If there’s one item that’s received an haute makeover from the highest fashion powers that we’re truly grateful for, it’s the backpack. Once just the preserve of hikers and students, you never used to be able to find a sleek, grown-up version for love nor money. But all that’s changed. The backpack can be luxe (see Gucci and Whistles in our edit below), practical (Fjällräven’s Kanken holds more than you thought possible), in keeping with your signature style, and best of all—covetable.

Want a black, suitably businessy version with gold hardware? No problem. Or what about a throwback ’90s option in bright pink? We’ve got just the thing. A few choice styles have become so useful (whilst still looking chic) that they’ve become noticeable favourites around London, and surely beyond.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Now, check out the jackets you should be wearing underneath your backpack this season.

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