Where the runway meets the street

Over the last few years, high-end fashion has slowly been taking cues from streetwear, meaning that a slew of casual clothing such as sweatshirts and sneakers, have been showing up on runways the world over. Of late, designer backpacks have become the new accessory to have, with high-fashion’s take bringing us new silhouettes and materials that streetwear brands haven’t yet dared to use.

Brands have gone beyond the now ubiquitous leather backpack, to using unexpected materials such as neoprene, with refined canvas styles such as Chanel‘s version now also showing up. Prints have become bolder and shapes more sleek, suggesting that the trusty old backpack is no longer reserved solely for casual attire. We’ve put together some of our favorites right now, to help you narrow down your selection.


Alexander McQueen – New Backpack in Sand

Alexander McQueen‘s signature skull is featured as a perforated detail on this sand-colored canvas rucksack. Black leather trim and side pockets dress up this classic design, which features a drawstring closure and flap top. Pick it up now from oki-ni.


Saint Laurent – Leather Biker Jacket Backpack

Saint Laurent is known for their leather biker jackets and this design sees the brand take that iconic item and carry it over to a backpack. The sleek drawstring design and thin straps add a dressed-up element, while usable zip pockets across the front are both decorative and functional. You can purchase it from MR PORTER.


Burberry Prorsum – Beige and Blue Burberry Check Canvas Backpack

Burberry‘s iconic check pattern makes a comeback on this drawstring pouch-style backpack. Bold blue leather trim and straps keep things modern, while the overall light colorway is perfect for the warmer months ahead. Head over to SSENSE to pick one up.


Alexander Wang – Textured Leather Backpack

The king of minimal design, Alexander Wang offers an ultra modern and unique backpack silhouette. Essentially a vertical box that unzips nearly all the way around, soft pebbled leather outfits the bag, staying true to the designer’s style. You can buy it from Restir.


Givenchy – Black Neoprene Camo Backpack

Givenchy‘s backpack game is probably the best from the high-end and they’ve even outdone themselves with a new tube silhouette in neoprene. A neon orange and black camo print adorns the bag, which features a drawstring closure, leather trim and Givenchy-branded straps. Head over to SSENSE to purchase it now.


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