The Best Backpacks for Back to School

There's nothing quite like the prep for back to school. While the sunny, long days of summer may be unfortunately drawing to a close, there's something exciting about the anticipation of a fresh start in the fall of a new school year. The weather turns a bit cooler and as you look ahead to moving back to campus, the beginning of new classes or reunions with your school friends, with it comes the back to school shopping (which honestly might be the best part). Along with new books and your Ikea furniture refresh, you'll need a reliable backpack to get you from class to class or just across campus hands-free. That's where we come in.

We've curated our favorite stylish, leather backpacks that make back-to-school shopping that much more fun to say *add to cart*. From smaller slings to bright colored totes, the right backpack for you matches your personal style. Shop a few of our favorite styles below so you're heading back to campus feeling like your best self with your best backpack by your side.

Back to School Backpacks: The Sussex

The Sussex backpack is one of our newest arrivals for the fall season that's sure to fit right in for back to school. With effortless style and a small, puckered detailing on the exterior of the bag, this backpack will go with every outfit this semester (yes, even your sweatpants). Coming in a compact mid-size daypack, the Sussex is 100% leather so you don't have to worry about it wearing down- it only gets better the longer you own it. Shop the Sussex in Cognac, Demin, Black, Orange and Oxblood.

Back to School Backpacks: The Sheldon

Our Sheldon backpack has been around for a while for good reason. Suited for both men and women, this backpack checks every box in what you're looking for in a backpack. A best seller, its buttery soft leather makes this piece incredibly versatile — whether you take it along for an adventurous weekend out or carry it along to class with coffee on Monday morning. It features a convenient top handle, nylon water bottle sleeve, and plenty of interior and exterior pockets. There's also plenty of room to fit up to a 15" laptop to carry along. This style is durable enough for everyday use running from class to class, making it one of our best backpacks.

Back to School Backpacks: The Conley

When it comes to a backpack, there's times when the style just isn't what you're looking for to match your stylish outfit. Enter the Conley backpack, which features a two-in-one design and can transform into a crossbody when you don't want to wear it on your back. With sleek leather straps that pull through to wear on the shoulder, take this with you from campus to dinner and drinks without having to stop at home. The Conley can be expanded wider or made smaller with a 3-sided gusset zipper and double leather zip pullers. There's even a magnetic slip pocket on the backside to store your cell phone. The funtionality of this bag makes it one of our best backpacks for someone who wants a smaller sized bag.

Back to School Backpacks: The Austin

The Austin sling bag is perfect for the stylish guy or girl heading back to campus that's always up to try out the latest trends. With a fresh look, this compact zippered piece features an adjustable shoulder strap, two interior pockets, and an interior compartment to fit all your essentials. This sling bag keeps everything where you need it and comes with plenty of room and a 100% leather finish to keep you looking stylish even on the go (dare we say it rivals the Lulu sling??). Coming in versatile Black, Cognac, and Brown, you'll start the newest wave of campus bag must-haves with the Austin.

Back to School Backpacks: The Henley

The slightly edgy student will appreciate the Henley backpack. This piece is crafted from buttery-soft leather and boasts a top zip entry, interior zip pocket and a lightly padded laptop pocket. Make a statement with the snake print leather that features a tactile scaling effect of reptile skin, achieved through a special laser process. On top of its bold look, this backpack can be worn in four different ways: as a shoulder bag, crossbody bag, backpack, and handheld. This backpack is the perfect back to school match for the girl who's always keeping up with the latest trends and styles.

Back to School Backpacks: The Hester

Compact yet spacious, the Hester backpack is a Latico classic done differently. Modern lines and multiple pockets are hidden inside this backpack, making it a great choice to carry your books, chargers and anything else you need to pack for a day on campus. An interior back pocket features an interior organizer with a zip pocket, 5 credit card slots and 3 pen holders to double as your purse too. Hester comes in six different rich hues to make this the perfect bag for anyone, from bright Poppy red to minimalist neutral Oat.

Back to School Backpacks: The Barcelona

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The Barcelona backpack is the go-to bag for the stylish guy or girl going back to school, with a buttery-soft leather exterior that will make everyone else ask where you got it. This knapsack-style piece features two leather straps with oversized clips, plus a deep main compartment and a handy interior organizer. There's also an unexpected, padded laptop compartment to keep your laptop secure. A hanging loop keeps your backpack off the ground and clean, no matter where you find yourself.

Back to School Backpacks: The Explorer

The Explorer laptop backpack is designed for the adventurous at heart and in real life. Bring style back to school with this luxe backpack that's packed with all the features. With a large, zippered main compartment to fit all your school supplies, the Explorer also boasts a padded laptop section and six exterior zippered pockets, so you'll never be wondering where something went. Fit your planner, laptop, snacks and whatever else you need to bring along with this 100% soft leather backpack.

Back to School Backpacks: The Aleks

For the student who wants a more small-scale backpack to bring back to school, the Aleks backpack is the perfect fit. Sophisticated and compact, this flatpack features interior and exterior pockets and zippers exactly where you need them. There's even a hidden cell phone pocket so texting the group chat is just a reach away. Wear this bag from campus to weekend hands-free as a compact crossbody or as a backpack thanks to its adjustable strap.

Back to School Backpacks: The Baxter

One of our most classic backpack designs, the Baxter backpack hits all the right notes with our added Latico twist to give you a unique bag you won't find anywhere else. Baxter can be converted between a backpack and crossbody by simply adjusting the strap. While compact in size, there's also enough room to store a tablet or laptop in the interior padded section. Its interior front pocket features four credit card slots and an open slip pocket to keep you organized when you need to quickly pay for your early morning coffee or slip something away quickly. Coming in 5 versatile colors, you're sure to find the hue that fits you best for your back-to-school debut.

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