15 Modern Backpacks

A soft gold finish lends an understated glam effect to this faux-leather Big Buddha style. $95 at Nordstrom.
No frills = minimalist perfection. This black leather version pairs a super-sleek silhouette with a drawstring-flap top. $179 at Zara.
Color-blocked leather is cleanly sophisticated in sharp neutral hues. $418 at Anthropologie.
For those who like your color-blocking in bold brights: Meredith Wendell’s design pairs up pink and red satin nylon with teal straps, black mesh, and leather tassels. $495 at Farfetch.
Maison Martin Margiela. Backpack. In snakeprint. YES. $280 at Farfetch.
Natural-hued leather trim is a surprisingly cool contrast against a geometric patterned canvas. $130 at Kate Spade Saturday.
Luscious white leather and futuristic design create an ultra-modern vibe. $92.82 at Asos.
Alexander Wang is essentially the master of cool, spare style, and the distressed leather finish and metal edging of this backpack brings it right to the top of the wish list. $1,075 at Saks.
Gold hardware and a studded bottom lend a bit of rocker-glam to a slouchy silhouette. $58 at Nasty Gal.
The best part about this bucket-style leather backpack is the gorgeous nude hue. $125 at Farfetch.
A handwoven Mexican motif gives a simple silhouette a bit of rugged sophistication. $375 at Need Supply Co.
A spot-on combination of smooth and pebbled leather, palladium hardware and grosgrain straps perfectly marries luxe and edge on The Row’s investment piece. $3,400 at Neiman Marcus.
This textured ivory leather bag features lots of zip detailing and a handy side strap. $160 at Nasty Gal.
High-contrast faux-leather trim brings crisp color-blocking to a casual canvas design. $32.80 at Forever 21.
This sporty white leather Marie Turnor design is like a backpack-bucket bag hybrid, and we LOVE. $495 at Shopbop.