Even though we graduated college years ago, we still get jitters from the words "back to school" every September. There really is nothing like buying new pens, notebooks (cough, Moleskine 4E), and more importantly, a brand-new backpack that will become your best friend. We rounded-up some of our favorite brands that really know how to have your back and, even better, make a statement. From KARA, a new beautifully simplistic leather goods brand on the rise, to an old favorite Kipling, these pieces are not your average backpacks—just the way we like it.
KARA, Small Backpack in black calf hair and pebble leather, $530, available at Fred Segal; SSENSE.com.
The Cambridge Satchel Company, The Small Portrait Backpack, $215, available at The Cambridge Satche Company.
Mifland, Standard Rucksack in natural tan and vegetable leather, $415, available at Mifland.
Kipling, Ravier Backpack in black, $99 (additional $8 for monogramming), available at Kipling.
M.R.K.T.,Carter Backpack in Oiled Oak, $175, available at M.R.K.T.
Golden Ponies, Clear Transparent Plastic Satchel Backpack, $58, available at Golden Ponies.