Product Review: The High On Leather Vintage Leather Backpack

The world of commuter carry-alls are filled with sad messenger bags, multi-purpose nylon gym bags & overly technical backpacks. Although very practical, finding a backpack that complements your workwear can be a tall order. To help find a more stylish backpack option we’ve set out on a mission to find best ones around. 

Kicking off our search for the perfect leather backpack is this vintage-inspired piece from High On Leather

Sabir M. Peele review High On Leather Vintage Backpack

14 Inch Leather Backpack – High On Leather | Yellow Windowpane Chapman Jacket – Thomas Pink | Tan George Boot – Cobbler Union | Cargo Pants – Todd Snyder x Gap | Grey Cashmere Hoodie – Mooncats 


High On Leather is an online e-tailer (based in India) that provides leather backpacks, work & travel bags for both men and women. If you get a chance to read their story, you’ll understand that their noble mission is to supply the market with eco-friendly leather bags & accessories at 60% of the cost of most retailers. 

Here are the specs (from HOL site) on this backpack:

  • Colour: Brown
  • Leather: Goat Leather
  • Dimensions: 14(H) * 11(W) * 5(D)
  • 1 Front pocket
  • 2 Pockets on each side
  • 1 Zippered pocket on top flap
  • 3 large compartments
  • 1 Zippered pocket on the back side of the bag
  • Briefcase Handle on top

Men’s Style Pro Opinion of the High On Leather 14 inch Backpack

I’ll give you my overall grade before breaking down my reasoning. This leather backpack receives at B grade.

  • The tri-color tan leather is beautiful and will age extremely well – Pro
  • With ample compartments, there’s no need to leave your important documents and items at home – Pro
  • The side pocket/compartments fit my iPhone 6 perfectly. This is a huge plus for keeping my phone in a proper storage space and out of my pant or suit jacket pockets- Pro
  • Looks smashing with a suit & other corporate work apparel – Major Pro
  • Major Con – the adjustable straps need to be shortened or more holes need to be added. The reason why this is a major con is that without holding on the straps, the backpack sits to low on your back
  • Con: the green interior color isn’t complementary or as polished as one would think from such a beautiful leather bag. From an aesthetic end, the interior color seemed like an after thought

Sabir M. Peele review High On Leather Vintage Backpack

Sabir M. Peele review High On Leather Vintage Backpack

Sabir M. Peele review High On Leather Vintage Backpack

Sabir M. Peele review High On Leather Vintage Backpack

Sabir M Peele

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Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • DJ

    Quality leather, functionality and a great design. I agree with the green interior not being complimentary, but this is still a piece I can see being used during the work week.

    DJ | http://www.collegestyleguy.com

    • Hey DJ,

      The bag has held up quite well, but, i’m thinking about selling it.

      – Sabir

  • Leather backpacks is quality! Looks so much more sophisticated and nice than a regular one. Will definitely be including one for this season in my wardrobe.

    Classy Dapper

  • Darwin

    I can’t agree more with your opinion that finding a functional
    backpack that complements our workwear can be a tall order. I like vintage
    design so much and this vintage leather backpack will definitely be one of the
    solutions. Great product review!

  • J. Jones

    I know this is an older post but I was curious to know whether the bag has held up well over time.

  • Melissa M

    I don’t agree, the quality is lacking. I prefer the backpacks from Von Baer and Hugo Boss with comparable quality but Von Baer is more affordable.

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