Leather Backpacks for Life

Here at The Real Leather Company, we’re passionate about making leather backpacks for men and women that are built to last longer than your old nylon backpack.

The Rucksack offers a retro cognac leather look and its quality shoulder straps make it perfect the perfect hiking backpack.

The Standard is one of our best sellers. A premium dark brown leather laptop backpack, it works just as well at the office as on a long hike. It’s the best backpack for a 17 inch laptop pocket and it’s expandable internal organization means you can store all your gear in it’s packable pouches.

The Kobuk is our customer approved rolltop backpack. It has a large main zippered pocket and a smaller water bottle pocket, ideal for quick access items. The sternum strap keeps you comfortable, even on long hikes.

The Compact offers the best of both. It has a fine leather flap, YKK zippers and adjustable straps. It is crafted for functionality with a large main compartment inside and a laptop compartment for a 15 inch laptop. It’s also got easy access front pockets, side pockets and a soft mesh back panel.

The Traveler Backpack is our canvas daypack. The camo-style green is a unique take on a rough and ready backpack.

Vintage Leather Backpacks for the Journey

On this journey through life, we all need companions along the way. Our leather backpacks are built for the journey. Whether in the office or taking a rural break, our leather travel backpacks are crafted for both.

Our leather backpacks for men have multiple interior pockets and work great as leather laptop backpacks. Store your laptop, lunch, gym gear, headphones, clothes and more in our organized compartments. Store your wallet, cellphone, water bottle or travel tickets here so they are easy to access and grab on-the-go.

We also have a range of leather backpacks for women and you’ll find many of our backpacks are unisex appropriate. These can sometimes be referred to as tote bags or crossbody bags. The Knuckle is a clear example of this. This mini backpack is perfect for the office, but still made from our premium leather. It’s a great option to breeze through TSA checks at the airport.

We use only premium brass and alloy hardware in our rucksacks. That means the zippers, buckles and rivets are built to last - just like the premium top and full grain leather used. We stock a range of colors, including black leather backpacks and brown leather backpacks. Browse our full collection of womens backpacks and mens backpacks above.

Alternatives to Leather Laptop Backpacks

If you need a little more room for your weekend gear, take a look at our leather duffle bags. These travel bags are still small enough to make ideal carry-ons, but you’ll find duffel bags have plenty of room for all your essentials for days at a time.

If you are looking for a bag that’s just for work and needs to be a bit more formal, we recommend our leather messenger bags. These shoulder bags are still considered a casual work choice, and for most, will be suitable for the office. For short commutes with limited gear, these hands-free belt bags are a great option.

For those with more formal professions (think doctors or attorneys) our leather briefcases and trending work bags are more suitable. These laptop bags are built to show the world you are a serious professional that has truly arrived. It is the same quality leather, but crafted in a smooth way to show off your class.

If you are looking for a cross between a backpack and a briefcase, this new arrival convertible backpack is a unique option.

We also have a wide range of accessories to carry your cellphone, credit cards, and keys. Check out out our wallets and fanny packs.

You can also check out our full collection of leather bags, or if you’re not sure what a loved one would prefer, shop our gift cards.


1. Why choose a leather backpack from The Real Leather Company?

We believe hard work makes high quality gear - and there is no shortcut to quality craftsmanship.

Over the years, we’ve sold over 25,000 bags with over a thousand 5 star ratings.

2. How do I look after a real leather backpack?

If you care properly for a leather bookbag, you can extend its life by years and help it to develop a rich patina.

We recommend using a leather conditioner about once a year for protection and restoration of a vintage leather cowhide.

For a full breakdown of looking after your leather backpack, check out our full leather care guide.

3. Can leather backpacks get wet?

It is important to note that genuine leather is not fully waterproof or weather resistant. In some cases, they can be water-resistant, but a real soaking can damage fine leather goods.

Be sure to allow your leather bag to dry naturally.

Real leather is of course incredibly durable and will be able to cope with simple rain on a commute.

4. Do I get a warranty?

We think you’ll love your new vintage leather backpack. But just in case it’s not quite right - all customers are protected by The Real Leather Guarantee.

To order, you can browse the in stock backpacks on this page and see their regular price, sale price, and subtotal. Add it to your mental wishlist, then checkout confidently, knowing that you have a whole 30 days to decide if your leather handbag is everything you dreamed of.

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5. Can I get it monogrammed?

At this time, we do not provide monogram services. However, all our sling bags, backpacks and laptop sleeves can be monogrammed by most local leather working dealers.

6. Do you have a store locator?

We are on online only brand. This allows us to take advantage of a leaner supply chain and pass the cost and sustainability savings on to you, the customer.