I'm very much anti-backpack but I do understand their use from time to time. If I or a friend absolutely needed one, I would choose from one of the beautiful leather rucksacks made by a few artisans here in the South, all of which have my rapt attention and total adoration. Like this one, from Go Forth Goods in Marietta, Georgia.
Nathan Martin is the talented artisan behind the rucksack and a slew of other leather items, all made by hand with high quality materials in his workshop. Every item bought from his shop comes with a lifetime guarantee which is all part of Nathan's conviction to create well crafted goods meant to stand the test of time. Find his briefcase here and the classic messenger bag (a perfect upgrade from any canvas backpack brought to the office), here.
I love the name of Nathan's business as it also conveys his intention to give back. Every quarter, Go Forth Goods partners with a different non profit organization or ministry that is making a positive difference and giving them 10% of profits. Go forth, indeed... see all of Nathan's work, which includes mugs, wallets and more scrumptious leather bags and accessories, here.