- Buyer's Guide
5 All-Black Urban Backpacks Designed with Fashion and Function
In the urban fashion game, bags tend to slant heavily towards fashion over function. But there are exceptions. Pieces that demonstrate fashion and function don’t have to be mutually exclusive. These 5 all-black urban backpacks manage to shift the needle, nailing modern and contemporary aesthetics with inbuilt daily functionality…
Eastpak Padded Pak’r Welded Backpack (US$175)
Pared-back and streamlined, the Eastpak Padded Pak’r Welded Backpack looks equally good in the office and relaxing down at your local park or cafe. And its stylish looks are only emphasised by its practical, adaptable design that moves from work to play. The welded construction offers excellent protection against the elements, while simple interior organization including space for a laptop keeps gear tidy without becoming cluttered. And the little things you need ready access to? Handily taken care of with an exterior quick-access front pocket.
ISM The Classic (US$215)
Premium materials, meticulous construction and elegant aesthetics make this a fine pack to reach for every day, from work to the weekend. The ISM Classic Backpack is handmade with an attractive and durable combination of full-grain leather and water-resistant nylon. Added bonus? It’s backed by a lifetime guarantee. The sleek design is complemented by functional organization including a weatherproof laptop compartment, interior pockets, and a quick-access front pocket. There’s even a leather flap so you can charge your phone externally while storing the charger internally.
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Côte&Ciel Oril Small (US$305)
The chic and clever patterning of the Côte&Ciel Oril Small organizes day-to-day essentials well while exuding plenty of Parisian style. The pack’s dedicated laptop compartment fits up to a 13″ device. Two further compartments and a range of pockets provide convenient and flexible storage for work supplies, EDC or travel essentials. All in a water-resistant and sleek design that moves easily between changing carry needs.
Troubadour Roll Top Rucksack (US$475)
It costs more than a pretty penny but this Troubadour Roll Top Backpack will stand the test of time with its superb craftsmanship and minimalist styling. Classy enough for work settings and exuding low-key refinement for more casual environments, the bag features an interior padded laptop sleeve and quick-access pocket for smaller items. The rolltop opening secures conveniently with a magnetic closure, and the water-resistant build provides welcome peace of mind when showers threaten.
WANT Les Essentiels Kastrup Backpack (US$495)
If all-black luxury is what you’re after, look to the WANT Les Essentiels Kastrup Backpack. The pack is crafted with a handsome contrast of organic cotton-canvas and leather detailing. Interior pockets and a padded laptop sleeve keep your essentials tidy, while the exterior pocket provides useful storage for frequently used items. Additionally the bag comes with a padlock and lockable main compartment zippers for added security on the move. Clean and versatile for work and your downtime alike, it’s a savvy choice for fashion-friendly yet functional carry.