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Twenty-one stylish and sturdy backpacks to carry into fall

Our picks for work, school and the weekend

By TRUC NGUYEN

Headed back to the office or class? Whether you’re looking for a solid everyday bag or a feature-packed carry-all that will protect your laptop, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, 21 stylish options designed to make fall fun, in recycled polyester, leather, mesh and more.

All products featured on this page were selected by Toronto Life’s editors. However, when you purchase an item through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission


Daypacks
A light purple Everlane backpack

Everlane’s popular commuter-friendly Transit Utility backpack features two external pockets, a water bottle pocket and multiple interior compartments. It’s also made with recycled polyester. $135.


The Nova bag by Herschel

The Nova bag by Vancouver-based Herschel is available in multiple colours and a variety of prints, including this pretty watercolour floral. It features two top handles and a front pocket and is big enough to fit a 13-inch laptop. $85.


The Rains roll top backpack

Available for free shipping or in-store pick up from Te Koop’s Queen West store, this Rains roll-top backpack is made with a waterproof fabric. The straps and back panel are padded, and it has a 19-litre capacity. $200.


Lululemon’s roomy, 22-litre cruiser backpack

Made with a water-repellent fabric, Lululemon’s roomy, 22-litre cruiser backpack comes with a structured pocket that can be used for eyewear storage. It’s also designed to hold a water bottle, a 15-inch laptop and even your yoga mat. $178.

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Parkland’s 15-inch backpack

Parkland’s 15-inch backpack features a recycled polyester exterior and a decorative patch made from a vegan apple leather material. There are also mesh padded straps and two exterior pockets. $70.


Sporty
This Fjallraven bag can be paired with a hydration system for day hikes

This Fjällräven bag can be paired with a hydration system for day hikes and comes with a padded sleeve for a 13-inch laptop. Plus, it’s made with a durable water-repellent fabric. $100.


A lightweight Columbia backpack

Great for travel and outdoor adventures, this lightweight Columbia backpack folds up easily when not in use. There are several compartments, including an interior accessory pocket. $40.


Topo Designs’ Rover Classic backpack is made with a recycled nylon fabric that can withstand tough conditions

Available in five colour combinations, Topo Designs’ Rover Classic backpack is made with a recycled nylon fabric that can withstand tough conditions. Plus, the straps are reinforced and adjustable. $130.

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The North Face’s highly-rated Jester backpack comes in a variety of colours and patterns

The North Face’s highly rated Jester backpack comes in a variety of colours and patterns and is offered in two sizes. It’s also comfortable to wear thanks to features like injection-moulded shoulder straps, a padded back panel and a lumbar panel. $100.


Laptop
This 25-litre capacity bag by JanSport features a pretty floral print

This 25-litre bag by JanSport features a pretty floral print and can fit a 14-inch laptop. There’s a padded laptop sleeve inside as well as an organizer pocket for things like cords and cables. $85.


The North Face’s Surge backpack is extra roomy and designed to protect your laptop

Available in a range of colours, The North Face’s Surge backpack is extra roomy and designed to protect your laptop during urban commutes. There’s a removable waist belt for extra support and lots of interior and exterior compartments to keep all your things separated and organized. $180.


This sleek bag by Bellroy comes with two padded pockets

This sleek bag by Bellroy comes with two padded pockets, so there’s protection for both your laptop and your tablet. There’s even a designated spot for your stylus pen and a zip pocket for cords and other accessories. $175.


Featuring a boxy, streamlined look, this Herschel backpack can fit a 13-inch laptop or tablet.

Featuring a minimal, streamlined look, this Herschel backpack can fit a 13-inch laptop or tablet. There are lots of interior pockets for storage, and it comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. $120.

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Leather
Handmade in Toronto, this Uppdoo leather bag can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag

Handmade in Toronto, this Uppdoo leather bag can be worn as a backpack or a shoulder bag. It’s made with Italian leather and features Japanese brass hardware. $445.


This leather backpack features a front slip pocket, a back zipper pocket and multiple interior compartments.

This Bostanten leather backpack features a front slip pocket, a back zipper pocket and multiple interior compartments. It can fit a 15-inch laptop, and there’s even a matching wallet. $150.


Coach’s polished leather backpack can fit a 15-inch laptop

Coach’s polished leather backpack can fit a 15-inch laptop and features stylish buckle detailing and oversized side pockets. Available in denim blue and chalk white. $850


This unlined leather bag by Roots comes with one main compartment and a single front zipper pocket

Designed and made in Canada, this unlined leather bag by Roots comes with one main compartment and a single front zipper pocket. It’s big enough to fit a 13-inch laptop, and the straps are adjustable. $328.


Mini
This fashionable 3D-knit mini backpack by Hoi Bo features leather straps and a drawcord closure.

Handmade in Toronto, this fashionable 3D-knit mini backpack by Hoi Bo features leather straps and a drawcord closure. $340.

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Eleven Thirty’s Anni mini Italian leather backpack is made-to-order locally.

Eleven Thirty’s Anni mini Italian-leather backpack is made to order locally. It’s 24 centimetres tall and 28 centimetres wide, and you can request solid brass or chrome hardware. $340.


This lightweight Adidas bag can be worn crossbody or as a backpack.

This lightweight Adidas bag can be worn crossbody or as a backpack. There’s one front pocket and adjustable shoulder straps. $93.


This vegan leather backpack by Canadian label Matt & Nat is just big enough to hold an 11-inch tablet

This vegan leather backpack by Canadian label Matt and Nat is just big enough to hold an 11-inch tablet and is made primarily with recycled materials. Plus, select colours are currently on sale. $90.

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