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Backpacks are Back

Designers across the globe have reimagined the high-school staple, incorporating cool canvas and leather, funky patterns, and pockets in all the right places. Whether you’re running to the gate at Gatwick or pounding the pavement in Paris, these 10 bags will get you there in style.

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Jansport

You can’t go wrong with this nylon classic. It's a deal at $28.99 and comes in a slew of patterns and colors, from bright blue to peachy-orange.

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Bluboon

Vintage backpacks are the style du jour. Bluboon's canvas and leather version has a designated laptop sleeve and lots of zipper pockets⎯it's rigged for organization. Even better, the canvas is washable and reversible for easy wear. $41.99

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Fajllraven Kanken Daypack

Originally created in the 1970's, this iconic Swedish backpack epitomizes Scandinavian design: streamlined, stylish, and super durable. The polyester fabric is waterproof and though the bag looks hefty, it's extremely lightweight. $68.40

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Herschel Supply Company

Hipsters love this Scottish heritage brand. It's both utilitarian and modern and comes in a painter's palette of colors or funky geometric patterns. $54.18

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Burton “Tinder” pack

This retro-inspired rucksack is just the right size and big on details. The heavy canvas has a double clasp closure and secret compartments for storing your personal possessions. $69.95.

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Tumi Voyager

Splurge on this sleek nylon pack by Tumi Voyager, the tried-and-true luxury travel brand. You can use it as a tote for an evening out or extend the strap to lug your laptop around on a work trip. We love the two perfectly placed zippers on the front. $275

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Eceen

This is the Steve Jobs of backpacks, built with a solar-powered panel that charges smart phones, GPS, laptops, MP3 players ⎯ you name it ⎯ on the go. It's perfect for the high-tech outdoor enthusiast. $132.99

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Besope

Looking for a less structured sack with a touch of whimsy? This bird-printed carrier has a drawstring closure to keep contents secure, and fits all your needs for a day of seeing the sights. $22.99

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Topbag

A good weekend bag is essential for any traveler, and Topbag's latest backpack fits the bill; it's roomy enough for clothing but small enough for everyday use. The high quality canvas is augmented with antique leather flaps and brass hardware for a timeless look, and the magnetic button clasp allows for easy access to the front pocket. $59.00

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Skip Hop Zoo Pack

This cute monkey pack is a perfect accessory for kids, with plenty of room for activity books and games. Bonus: there are two handy pockets for water bottles (or juice boxes) and an insulated area for tasty snacks. $18.99

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