For a luxury item to actually feel like a must-have, it's got to achieve a couple things. It actually has to be useful — to shell out a couple hundred (or thousand) dollars for a single useless item is a ludicrous idea for most people. Secondly, it needs to feel like it’s going to be relevant for a long time. And finally, it’s got to be sprinkled with magical fashion dust; without that element of “ME WANT,” there’s nothing stopping you from choosing a more affordable high-street option. For a house that's all but built around one timeless collectible — the trench coat — it’s no surprise that Burberry has an eye for churning out products that fit these exact guidelines. See: its monogrammed ponchos and personalizable scarves, both instant classics.
This year, it's betting on nylon backpacks. Constructed with gabardine-like nylon (that mimics the brand's waterproof trenches), these rucksacks were paired with an expansive variety of looks, from more casual tanks and trousers to pretty lace cocktail dresses and full-on gowns. The bag itself is a standard utilitarian backpack — meaning you can actually fit your things in there — but what makes this an especially fashion-y offering is the hardware on the straps. With golden grommets and a connecting chain, the shoulder straps look like jewelry. Basically, this bag works with all outfits, for nearly any life event.
Burberry is also offering up exterior monogramming in sans-serif, embroidered gold letters, which comes off way more upscale-feeling than those L.L.Bean backpacks your parents never let you get because of kidnappers. It also can come with an internal metal nameplate for extra luxury.
The most luxurious part about it? The bags are available for pre-order now until October 5, meaning that it’s going to be added to a lot of holiday shopping lists. The price starts at a hefty $1,295, but considering the item might end up being used every day for the rest of your existence, it’s not a bad deal.