All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Variants | infographic
All Color: Sunflower | infographic
All Color: Black | infographic
All Color: Cognac | infographic
All Color: Honey | infographic
All Color: Nutmeg | infographic
All Color: Pebbled--black | infographic
All Color: Sedona | infographic
All Color: Dune | infographic
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Nutmeg | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sedona | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Sunflower | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Honey | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Pebbled--black | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Dune | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Color: Cognac | handmade leather backpack
All Variants | infographic
All Color: Sunflower | infographic
All Color: Black | infographic
All Color: Cognac | infographic
All Color: Honey | infographic
All Color: Nutmeg | infographic
All Color: Pebbled--black | infographic
All Color: Sedona | infographic
All Color: Dune | infographic

Essential Backpack

$299 $124

Essential Backpack

$124

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The Essential Backpack is the perfect hands-free bag for your daily commute or casual weekend outings. It features a spacious interior compartment with an inside pocket plus a front zippered pocket perfect for holding small items such as keys and our Mini Envelope Wallet. The buckle straps adjust to get a perfect fit. Make this full-grain leather backpack your new go-to bag for any outfit!

No two PLG bags are alike! Please note: it is normal for all of our products, including Premium items, to have unique variations and character markings that are inherent to natural full-grain leather. Pebbled leathers are achieved naturally and not artificially pressed. Color may also vary slightly from batch-to-batch.

The Essential Backpack is the perfect hands-free bag for your daily commute or casual weekend outings. It features a spacious interior compartment with an inside pocket plus a front zippered pocket perfect for holding small items such as keys and our Mini Envelope Wallet. The buckle straps adjust to get a perfect fit. Make this full-grain leather backpack your new go-to bag for any outfit!

No two PLG bags are alike! Please note: it is normal for all of our products, including Premium items, to have unique variations and character markings that are inherent to natural full-grain leather. Pebbled leathers are achieved naturally and not artificially pressed. Color may also vary slightly from batch-to-batch.

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The Essential Backpack is the perfect hands-free bag for your daily commute or casual weekend outings. It features a spacious interior compartment with an inside pocket plus a front zippered pocket perfect for holding small items such as keys and our Mini Envelope Wallet. The buckle straps adjust to get a perfect fit. Make this full-grain leather backpack your new go-to bag for any outfit!

Our U.S. sourced leather is incredibly easy to care for. With time and use, the natural oils in the leather will rise to the surface, developing a beautiful patina and smoothing any scuffs or scratches that may have accumulated. Learn more about caring for your new leather product.

Full Grain: Our full-grain and gently brushed leathers are among the strongest and most durable available, and the unique texture and natural imperfections from the cow’s life have not been removed. These marks are proof that the leather will become more beautiful with age.

Pebbled: Please note that our pebbled leather, like all of our leather, is a natural product. You may notice changes in grain or texture throughout your bag. Other companies artificially press a pebble texture into their leather, but the pebbling of our leather is achieved naturally through an extra tumbling process which leaves some areas of the hide smoother than others.

Width: 9.5"
Depth: 3.75" 
Height: 10.5" 

Adjustable Strap Length: 21"- 40"

Please allow 1-3 business days for order preparation.

We are pleased to offer a variety of shipping options at checkout to meet your delivery needs.

No two PLG bags are alike! Please note: it is normal for all of our products, including Premium items, to have unique variations and character markings that are inherent to natural full-grain leather. Pebbled leathers are achieved naturally and not artificially pressed. Color may also vary slightly from batch-to-batch.

Our U.S. sourced leather is incredibly easy to care for. With time and use, the natural oils in the leather will rise to the surface, developing a beautiful patina and smoothing any scuffs or scratches that may have accumulated. Learn more about caring for your new leather product.

Full Grain: Our full-grain and gently brushed leathers are among the strongest and most durable available, and the unique texture and natural imperfections from the cow’s life have not been removed. These marks are proof that the leather will become more beautiful with age.

Pebbled: Please note that our pebbled leather, like all of our leather, is a natural product. You may notice changes in grain or texture throughout your bag. Other companies artificially press a pebble texture into their leather, but the pebbling of our leather is achieved naturally through an extra tumbling process which leaves some areas of the hide smoother than others.

