Backpacks don’t have to be only about function; why not choose one that hits all the right form notes, too?
Oh, sure, a synthetic or waxed canvas bag will endure hikes, hunts, fishing trips, and mountain climbs. But what are you using to stroll the city streets or pack for a luxury weekend holiday?
Travel in elegance with a leather backpack, a choice that combines durability, versatility, and, most important of all, debonair style.
Now that my kids are young adults and out of the house, I’ve been trying to take my hard-working wife on more vacations—everything from long weekend road trips to week-long holidays to extended visits abroad.
Being the classy lady she is, she’s encouraged me to upgrade my travel gear from my old, battered everyday backpack to something with a bit more style.
Together, we’ve spent the last few years testing out a variety of leather backpacks, researching every option available online and in local stores. We’ve also combed over hundreds of product reviews and written more than a few ourselves.
After all this time and investigating, I’m proud to bring you a list of the leather backpacks that with her help, I’ve determined to be the very best of the best.
Half-backpack, half-tote bag, this makes for the ultimate travel companion. Plus, the leather is gorgeous, butter-soft, and incredibly durable. What’s not to love?
The full grain leather is butter-soft to the touch, the Spanish craftsmanship is supreme, and the design (half-backpack, half-tote) is versatile enough for work and vacation both.
It’s capable of fitting up to a 16-inch laptop along with my other work essentials, and even a water bottle (in a dedicated interior pocket). It even comes with a sternum strap to take the weight off my shoulders and give my back a break.
I’ve been a die-hard Samsonite guy since I started traveling, so this backpack was an easy buy for me.
Features include tough full-grain leather, a dedicated laptop pocket (for 14.1” laptop), multiple slip and mesh pockets, a conveniently located front zippered stash pocket, and a spacious compartment where everything is visible and accessible at a glance.
Its 21-liter size makes it ideal for packing for a long weekend.
This is, hands-down, the toughest of the leather laptop backpacks I tested. The Colombian leather is incredibly sturdy, the stitches don’t fray or tear, and the interior lining adds an extra layer of tear-resistance that has kept the backpack intact while hiking the Canadian Rockies or lounging on the beaches of Mexico.
The backpack comes with built-in RFID blocking to keep the credit cards I’ve stashed in the passport pocket safe.
This backpack is the ideal choice for the boardroom, courtroom, or luxury hotel.
Gorgeous full-grain leather, brass hardware, and a flap-top set it apart from every other backpack on the market, making it both unique and eye-catching. The design is as simple on the inside as the outside—great for minimalists and anyone who travels or commutes light.
Travel in peerless elegance with this luxury leather backpack. Its 17-liter capacity gives you space enough for a weekend away or your daily work essentials (including a 15” laptop), and the multiple interior and exterior pockets make for easy organization.
The natural grain leather will hold up under years of commuting, flying, or riding the train, and patinate beautifully until it becomes a true masterpiece of leatherwork.
Sleek, streamlined, and incredibly tough. Built for adventure and elegance alike, the backpack uses premium full-grain Ethiopian leather, natural brass hardware, and a cotton interior lining to protect your travel items from inclement weather or rugged terrain.
The padded leather straps make it easy to hike, bike, or ride in style. Special pockets dedicated for your passport, tablet, and laptop make it great for the traveling working man.
Designed to be the ultimate outdoorsman backpack, it’s built using ultra-tough top-grain cowhide that’ll shrug off damp and rain.
Its padded straps, carrying handle, and luggage handle (slide it over your roller bag handles) make for easy carrying.
On top of the typical pockets (laptop, tablet, electronics, etc.), it’s got a dedicated zippered security pocket that’ll provide an extra layer of protection for your most important valuables.
For the experienced world traveler, you’ll love how this backpack looks as “seasoned” as you do. The leather is treated with a special finish that gives it an “antique” style, and it’ll feel broken in and ultra-comfortable right out of the box.
On the inside, though, you have a cutting-edge space-maximizing design with dual zippered compartments and multiple interior and exterior pockets that fit more into less space.