SOMETIMES, HOWEVER STYLISH THE HANDBAG IS, IT SIMPLY JUST ISN’T PRACTICAL. THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE FOR A LAPTOP, OR IT CAN’T COPE WITH THE DAILY ABUSE WE PUT IT THROUGH. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS RUCKSACK, MY MIND IMMEDIATELY REFERS TO WALKERS ROAMING ON THE MOORS – NOT CHIC. NEVERTHELESS RECENTLY WE’VE SEEN A SURGE OF THE BACK-PACK RETURN. THESE DESIGNERS HAVE CREATED SOME DELIGHTFUL BAGS THAT WILL SERVE YOU WELL. SENSIBLE AND STYLISH? I’M IN…
DERBY CHECKED BACKPACK
AVAILABLE FROM: SELFRIDGES – £387
Vivienne Westwood has been injecting her playful punk designs into Britain since the 70s, and with good reason. This tartan print echoes Westwood immediately, and is a statement piece that can be worn with all black for maximum impact, or do clash with colours. With no zip, the drawstring and buckle enables more items to be fitted in, which provides this a fun day bag, or a jazzy evening piece. The gold branding is subtle, yet installs that piece of luxury every woman needs.
OXBLOOD IPHIS KINGLY BACKPACK
AVAILABLE FROM: LIBERTY LONDON – £595
Liberty has got it right. The plush colour makes it truly a stylish partner for travels in the city, and the supple leather provides protection for your belongings. Affiliated with the Greek mythology, the detailing echoes the time with a modern twist. What’s wonderful about this piece is the simplicity of the bag, yet it’s intricate delating makes it timeless. I’d recommend the oxblood colour, but for a less bold shade, the backpack also comes in black and navy.
BLACK BOX FLAP RUCKSACK BAG
AVAILABLE FROM: LIBERTY LONDON – £695
This is truly a bag that evokes chic. The matte leather and gold-plated buckle make it not only a good accessory for the work commute, but an excellent piece for evening cocktails. The colour makes it transitional from day to night, and prides itself on London living. From a practical view, this rucksack will fit most laptops with ease, and evenly spreads the weight, rather than supporting it on just one shoulder. Oh, and when I said gold-plated hardware, I meant it – this piece has 24-carat gold adorned onto the buckle. Now who said rucksacks couldn’t have class?
ASPINAL OF LONDON
THE LETTERBOX RUCKSACK
AVAILABLE FROM: ASPINAL OF LONDON – £595
If you’d prefer to opt for practicality, then this bag is your ideal partner. With numerous pockets, this is a classic design from Aspinal, and with that comes their quality. It’s a very versatile piece, made with a top handle for ease when carrying. The colour is lovely, and brings a brighter option to the darkness of winter wardrobes. Then again, if you like your darker shades, then this also comes in black.
MINI CARA DELEVINGE BAG
AVAILABLE FROM: MULBERRY – £845
It can be said that Kate Moss and Cara Delevinge are ultimately two of the greatest icons of British fashion in the past twenty years. So it’s only natural that that British designer Mulberry brought out a bag based on Cara. Made for those who travel light, this back pack has a unique three-in-one style which enables you to select your style based on the day’s activities. Stamp your personality with the choice of three colours, and your own name tag too. It’s glorifies Mulberry’s British-made policy, so much so, it’s branded on the bottom of the bag.