In today's ever-evolving work culture that prizes jeans over slacks, the definition of "business casual" is changing. Starched button-downs and three-piece suits have been traded for comfort, and rightfully so. There is no longer a need to overdress for the workplace.
But there is one facet of the modern man's wardrobe worth elevating: The leather backpack, a contemporary's briefcase.
A structured backpack can go anywhere and not look out of place: European vacations, cycling to the new office, a weekend brunch and a refined dinner. With hands-free capabilities, you can clutch that morning cortado and Slack your intern simultaneously on tomorrow's morning commute. It's the structured boost your closet is craving. Clearly trending, sales of backpacks will skyrocket to around $2 billion annually by 2021, according to this Technavio report.
Demand on these knapsacks is high, expecting the space to hold a laptop, phone, cords and chargers, gym clothes, a notebook, keys, wallet, and any other eccentric objects you may need in a day. Yes, you can save a few bucks by opting for a canvas bag. They're sturdy and will, in fact, hold your belongings. But will they recall the golden age of business attire while blending with current style culture? Probably not.
So, what gear should adorn your shoulders? The following brands are flourishing. Take a look.