The best leather backpacks - as chosen by Mumsnetters

21 August 2019

best leather backpacks

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

Whistles Black Verity Leather Backpack, £280

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.”

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Dr. Martens Leather Backpacks, £55-189

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.”

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Knomo Mini Mount 10 Inch Leather Backpack, £199

Knomo Mini Mount 10 Inch Leather Backpack, £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.”

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The Cambridge Satchel Company Portrait Backpack, £165

The Cambridge Satchel Company Portrait Backpack, £165

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 terracotta-coloured 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 everyday 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.”

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Tusting Eliza Premium Leather Backpack, from £304

Tusting Eliza Premium Leather Backpack, from £304

Tusting bags are designed and manufactured from start to finish in the UK, with factories in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, making them one of the few homegrown luxury leather brands left. Tusting’s Eliza bag is a veg-tanned leather backpack that’s a true symbol of British versatility. You can wear it as a handbag or backpack – it’s designed to work both ways. Even though it’s not cheap, you’re paying for true craftsmanship and beauty. Each bag is made to order and you get to pick from nine vibrant shades.

“I have to recommend Tusting. Super quality. They will even refurbish your bag when it gets worn and, if you can get to their factory in Bedfordshire, they have regular factory sales.”

“I love my bag from Tusting and am slowly building up a collection.”

Buy now from Tusting

Matt and Nat Aries Vegan Leather Backpack, £115

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.”

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Tumi Halle Backpack, £385.37

Tumi Halle Backpack, £385.37

If you’re looking to splurge a bit and need a leather backpack that can hold a laptop, then take a look at this option from Tumi. It comfortably fits a 12” computer in its padded laptop compartment and has plenty of interior pockets for both business and personal items. Whether you need it for work or for play, this stylish limited-edition piece has your back. Made from luxurious pebbled leather and trimmed with gold detailing, load it up with your essentials and let the compliments roll in.

“Tumi backpacks are gorgeous!”

“I’ve got a Tumi. It’s brilliant – a bit pricey but they’ve got a fab sale on now so I might buy another one. They are brilliant quality and last a lifetime, which, for me, justifies the price.”

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Zatchels Leather Backpack, £87.50

Zatchels Leather Backpack, £87.50

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 £87.50 – 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

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Eastpak Padded Pak'r Leather Backpack, £160

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

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