The debate over what bag a gentleman should carry has gotten very complicated. We have more to lug around (smartphones, laptops, tablets, spin shoes) and more options to lug it all around in (messengers, totes, briefcases, knapsacks). Your best bet? Going back to your roots. Like, elementary school back. Remember how practical your backpack was then? It could hold everything you needed and balance the weight nicely on your shoulders. Re-embracing it as an adult means upgrading to something sleek, simple, and sturdy. Strap on one of the luxe black and navy offerings in leather and suede from brands like Dior Homme and Diesel, and you'll look like a man who knows how to get things done on the go. Plus you'll have your hands free for all those high fives and Moon Pies.
Clockwise from top left: Perry Ellis, price available upon request; Diesel, $350; Dior Homme, $3,500; Michael Kors, $2,495; Louis Vuitton, $5,000
Photography by Shana Novak. Market Editor: Michael Cook