A Case for Grown-Up Backpacks

The second collaboration between House of Hackney and Eastpak launches tomorrow: get a sneak peek below, then see all the other backpacks we have our eye on right now.

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Last year, when London-based fabric designer House of Hackney joined forces with backpack mainstay Eastpak, their first capsule collection of backpacks immediately sold out. With eye-popping, all-over prints, these weren't the monogrammed school bags of your youth. So, you're not going to want to sleep on their latest production, available tomorrow exclusively through the House of Hackney and Eastpak sites.

Scared of leopard print? This backpack is a good way to dip your toes in the water. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
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There are two limited edition bags in the collaboration, and only 700 available for each style, each of which is crafted from velvet with prints provided by London's William Morris Gallery. Sharp eyes will quickly spot the Moorish pattern motif on the "Peacock and Dragon" backpack. The other, "Artemis," references iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland's bright, floral-patterned living room, which she called her "Garden in Hell."

No details have been overlooked. Just check out those leather straps. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
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Take a look at the House of Hackney x Eastpak collection below! 

Matching your wallpaper to your backpack? We don't see why not. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
Leather tassels are a signature detail. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
A print that hearkens back to Moorish patterns and mosaics. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
A good leopard print can be a great accessory staple. Photograph courtesy of House of Hackney
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Prices range from $129 to $258, see houseofhackney.com.

Now shop our other favorite backpacks—from utilitarian wonders to sleek leather minis—by category.

While we're all for the impromptu, day-long adventure, quick getaways still require smart packing. These backpacks will fit all your essentials, and their fun, bright, and printed patterns will match your energy.

No matter your mode of travel, a well-designed bag can streamline your commute. And besides all the necessary compartment space, you want a bag that looks good going in and out of the office. All of these fit the bill nicely. 

These sleek bags have all the attention-grabbing power of a well-appointed accessory, minus any unnecessary frills. 

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