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.

  • gpc

    This has everything I like in a bag, but maybe too much? I could do without the side flap compartments…

    • Kat

      I will have to agree that there’s too much going on for me with the exterior of the bag. There’s the tassel, the flaps on the side pockets, the puckering on the front panel… It all looks a little too busy for me.

      But you’re spot on about the interior compartments. Obviously a lot of thought went into that. And the color is lovely, too.

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    • kansashalo

      I agree – I love this bag but I’ve always hated side flaps on any handbag. lol

      But other than that, I love this – especially the color!

  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

    I just realized it sort of reminds me of the Chloe Silverado’s shape – and I adore it!

  • Meredith

    Id wear this sucker with pride…..makes an understated statement and isnt too “brand-y”

  • Lorie

    I can see myself wearing this bag until it’s worn completely out. I love it!

    I wonder how heavy it is?

    • Lorie

      Oh wait. I see on NAP. It weighs 3.5 lbs.

  • sunflower

    I ordered this bag in Lawn (beautiful green) from Bergdorf Goodman.

  • bisbee

    Lovely bag…but I could do without the tassel.

    • bisbee

      Just looked at the green on BG’s site – lovely color – and the tassel is removable!

  • 19yearslater

    It’s perfect- pretty color, fashionable, functional.

  • Lianne

    Now *that*’s the bag for my weekday use, when I’m carrying a lot of stuff around. On the weekends, I carry a small bag that holds just my ereader, notebook, wallet, and walkman mp3 player. During the week, well, let’s just say that I carry a lot more.

  • louch

    Nope, too much going on – tassle, lots of pockets, heaps of hardware etc etc. I find it assaults my eyes. Love the colour but!

  • Abbi

    I think I’d like it more if there was no tassel. That’s what’s ruined the bad for me.

  • mochababe73

    I agree with the previous posters. My first thought was that it was too much going on, and I love a jazzy handbag. But the double pockets and tassels along with the handles and strap make it look messy.

  • Mama M

    My kind of bag — a place for everything, top zipper & multiple outside pockets. The leather looks nice, too.

  • rose60610

    DvF has come out with good things at good price points. This bag strikes me, though, as a dowdy bag trying to be “hip”. In real life it probably looks better than its picture.

  • chloehandbags

    The maroon colour is perfect. :)

    Not altogether sold on the overall shape of the bag, though. Think the body may be a bit too high?

  • Ericka

    I’d remove the tassle. Love the bag, structured but not stuffy IMO.

  • juliexin

    I tried it on once. Very very very heavy for an empty bag…..