Backpacks aren’t just for students. Especially for those with a long commute, a backpack makes an ideal work bag. Here’s a list of 11 of our favorites, with plenty of leather and vegan options at a variety of price points.
Quilted Backpack by A NEW DAY at Target ($36.99)
A classic style in faux leather with an interior zip pocket. This is a small backpack, but it will fit some laptops under 14 inches.
Zipper Commuter Backpack by A NEW DAY at Target ($39.99)
The Zipper Commuter Backpack has a slim profile and can be used as a backpack or tote. It’s faux leather and vegan-friendly and comes in black, pink, and brown.
ASOS DESIGN large minimal backpack ($38)
Super soft, super sleek. A work bag that can easily go from week to weekend.
ASOS DESIGN foldover backpack ($40)
A clean-cut vegan option in jet black with a silver zipper. This is a plenty-big option for those of us who pack a laptop and as many snacks as possible.
Settlement Backpack by Herschel ($59.99)
This work backpack is both sporty (classic Herschel) and sleek (classic minimalist style). This will fit a 15-inch laptop sleeve and features a front-pocket zip with a key clip and an internal media pocket with headphone port. And it comes in 41 colors, so I bet you can find one you love.
FYI: This bag does have leather zipper pulls.
The ReNew Transit Backpack by Everlane ($78)
This vegan backpack is made of 100 percent recycled materials, is water resistant, and even has a luggage handle pass-through. So you are: Ready. To. Go.
Who gave you the right to be so chic?
Backpack by RAINS ($110)
Totally minimalist, totally waterproof. Never worry about ruining your stuff, or your bag, again. Comes in eight vibrant colors.
The Transport Rucksack by Madewell ($198)
This yummy professional backpack is made of Italian vegetable-tanned leather and will wear into the most buttery soft bag you’ve ever had.
Carried Away Convertible by SJP x Samsonite ($245)
SJP delivers once again. This backpack will also convert into a shoulder bag, a crossbody, a handheld, and even has a removable crossbody pouch.
Is there anything she—I mean, this bag—can’t do?
Leather Backpack by Cuyana ($375)
Super feminine and elegant, this leather backpack from Cuyana is 100 percent work ready. It comes with a detachable top shoulder strap, so it goes easily from train to dinner.
The Rowledge by Lo and Sons ($375)
The Rowledge is the professional traveler’s dream. It’s über spacious, has a easy-to-reach passport and ID pocket, meets TSA carry-on standards, comes equipped with a luggage handle pass-through, and easily converts from backpack to tote.