kelly, Sir Winston Churchill and European Royalty.
Smythson's backpacks are expensive, there's no denying, but with bags such as the Panama Zip Around being made in Italy from some of the finest crossgrain leather you'll ever lay your hands on, coupled with a number of intuitive pockets and a 13-inch laptop sleeve, they're worth every penny.
German brand Montblanc should need no introduction. Founded in 1906, Montblanc has remained a prominent feature in the luxury goods space ever since thanks to a combination of well-designed products and materials of seriously high quality. Best known for its range of pens, Montblanc has its leather-bound fingers in other product pies, which includes backpacks.
The Meisterstück backpack, like other products bearing the Meisterstück name, represents the cornerstone of Montblanc's backpack range. Made from soft frain leather with padded shoulder straps and a large main compartment for all your essentials, it's the very embodiment of what a luxury backpack should be.
Fed up with looking for affordable camera bags for their travels, a couple of close photographer friends decided to stick a project idea on Kickstarter and ended up becoming a global hit. Not only are their designs super practical and well thought out, they look great. This PRVKE is made from ballistic nylon that is extremely durable and stands up no problem against varying weather. It also features a roll top closure and straps to easily keep your equipment in place.
Aer started as a crowdfunding project in 2014. Their idea? To design a bag that could be used whether you were off to the gym or on the way to the office. Aer like to keep their designs simple, and put more of an effort into functionality. Their Duffel Pack model features a shoe compartment, bottle holder, laptop sleeve and YKK Japanese Zippers. So it’s safe to say they more than live up to their claims!
Mission Workshop started life as a bag company before expanding into countless other markets. Its bags remain a main focus and as a result there is a huge range to choose from. All Mission Workshop bags are made in the USA and all our weatherproof. Whether you want to protect your laptop or camera, find a bag for travelling or you simply need a daily carry bag, Mission Workshop has something for everyone.
The idea for Marmot first gathered momentum on Alaska’s Juneau Icefield, where a couple of Californian students decided to form a collective - which they named after the region’s highly social group of squirrels. The collective steadily formed into a brand in 1974, producing down products such as sleeping bags, jackets and vests for unforgiving winter climates. The brand now has a wide range of outdoor accessories, such as this Kompressor Meteor Backpack. It’s super lightweight and perfect for those who love a bit of adventure in their downtime.
If you’re into climbing or fond of a spot of skiing, chances are you may have come across the name Black Diamond a few times. The brand was formed by Yvon Chouinard in 1989, a man also recognised as the founder of Patagonia. This Blitz 20 represents everything the brand stands for, in that it is highly practical and made to be used in the great outdoors. It’s produced using ultralight Dynex fabrics, and features both ice pick pockets and an easily accessible waterproof lid pocket.
Deuter started out as a canvas and linen mill in the Bavarian town of Augsbourg all the way back in 1898. However, they are now more known for their high quality backpacks, bags and sleeping bags. But like everything of German cloth, they know how to keep things efficient, like this Gigant Daypack, perfect for those freelancers on the move. There’s an inner compartment for valuables, a document holder, laptop sleeve and even a bag for your tablet.