NY Mag: The Best Backpacks for Work (That Actually Look Good)

This article was originally published by the NY Mag. Read the article here.

By Maxine Builder

We’ve spent a lot of time looking for adult backpacks at the Strategist, and though we’ve found the best travel backpacks, laptop backpacks, even backpacks with wheels, we decided it was finally time to dive into the world of practical-yet-stylish work backpacks. These are backpacks that hold everything you need to make it through a day at the office, from your laptop to your packed lunch, yet still look stylish enough to take to dinner once you’re off the clock.



The best work backpacks also look professional, with the same swagger as a briefcase, but are as practical as the backpack you brought to elementary school, even when stuffed to the brim. So to find the best backpacks for work that actually look good, we talked to stylish professionals about the bags they rely on, Monday to Friday.


Tumi Voyageur Hagen Nylon Backpack

You can also find a version of the backpack with black leather accents and gold hardware, if you prefer — though it’s not made of recycled materials. 



ISM The Backpack (Black)

There’s a beautiful all-black backpack from ISM, trimmed with leather instead of and has a leather flap for phone charging. It has a separate laptop compartment with a padded bottom and waterproof zippers to keep all of your tech safe. 

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Want Les Essentiels Kastrup Backpack

For a subtly different option, the Kastrup backpack also comes in navy blue canvas and leather. 



Matt & Nat Vintage Fabi Mini

If you’re looking for vegan leather,  the bag features adjustable straps, expandable gussets, and pockets for laptops and smartphones.



Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street - Small Wide Mouth Backpack

This Briggs and Riley backpack is grown-up enough to merit inclusion on this list. It's lightweight, laptop-oriented, and comes in different colors,” and durable enough to withstand everyday use.


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