Happy September! Now that the end of summer is here, we need to keep optimistic, knowing that a whole new [amazing] season is coming! Personally, autumn is my absolute favourite season, but right before the leaves start to change & the weather gets colder, we obvi need to go back-to-school shopping!

Starting off the back-to-school posts here on Sass & Leather, I have decided to choose my top 10 favourite backpacks for lugging around your crap, while still looking fashion forward. And since most of you may have noticed I love bags, this post is going to be a fun one! Let’s get to it 🙂

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Biker – $598

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This backpack is rad. It’s classically made in quilted leather, with moto details, like the chunky zippers, as well as the ever recognizable MBMJ Workwear plate on the front. It ties in edginess for the fall with it’s unique details, and is made in supple cow leather. I think I could just die.

2. Deena & Ozzy Millie Mini – $54

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If you like the look of a leather backpack, or more specifically the MBMJ one above, but maybe can’t afford to shell out $600, then here’s an option for you! At around $50, this faux leather (vegan friendly) backpack is super edgy, in a large pebbled leather-looking material. You can find this, and so many other inexpensive backpacks in both faux and real leather at Urban Outfitters for back-to-school!

3. Classic Jansport Superbreak – $35

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I’m sure anyone who’s got a clue in this world knows what a Jansport is, and even though I’ve never personally owned one, the classic black model is definitely an essential for someone who goes to school on the daily, and doesn’t want something too crazy. Not to mention, they’re pretty cheap, which is great too.

4. UNIF Badsport – $75

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Ahhh, my absolute fav brand, UNIF… I have sported a multitude of their pieces on the blog, and own several in my closet as well, but I WANT this backpack! I mean, I just can’t get over their clever rewording of brand names, and making products in their own unique twisted way. This is the ultimate Jansport copy and it’s amazing. #NEED for school!

5. Cambridge Satchel Backpack – $225

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Known as the ultimate satchel maker, in simple, stiff, streamlined leather, the Cambridge Satchel Company actually also makes a version of their satchel made to be worn as a backpack! It’s actually super cute too! And there’s definitely no reason why guys can’t wear it either. Classic and sophisticated, this backpack is able to fit a laptop up to 15” inside, and so much more. So get classy, and get the Cambridge Satchel-pack for school! You’ll definitely look a little more unique.

6. Proenza Schouler PS1 Backpack – $1,995

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One of my ultimate favourite handbag brands, Proenza Schouler is known for their more minimal, yet classic designs. In the last year, they’ve released 2 backpacks that have a take on their classic PS1 satchel, which is almost like an upgraded version of the Cambridge Satchel! This backpack is ultra funky, in a rucksack-inspired shape, and this specific model is made with a “Baja” knit material, so it’s definitely funky for back-to-school! Check out the PS1 backpack in other colours too!

7. MCM Stark Backpack – $620

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Coming in an extensive array of colours, sizes, and studded models, the MCM backpacks are über popular right now. They are actually made in a coated canvas, but unlike Louis Vuitton the canvas mocks leather very well and is super supple, yet vegan friendly too! These bags are also extremely roomy, so they can fit pretty much everything inside; and if you’re a monogram-a-holic, then this bag is definitely the choice for you!

8. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Backpack – from $825

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One of the hottest bags under $1000, the Pashli by Phillip Lim is an awesome bag; I know it because I own one myself! This past year, they updated the satchel into a really cute backpack model, and it’s really funky! It seems roomy enough to fit all the essentials, while keeping chic, and being able to take on different occasions. Defs a bag that I’m lusting over!

9. Vintage Bamboo Gucci Backpack – price varies

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An item that I personally own, and one that can be used either for school purposes (my 13” MacBook fits in sideways!), or for your next Coachella trip, this Gucci backpack is #AMAZE! It’s a great size, not too big and not too small, and anyone can appreciate its vintage flair. The unique features of this backpack are the bamboo details on the pockets as well as the handle, classic for any Gucci bag. And even if this bag is around 20-30 years old, the timeless Gucci bamboo detailing transitions it effortlessly!

10. Mansur Gavriel Backpack – from $695

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The bag you may have probably seen the past few months blasted on your Insta feed, or one that you mused on Net-A-Porter, would most likely have been the bucket bag by Mansur Gavriel! A name that is brand new in the fashion world, and one that I didn’t know before this past year, these bags are hot right now! I know because I discovered the so-called bucket bag last fall before the whole craze started, and now every fashion blogger I follow owns one! MG has now created a really simple and effortless backpack, similar to the bucket bag in looks and customizability of the lining colour, in the slim, structured leather. Perfect for any look, since it is quite minimalist, yet still quite appealing! A must have for back-to-school season.

Which one will you pick? 😉


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