The best leather backpacks - as chosen by Mumsnet users
21 August 2019
If you'd like to switch your handbag to something hands-free and posture-friendly, why not do so in the chicest way possible: with leather? Mumsnetters have been ditching their handbags in droves - and this round-up proves it
Knomo Mini Mount 10 Inch Leather Backpack, £124.35 (was £199)
This gorgeous full-grain leather backpack from Knomo will never go out of fashion. If you’re looking for a smart and compact (it's only 10" tall) backpack that matches your lifestyle and your wardrobe, this could be the one for you. It features multipurpose pockets, adjustable straps and will hold all of your daily essentials comfortably.
“I love this bag. It’s beautiful. Apparently the leather softens but the bag doesn’t lose its shape.”
“I've been really pleased with my Knomo bag, which is made from good quality leather (but has a fabric back). It feels really comfy and light.”Buy now from Amazon
Whistles Black Verity Leather Backpack, £280
Whistles is a contemporary Britsh fashion brand known for creating timeless pieces that last – and their accessories are no exception. This smart yet versatile leather backpack would make a great investment piece – one that will stand the test of time (and passing trends). It’s chic yet large enough for all your daily essentials. Plus, it features a fold over zip top, adjustable straps and an internal pocket.
“I’ve been lusting after the Whistles ‘Verity’ backpack in black leather for years! At £280 it’s a bit over my budget but it’s gorgeous if you can afford it.”Buy now from Whistles
Dr Martens Leather Backpacks, £55-189
Dr Martens have some die-hard fans on our Style and Beauty forums. This edgy brand is all about helping you make a statement so, if you’re looking to stand out, a hard-wearing DM leather backpack could be the head-turner you need. Opt for a retro-chic satchel option or one of their cute heart-shaped designs for instant style points. Either way, Dr Martens’ high-quality leather gets a thumbs up from Mumsnetters.
“I strongly recommend that you look at the range of leather backpacks from Dr Martens – they are so hard-wearing.”Buy now from Dr Martens
Related: Not your bag? (Sorry) Take a look at the other backpacks for women Mumsnetters rate.
The Cambridge Satchel Company Portrait Backpack, £195
Can't decide between a stylish satchel and a practical backpack? The Portrait backpack is the best of both worlds. If you value quality and love a vintage look, this leather backpack from The Cambridge Satchel Company is for you. It features double buckle fastenings, detachable shoulder straps and an embossed logo on the reverse. Understated luxury at its finest.
“I have a satchel and I absolutely love it. I use it every day and have had it for two years. The leather has now nicely softened. It’s such a lovely bag, I think I’ll be keeping it for many years to come!”
“I love my Cambridge Satchel. They do some bags that are not satchel-like so you have plenty of choice.”Buy now from Amazon
Matt and Nat Aries Vegan Leather Backpack, £115
Matt and Nat’s Aries leather backpack in berry is completely vegan – not that you can tell. It comes with a zipped interior pocket, smartphone pocket, small zipped compartment at the back (to store all your valuables) and is part of their vintage collection. It’s chich, environmentally friendly, and beautifully made – what's not to like?
“I've been trying to get away from leather and suede bags (I'm a vegetarian) but I love good quality products so I’ve been buying my bags from Matt & Nat.”Buy now from Matt and Nat
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Zatchels Leather Backpack, £72.50 (was £145)
This Zatchels leather backpack makes for a stunning wardrobe staple. It’s made from the best quality leather and is designed with city explorers in mind, so if you’re after a sturdy but on-trend backpack that can keep up with your hectic lifestyle, this one is well worth looking at. Especially as it’s currently a steal at £72.50 – bargain.
“I love my Zatchels leather backpack. I have the 13" one, which is big enough to hold an A5 diary, pencil case, purse, phone, big bunch of keys and a pair of sunglasses. It will also hold an A4 notebook (but not a folder).”Buy now from Zatchels
Eastpak Padded Pak'r Leather Backpack, £160
You just can’t go wrong with an Eastpak backpack and their range of leather options are practical yet grown-up. Mumsnetters are particularly fond of the Pak’r range because they are less structured and softer than a lot of other leather backpacks out there, but are just as cool. There are lots of colours and textures to pick from, too.
“I bought an Eastpak Pak'r leather backpack recently because I was sick of handbags falling off my shoulder. I love it! It's comfortable and sturdy with a nice, simple design.”Buy now from Eastpak