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Luxe Leather Backpacks Made for Any Style

Written by Shanae Hardy  |   September 19, 2017

Finessed with fine leather detailing or a full-leather canvas, certain backpacks are leading when it comes to how its brand merges functionality with fashion. Implementing luxe leather or luxurious leather materials with modern features, these bags can be worn as an everyday staple piece or for business and travel escapades. Whether nuanced in a contemporary style or enamored by a functional construct, these backpacks are for those who take delight in sassy rucksacks and backpacks.

Brooks’ Timeless Packs

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Since 1866, Brooks England has been an expert at using premium luxe leather to craft durable saddles, packs and other products. What started as a manufacturer of leather harnesses and tackles for horses evolved into a cyclists’ brand. Its cyclist-centered innovations would eventually trickle into distinguished accessories and gear. This Centurion brand has grandfathered the concept of practical packs for urban and performance exploration. The Brooks England Islington in Total Black exudes sophistication with its water resistant, black canvas and mature leather details. Convertible shoulder straps unbuckle into straps that cross across the chest and the rolled main compartment gives it a dual character as a cyclists’ or commuters’ pack.

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Makers of Urban Icon

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This Parisian brand wears its confidence on your shoulders—literally. A compilation of fashion-forward designs and technical savvy features, these packs defy conventional standards for style and practicality. A simple, symmetric construct involves Italian leather and eccentric compartments for a bold and edgy aesthetic. The Côte & Ciel Ganges Alias backpack exemplifies this unique approach. Paying homage to a historic Japanese bag, the Furoshiki, its petite, subtle body houses the main compartment with a padded tablet pocket and two additional front zippers. Rocking silver exposed zippers and braided leather lace, it can easily transform from a daypack to a sexy tote.

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Filson Pioneers Quality, Durability

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Rising to fame during the peak of the Great Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s, Filson has been providing durable products that can withstand intense conditions and longevity since the 19th century. Creating clothes and blankets to protect Stampeders from the harsh Alaskan winters, the same inept designs are still used today to make luxe leather rucksacks and backpacks. From an apparels’ manufacturer to infiltrating the accessories industry, Filson is making strides with its rustic, heavyweight options. The Filson Rucksack Backpack portrays its quality stance. Rendered in bridle leather and Twill fabric, this pack is meant to stand firm against age and wear. Its urban design features a spacious main compartment, three external organizer pockets, and solid brass buckles, as well as a double needle construct. Be prepared for whatever life throws at you with Filson.

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Representing American Heritage with Frye

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Founded in 1863, Frye has committed itself to making iconic leather goods. A popular, fashion brand that first crept in the hearts of Americans with crafted, leather boot designs, Frye is a renowned brand that has created custom designs for celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, and Jackie Kennedy. Today, it's still perpetuating its oath to long-lasting, artisan apparel with their collection of shoes, backpacks, bags, and accessories. Shop the collection featuring the Frye Clara Fringe backpack. Toying with Western-style influences in unison with a music festival vibe, this bag adorns a boho-chic style. Complete with suede and Italian luxe leather, dangling tassels and rustic metal details will have you swinging with style.

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Ivy Kirzhner’s Collection Redefines Trends

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A mogul inspired by her Filipino culture and bold femininity, Ivy Kirzhner uses fine, leather material to craft the embodiment of her creative spirit. Launching her self-titled brand, IVY KIRZHNER NEW YORK, at New York Fashion Week 2012, her recognizable shoe collection quickly gained esteem among celebrities and beauty mavens including Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Tori Kelly, Shakira, and designer Marissa Webb. Fast-forward to current day and her backpack collection is just as notorious as her footwear designs. Utilizing an architectural perspective and her keen sense of fashion, Ivy Kirzhner’s collection maybe miniature in stature but not in detail. The Ivy Kirzhner Pluto backpack is a Brazilian bombshell that features braided leather tubular handles, leather tassel fringe details and an 18k gold stud pattern on its top fold. This aristocrat of backpacks is for the boss chicks who own their bold lifestyles.

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Mifland Redefines Traveling in Style

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A leather goods company based in Atlanta and New York, Mifland is a trendsetter when it comes to traveling and journeying backpacks. Not dramatized with complex features and designs, the simplicity of these bags highlights its exceptional leather skin. Its materials are not meddled with dangling accessories or excess pockets, giving it the ability to form a patina or age into its own unique rucksack. The Mifland Mini Rucksack in natural is the perfect canvas for an aging bag that only gets better with time. The small pack has a spacious body that gives it the capacity to travel alongside its companion. Handcrafted from polished vegetable leather, it’s body features copper detailing and slender neutral straps that give it a certain je ne sais quoi.

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By Women for Women

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Launched in 2015 by longtime friends Christina Gestios and Amanda Tsatsoulis, Philo is a brand that not only serves flawless backpacks but intrepid women living in Uganda. Driven by a social conscious and the entrepreneurial aspirations of third-world women, Philo is a response to the independence many women lack because of resources. With a minimalist appeal that doesn’t skimp on durability and functionality, these classic bags are meant to be a timeless and charitable investment. Crafted with artisan, supple cowhide leather, the Executive Play Convertible bag is a sophisticated number that entails a tight drawstring closure, convertible shoulder straps, and mobile and tablet phone pockets. Rock this chic pack with a sleek ensemble for Friday night cocktails or pair it with your professional work outfit, ready to execute that business proposal.

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Shanae Hardy

About the Author

Shanae Hardy is the Content Editor for A journalism graduate of the University of Central Florida, she has experience in producing and editing digital content for magazines and newspapers. A passionate storyteller, she aims to display the diverse lifestyles that connect the world of backpacks.