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Best Stylish Leather Backpacks for Men & Women 2022

by Albert Varkki updated 11-03-2022

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A leather backpack is a classic bag that's timeless and always fashionable.

It should be made from luxurious full grain leather, as alternatives are less durable and unappealing.

If using it for work, it should have enough room for a laptop, and for traveling it must have enough pockets to store travel essentials.

Below we go over our favorites for 2022:

Best Leather Backpacks for 2022

Here we go over the best stylish leather backpacks by size and type:

Best Unisex Leather Backpack for College or School 2022

liberty small leather laptop backpack

Winner: Liberty Leather Backpack

If you want a stylish leather backpack that's not overly bulky, then the Liberty is for you. The high quality full grain leather looks and feels fantastic, and is available in various colors to match your style. It has a dedicated laptop compartment for a 14 inch laptop, as well as other exterior pockets to keep essentials close to hand.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Unisex Leather Travel Backpack 2022

10x leather backpack unisex

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

If you want a leather travel backpack, then the 10X is for you. It has one main compartment with separators, allowing you to cordon off parts of your luggage to keep it organized. It has a dedicated laptop compartment for a 15.6 inch laptop, making it good for a work travel bag too. It's made from high quality full grain leather, the best that you can buy.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

Click here to check the price

Best Unisex Large Leather Backpack 2022

prime large leather laptop backpack

Winner: Prime Leather Backpack

If you prefer a larger yet traditional style of leather backpack, then the Prime is best for you. It has multiple large compartments to help you store lots of essentials. The 14 inch laptop sleeve makes it a great work backpack too. The full grain leather looks and feels fantastic, and you won't regret purchasing it.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Unisex Leather Work Backpack 2022

liberty small leather laptop backpack

Winner: Liberty Leather Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Unisex Convertible Leather Backpack Briefcase 2022

10x leather travel laptop backpack womens

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

Click here to check the price

Best Small Leather Backpack 2022

bella small leather backpack in tan

Winner: Bella Small Leather Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Petite and stylish leather backpack.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Multiple internal pockets.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Satchel Leather Backpack 2022

minerva leather backpack

Winner: Minerva Leather Satchel Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Magnetic snap closures.
  • 10 inch tablet pocket.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in tan or black leather.

Click here to check the price

Is it professional or unprofessional to wear a backpack for work?

If you buy a backpack that’s designed to be used for work, you should be able to maintain a professional look. If professionalism is particularly important, it’s a good idea to look for a leather backpack. This is because backpacks made from nylon and fabric can look somewhat “slouchy”.

Why Choose a Leather Backpack?

Leather backpacks are more stylish and professional than a canvas or other alternative material. They don't lose their shape, and don't get tatty with age.

They are ideal for work, as well as travel or school, and can last for many years.

You should choose full grain leather as it's the best quality.

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Backpack Sizes

If you do need a backpack for work, school or college, it’s a good idea to seek out a backpack with between 20 to 29 liters of capacity. This will allow you to transport bigger items such as extra clothes, textbooks, laptops and other electrical equipment.

Caring for a Leather Backpack

If you look after your leather backpack carefully, it can last for an incredibly long time. What’s more is that it could look better with age.

It’s simpler than you might think to look after a leather backpack. Taking a few small steps to maintain your backpack now and then will keep your leather supple.

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FAQ's

Can I fit my 16-inch laptop into a 15-inch backpack?

This depends on which kind of laptop you have. If you have a 16-inch MacBook Pro, you may be able to fit it in due to the way it’s smaller than many other laptops that have similar screen sizes.

Are backpacks regarded as personal items?

If you can fit your backpack under the seat that’s in front of you, it will be treated as a personal item. Daypacks and small backpacks normally qualify as personal items.

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What are some alternatives to backpacks?

If you are looking for an alternative to a backpack, think about investing in a duffle bag, messenger bag, shoulder bag, day pack, tote bag or hobo bag.

Our favourite alternative to the leather backpack is this leather Weekender bag:

leather weekender bag

Pros:
  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Internal zipped pocket for travel essentials like your passport.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Perfect overnight bag.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Conclusion

Work backpacks don't have to be ugly, so scroll back up and click the product that most fits your style.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or email Von Baer at info@vonbaer.com.

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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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