Depending on who you are, backpacks might be kind of a tough sell. They’re purposefully boyish and perhaps a bit infantilizing, but if you’ve got an edgy personal style and lots of confidence, they can look utilitarian-chic in all the right ways. Having a backpack option as luxe as the Kooba Griffin Drawstring Tote absolutely makes pulling off the look much easier.

Kooba seems to be try to avoid the “backpack” stigma by not using that word to describe this bag, but there’s no getting around exactly what we see in this photo. It’s a backpack, and there’s nothing wrong with that, particularly when you’re spending the day shopping or strolling and you don’t want to have to deal with a regular purse on your arm.

The combination of black leather and silver hardware gives this backpack a bit of a biker-cool feel, which works perfectly with the zillions of pairs of motorcycle boots that have found their way to retail this season. If you find this look a bit too 90s, I can’t blame you, but it’s hard to deny the inherent functionality in this bag’s structure. When my shoulder is sore from carrying a heavy purse for hours of shopping, a backpack doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $575.

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  • 19yearslater

    This is a gorgeous backpack. The shape, leather, and I don’t hate logos so I think the koobas on the zipper pulls make a nice touch

  • Mochababe73

    I’m still not convinced. Even in its 80s heyday, I still didn’t carry a backpack handbag.

  • Chris

    Sorry, I am not convinced either. Very often, I like backpacks, but not this one, because a) the design looks too much 90s, and b)it does not have a cover. Without the cover, it lacks a bit the polished/finished look I can expect for almost $600.

    • wakh

      Very good point about the lack of a cover flap.

  • wakh

    I admit it, I like backpacks – from Jantzen in the ’70s to LV in the ’90s I like this one, I do like the silver HW against the black. It wouldn’t have looked right with gold.

  • Stylista

    I love all these fashionable backpacks that are coming out. It gives student’s like me hope!