By Tali Jaffe Minor
We don’t blame you for scoping out your kid’s closet for style inspiration. With the season’s emphasis on brights and graphic prints, it’s easy to channel the youthful vibe. And nothing captures that spirit quite like the backpack.
Luckily, options in the luxury market are a little more inspired than those found on the playground. Just have a look at Gucci’s logo-print pack covered in patches and you’ll quickly find yourself searching for ways to fill its appliqued sack.
Inspired by Goyard’s iconic steamer bag, the Alpin backpack is ideal for the urban explorer. Smart and versatile, it can be styled three different ways—traditional, cross-body or hand-carried—and to keep up with the mobile office, it includes an interior pocket for your laptop.
Fendi found a hit with its Monsters accessories collections for women. Those furry little charms and graphic animal accessories have made their way to menswear, too. The nylon monster backpack strikes a playful chord, without feeling too childish.
Versace is mining its past for its present collection of accessories, namely turning to the Baroque period for inspiration. The painted Baroque Medusa backpack is perfect for the art-savvy sartorialist, or the man with a soft spot for historical references.
Prada has gone futuristic with its new backpack offerings. Wild with color and pattern, there will be no mistaking this bag for any other. The nylon and technical fabric makes this both a lightweight and durable option—exactly what you’d want for that nomadic adventure you’ve been planning.
Saint Laurent is feeling the groove, as made evident by this camo backpack with patches. We could have sworn we saw this in our favorite vintage shop, but we’ll take the luxe edition that’s free of bad vibes.
For the boardroom backpack, Ermenegildo Zegna has you covered. Sharp lines and a structured silhouette makes this a perfectly appropriate alternative to the standard issue briefcase. Don’t be surprised if you start an office trend with this au courant look. We know you thought of it first.