Backpacks have long dominated schoolyards and hiking trails, but it was only recently that high-end brands thrust the campus staple into department stores. Now that satchels are a perfectly acceptable choice for grown ups, the market has flooded and finding the right one – something practical and good looking without the designer price tag – can be tricky. Here are nine of the best backpacks out there right now.
Simplicity is A.P.C.'s strength. Over the past two decades, the French brand has established itself as a purveyor of minimalist, military-inspired staples with few logos, bells, or whistles. The company's understated nylon backpack is no different. From a distance, it looks like a standard campus pack with one main compartment, padded shoulder straps, and an adjustable waist band. But its base is made of beige suede – a subtle, stylish touch that is enough to make this pack work ready. [$205; uscheckout.apc.fr]