Diane von Furstenberg Elaine Shoulder Bag, $650 via Net-a-Porter.
When we talk about bags around here, we usually show one shot: The exterior. That’s what attracts almost everyone to a bag in the first place, not to mention that most retailers aren’t as thorough as our beloved Net-a-Porter when it comes to photographing a bag’s ever facet. But in the case of the Diane von Furstenberg Elaine Shoulder Bag, we just couldn’t restrain ourselves from giving you both shots. After all, when you’re going to be carrying a bag for your daily activities, the structure matters a great deal. And in this particular case, the bag’s interior setup is just as good as its exterior aesthetics.
The triple-compartment organization of this bag reminds me a lot of one of the most functional totes I’ve ever own, the Botkier Trigger. With one roomy zippered interior section (lined in light canvas so you can see all of your stuff) flanked by two narrow snap-closed pockets that form the outside of the bag, there’s no reason for you to ever lose anything at the bottom of your purse again. And as if that weren’t enough, the bag also has several outside pockets for all the stuff that you need to be able to grab quickly.
The bag also has several other charms that I’m sure you’ve noticed. The deep, rich burgundy color acts as a wonderful neutral alternative to brown or tan and will go with any ensemble where you’d choose one of those colors for your accessories. Trust me on this one. The bag also has two options for carrying, and the removable shoulder strap looks long enough to enable cross-body wear when our hands are full. I’d prefer this design in a bright color for myself, but as soon as I see it in a cobalt blue or turquoise, you best believe I’m going to snap it up. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $650.