Width: 9.5"
Depth: 3.75" 
Height: 10.5" 

Adjustable Strap Length: 21"- 40"

Please allow 1-3 business days for order preparation.

We are pleased to offer a variety of shipping options at checkout to meet your delivery needs.

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
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Rachel D.
Cute and casual

Perfect for weekend outings, I took the essential backpack for a spin around Brooklyn. It was the perfect size for a day full of walking. It’s cute and casual but also bigger than I anticipated. Absolutely love!

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Drbjoy4ul
Love it!

I have purchase 4 small backpacks in the past month and this is definitely in my top 2. I love the size and depth of it. I wish it had a split in the rear to stick my phone into it and a key fob inside to attach my keys. Otherwise, this backpack is darn near perfect. The color is rich and vibrant. I do love it!

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Leigh
Fantastic, yet imperfect.

The quality is as outstanding as always. And the design is beautiful. It is mature without being dated, and trendy without being too youthful. Overall, it is a timeless piece I will wear for hopefully a lifetime. My only slight issue is with the straps. They seem just a little thin for the weight of the backpack, although I’ve gotten used to it and don’t feel as though they’ll wear poorly. But the raw leather on the backside of the straps snags at my hair like no other. With time, I am sure it will patina and smooth and not be an issue. For now, however, it IS something to be aware of. Not even a critique, just something to note. I love it enough to recommend it and give 5 stars.

T
TexasMama07
MY new diaper-less bag!

My daughter is training now, so I don't need to pack as much stuff, yay! A spare pull-up, wipes and my basics. I love the backpack style, it's perfect! Also love the quality of the leather and how it looks! This is my 2nd purchase.👌♥️ ✨

C
C.
Cute little bag

Simple and cute backpack! Love

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Robert R.
New Merse

After nearly 20 years with the old Canyon Outback man purse/backpack I finally found a replacement. I like it, but I am still getting used to it. It is a little thicker than the one I had previously, but it is nice that I can set it down without it falling over. It is comfortable to sling over my shoulder and the zippers work well. I like the internal pocket. I wouldn't mind if it had a couple more external pockets, but... It is a little larger so that my passport wallet fits in easily. I am pleased with it, and I think it will work out just fine for me.

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Based on 32 reviews
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Rachel D.
Cute and casual

Perfect for weekend outings, I took the essential backpack for a spin around Brooklyn. It was the perfect size for a day full of walking. It’s cute and casual but also bigger than I anticipated. Absolutely love!

D
Drbjoy4ul
Love it!

I have purchase 4 small backpacks in the past month and this is definitely in my top 2. I love the size and depth of it. I wish it had a split in the rear to stick my phone into it and a key fob inside to attach my keys. Otherwise, this backpack is darn near perfect. The color is rich and vibrant. I do love it!

L
Leigh
Fantastic, yet imperfect.

The quality is as outstanding as always. And the design is beautiful. It is mature without being dated, and trendy without being too youthful. Overall, it is a timeless piece I will wear for hopefully a lifetime. My only slight issue is with the straps. They seem just a little thin for the weight of the backpack, although I’ve gotten used to it and don’t feel as though they’ll wear poorly. But the raw leather on the backside of the straps snags at my hair like no other. With time, I am sure it will patina and smooth and not be an issue. For now, however, it IS something to be aware of. Not even a critique, just something to note. I love it enough to recommend it and give 5 stars.

T
TexasMama07
MY new diaper-less bag!

My daughter is training now, so I don't need to pack as much stuff, yay! A spare pull-up, wipes and my basics. I love the backpack style, it's perfect! Also love the quality of the leather and how it looks! This is my 2nd purchase.👌♥️ ✨

C
C.
Cute little bag

Simple and cute backpack! Love

R
Robert R.
New Merse

After nearly 20 years with the old Canyon Outback man purse/backpack I finally found a replacement. I like it, but I am still getting used to it. It is a little thicker than the one I had previously, but it is nice that I can set it down without it falling over. It is comfortable to sling over my shoulder and the zippers work well. I like the internal pocket. I wouldn't mind if it had a couple more external pockets, but... It is a little larger so that my passport wallet fits in easily. I am pleased with it, and I think it will work out just fine for me.