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5 Slim Men’s Work Backpacks to Wear with a Suit
Backpacks do really well in casual work environments. But when it’s time to slip on a suit and exude an air of professionalism, the wrong pack will quickly ruin your efforts. However, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the comfort of a backpack. You just need to be selective in your choice. Slim silhouettes, clean exteriors, darker colorways and more premium materials and construction elevate backpacks into distinguished business tools. And when it comes to more luxurious options for looking sharp and professional, we give a solid nod to these 5 slim men’s work backpacks to wear with a suit…
Côte&Ciel Rhine Flat Backpack (US$210)
Côte&Ciel are experts in merging fashion and function, and their Rhine Flat Backpack combines elegantly minimalist styling with useful organization. The rectangular shape suits documents, folders and tech well, with interior pockets for keeping these items tidy and within easy reach. There’s also low-key external pocketing to store essentials at the ready. The bag is crafted with sustainably made EcoYarn fabric and can be packed flat in a suitcase, handy for day use during business travel.
Troubadour Adventure Slipstream Rucksack (US$482)
Refined in style and versatile for work or play, Troubadour’s Adventure Slipstream Rucksack is a supreme option for any professional. The backpack is meticulously made by hand, featuring an attractive contrast of premium fabric and leather. It’s also backed by a five-year guarantee for peace of mind. The pared-back aesthetics are complemented by just enough organization to keep essentials in order without sacrificing the clean look and feel. From carrying tech and documents into a meeting, to serving as a classy gym bag or carry-on backpack, this super stylish piece does it all.
Troubadour Generation Slipstream Rucksack (US$868)
Look familiar? Of course it does. This is Troubadour’s Adventure taken up a notch. Yes, it costs a lot of money. But it rewards your investment with top-tier handmade construction and, more impressively, Troubadour’s DryFibre leather. A natural, waterproof vegetable-tanned leather that will develop a distinct patina with use and age handsomely. And if you’re talking ‘X-factor’, this certainly lands a 10!
Álvaro Agape Backpack (US$1480)
We’re into undeniable luxury and status territory here, but the Álvaro Agape Backpack makes a suave statement in any business setting. The bag stands out with its quality Italian craftsmanship and beautiful vegetable-tanned leather, exuding understated style. The wide opening lets you quickly pack and retrieve items, while the front zippered pocket takes care of smaller tools.
Valextra My Logo Pebble-Grain Leather Backpack (US$2750)
While some brands go with big and bold logos, the Valextra My Logo Pebble-Grain Leather Backpack takes a different approach. Ironically named with its lack of logo and yet distinct exterior, this dapper piece elevates your carry to executive-level elegance (with the price tag to match). The bag offers sophisticated minimalism with superb Italian craftsmanship, pebble-grain leather and hand-finished ‘Costa’ lacquered edges. Simple organization complements the sleek silhouette, including a front slip pocket and interior slip pockets. This is luxury minimalism at its apex, but the question is do you have the bank to sling it?