It's hard not to love a good backpack, especially with all the sleek variants some of our favorite brands have produced in recent years. But even doing a Google search for these kinds of bags right now (what with the onslaught of back-to-school advertisements touting garish rucksacks intended for rowdy children), can be a distracting experience.
All you have to do is keep your eyes on the prize—and to bear in mind that the aforementioned prize should look a lot like Skagen's Kroyer backpack, which was introduced in a fetching combination of gray twill and camel leather accents. The brand was already making a tough all-leather version, but we like this one because the material it's made from feels like someone managed to weave butter into cloth. (A woman on the subway accidentally brushed against ours on a recent morning and asked politely if she could cop another feel.)
There are also lots of other considerations that make this $195 backpack so desirable: there's a padded sleeve for your laptop inside, as well as a well-placed mesh pocket right inside the zipper. Details like that make it as functional as it is stylish.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.