As a designer who moves around quite often to work, I need a backpack that is both chic and functional. I need space to house my computer, charger, mouse, sketchbook, and a random assortment of chewing gum, granola bars and pens, but I don’t want to look like a bag lady strapped down with a unflattering turtle shell of personal effects. After some initial research as to what style backpack I liked, this one caught my eye.
White leather + rose gold details. Stunning. Unfortunately it costs $995.
While I’m willing to shell out a little extra cash to make sure that the backpack I purchase is durable and long-lasting, I would never deplete my bank account to pick up one that costs that much no matter how hard I lusted over it. Having an item that expensive isn’t practical when I consider the reservations I would have with putting it on the floor of the bus or subway while I commuted. I need something that can withstand some (light) abuse and I won’t lose sleep over if the zipper breaks. Below are 12 backpacks that are chic, stylish and functional, cost under $100 and are solutions to overpriced and impractical expensive designer backpack.