As we declared in our Fall Fashion Preview, 2013’s fashion trends have come full circle and are back to backpacks. Many high-end designers have included this accessory in their men’s lines for the season, and everyone from NBA all-stars to paparazzi-swarmed A-listers have been seen lugging these things around, putting as much thought into it as you used to put into which superhero you’d sport for the remainder of your school year.
While there are a lot of designs gunning for the spotlight, our eyes have wandered to leather craftsman Bill Amberg’s gorgeous Rucksack. Amberg is known for his meticulous design and artistry and has been called on by many major companies to develop limited-edition runs of their products, most recently the BlackBerry Bold 9780 holster shown below, so it comes as no surprise that he’s created the perfect rugged backpack.
This all-leather bag embodies simplicity with its tumbled cowhide, 100 percent cotton lining and solid brass fittings. Coming in three colors, tan, brown and black, it’s ideal for daily use, getaways and whatever else you throw its way. The piece is handcrafted in their studio in England and goes for $580 on Mr Porter or $800 straight from the Bill Amberg Studio.