Maybe it's just the fact that they don't look anything like the Disney-printed polyester versions you carried throughout grade school, but something about a leather backpack just feels luxurious. Whether they're real leather or vegan, the supple carryalls have all the hands-free convenience of a typical rucksack with the grown-up appeal of a handbag (in fact, many have convertible straps so they can be worn over the shoulder too).
As with handbags, there's also a wide range of price points to choose from, from fast-fashion styles in the $50 to $100 range all the way to designer versions that can run north of $2000 (or even $39,000, as in the case of The Row's memorable alligator backpack from its debut collection). In the middle, there are plenty of covetable options to save up for without blowing your whole rent check, from editor-favorite brands like Mansur Gavriel and Kara.
No matter your budget, shop leather backpacks to carry all year round in the gallery below.