Vogue UK

Grey Was Crocodile Backpack

The backpack has upped its games. What was once a practical carry-all toted only by hurried commuters and globetrotting adventures has now graduated into a grown-up thing of beauty. The most luxurious are cast in sublime leathers and exotic skins and finished with meticulous attention to detail with little or not hardware, save for a polished gold toggle that whispers elegance. Nancy Gonzalez's are handcrafted in Colombia from crocodile skin in the palest dove grey imaginable, while Hermes's version in butterscotch leather melts in the back of a matching dress, making a surprise new two-piece-in store this spring. Meanwhile, current styles by the Row, Christian Louboutin and Pierre Hardy also pack a punch, as does the Prada original, which debuted in 1984. OKm it's nylon, not leather, but the enamel badge confirms its covetable status. Mrs Prada was on to a good thing: the shape has remained exactly the same since. Invest now.