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A plum, gray and black argyle checked backpack ($40, Foxy Jeans,; Winners, works for a range of ages, whether it’s a sophisticated statement for school or a fun addition to your desk. (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

An update on a classic with asymmetrical lines and red piping to add interest, this laptop briefcase can also hold a tablet in nits front pocket ($65, best buy, (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

Tom is outfitted for head back to work, job interviews or graduate studies in a charcoal three-piece suit ($545, Alfred Sung). a fuchsia dress shirt ($89.50, Calvin Klein) coordinates well with a fuchsia paisley patterned tie ($49.99) and silk pocket square ($9.99). a pair of black leather slip on shoes ($125) and a black dress belt ($55) complete his look. all items Moore’s Clothing for Men, Tom carries his laptop and other essentials in his caramel Sleeve plus ($89.99, for locations) which features black trim and zippered compartments. meanwhile, Melinda heads back to work in a magenta bowed dress ($139.95) and a multi-coloured glass bead necklace ($29.95, both Le Chateau, and carries her tablet in a vibrant orange quilted PVC bag ($44.99, for locations). (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

If your workplace or school calls for a more casual style, you’ll stay sharp as Melinda does, by carrying your essentials in a red tweed netbook carrier bag ($49.99, for locations). she wears a pink tie-dyed top ($40, Foxy Jeans, and a pair of dark navy, low-rise skinny boot cut jeans ($198, Fidelity Denim, Melinda’s own bangles and a coral ring ($15, Le Chateau, add to her look. she keeps in touch using her iPhone, which is refreshed with a limited edition black and white patterned case ($29.99, GRC Cory Ferguson for PKG, for locations). (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

Tom carries his black mini backpack, featuring an adjustable molded tablet pocket ($45, Swiss Gear, available at Access and Staples, he dresses up his beige ribbed turtleneck ($59.95, Le Chateau, and Slim Jim Nudie indigo jeans ($235, over the Rainbow, with the vest from his three-piece suit ($545, Alfred Sung at Moores Clothing For Men, the orange iPhone case ($29.99, PKG iphone 4 case, for locations) gives just the pop of colour this outfit needs. (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

“Nothing kills the look of a stylish suit or outfit faster than an old, scruffy looking canvas bag,” says Tarek Al-Azbat, the creative director of Nella Bella. This NB Man Stockholm messenger bag in caramel has the perfect amount of polished sophistication, matched with style. $99,

The thinner laptops available today allow for sleeker bags that won’t weigh you down. This Frankfurt laptop tote in Salmon ($98, Nella Bella, is a great example, in a pebbled finish that works well with season’s textures.

This messenger-style bag may look like your average grey on the outside, but it opens up to reveal a unique multi-coloured plaid interior ($40, Roots, available at Bentley, (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

A pink quilted bag, sized to fit a 13″ laptop, can even accommodate a tablet in the front pocket ($49.99, PKG, for locations). (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

The Stuff grey wool tablet sleeve ($44.99, PKG, for locations) has a hidden handle, so the piece can be carried under the arm, or around the hand. (Derek Ruttan/QMI Agency)

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