It’s tough to imagine wearing a business suit and strapping a backpack over your shoulders. Sophisticated grown-man clothes and school boy bags just don’t go well together. One look at this classy-looking Burlington Backpack from Smythson, though, just made me want to change my mind.
If a backpack ever played nice with a business suit, this would be it. Sure, you’ll still look like the odd man out when carrying a rucksack while dressed in tailored office threads (only because nobody else does it), but the convenience of having a bag while gaining full use of your hands and arms sure sounds like a fair trade-off, especially when the pack looks this good, anyway.
As with the rest of Smythson’s Burlington Collection, the Burlington Backpack boasts a visibly immaculate tailoring that just exudes both luxury and self-assurance – two things that definitely go well with whatever you’re wearing. Crafted in soft deerskin leather with a navy blue finish, it comes with matching Nile blue stitching and contrasting venetian red nylon-cotton lining. It features a dual zip-top closure for the main compartment, three internal pockets (one zippered, two slips), an exterior pocket with zip-top closure, a carry handle up top, and adjustable shoulder straps. Dimensions are 32 x 41 x 15 cm (w x h x d).
When you want to carry a backpack to a professional setting and still want people to take you seriously, we can’t imagine anything working better than the Smythson Burlington Backpack. It’s available now, priced at £850.