To make sure each of my Purseonals posts are as accurate as possible, I’ve been carrying the bag I am going to review for at least five days straight before I sit down to share my thoughts with you. This way I use the bag used as part of my everyday life, from short errands to long days out and about.

Under review now is my Rebecca Minkoff Nikki Hobo, a bag that I have loved since Rebecca first released it, yet somehow I only own one Nikki myself. I got this bag about 7 months ago and have used it off and on quite a bit.

Here is how my Rebecca Minkoff Nikki scores in our PurseBlog Purseonals ratings:

Aesthetics 4 Stars

A hobo is a shape that many covet, and Rebecca Minkoff had an easy time creating a classic hobo style. The Nikki fills every aesthetic desire I have when it comes to a good hobo – the shape is slouchy but not completely limp and the sides have some additional hardware to give a special touch.

When you lay the Nikki down flat, the top of the bag is nearly touching the top handle. At a glance it will seem like there is no way this bag will fit over your shoulder and be comfortable, but the body of the bag slouches to give you about a 9″ shoulder drop. This is enough when I have a thinner shirt on, but the bag always slides down my shoulder when I’m wearing a sweater or jacket. Another inch for the drop would be great, two would be ideal.

If it seems like I am not saying much about the aesthetics, it is because I am not. The majority of hobos are both simple and expected, which is neither a good or bad thing – it is just a hobo thing. And this expected shape and look is what Rebecca provides with her Nikki bag.

Usability + Functionality 3.5 Stars

Rebecca Minkoff is known for her hardware detailing, and while the Nikki I own does not have a ton of additional details, the hardware still adds a bit of weight to the bag. If I carry this bag for hours straight, I will start to switch it from shoulder to shoulder to split the weight because with the bag filled up it digs into my shoulder and feels heavy after a while.

As I discussed in aesthetics, the handle drop works as long as I’m not wearing anything too thick and sits nicely on my shoulder. The bag hugs tight to my body which always makes it feel more secure. The top closes with a magnetic snap closure, leaving two ends of the bag accessible to unwanted hands – but that would only happen if you were carrying the bag in the crux of your arm or hand. When worn on my shoulder, the bag feels safe and snug. I know a zipper top seems like it would be annoying to open and shut, but since I am on the go so much – I prefer it for security reasons.

The inside of the Nikki has a spacious zip pocket on one side and three open pockets on the other side. Like many bags, when you reach down into the large open compartment, locating specific items is tricky – but it is like that with all bags. To reach into the bag you need to slide it down your shoulder, but I find the interior pockets helpful to separate items.

Quality + Construction 3.5 Stars

I have read reviews of people in the RM Forums that have had issues with their RM bags. However, for the time that I have owned this bag, I have not experienced any quality problems. The thick leather has a slight glossy finish and even if I literally scratch my nail over the bag, it does not leave a mark. I haven’t worn the bag long enough to see how years of use effects it, the corners are in great shape right now and the hardware has held up. The leather on my Nikki is thick and smooshy, not as soft as I typically like but not rigid either.

The only complaint I have is about the quality and consistency of leather used on opposing panels. To add a design element, there is a double stitch in the front and back center of the bag. Upon closer inspection, different panels of leather are used here that meet in the middle. I’m a stickler for leather matching up perfectly and while not nearly as bad as I’ve seen on other bags, there are slight leather discrepancies.

The inside is lined in a cotton canvas dark brown/black kiss print lining. All of the pockets are easy to access, and the open pockets fit a phone perfectly. Rebecca Minkoff bags always make sure inside functionality is a top priority, and that is evident with the Nikki.

Value 4.5 Stars

For a spacious, all-leather, sizable hobo (18″x 4″x 14.5″) from a contemporary designer, the price is very reasonable. Rebecca Minkoff designs have garnered tons of attention from shoppers, celebrities and fashionistas alike, and compared to other hobos this size under $500 is on the lower side. Like many contemporary designers, the bag is not made in the USA. The Nikki costs $495 via Rebecca Minkoff and ShopBop.

The ‘It’ Factor 3.5 Stars

When it comes to a good looking hobo, Rebecca Minkoff delivers with her Nikki. A simple hobo has a hard time becoming a really trendy and sought-after bag, but it is an extremely important shape in the handbag world. If you ever get me ranking a hobo with a supremely high “it” factor – it will be super special. This hobo is the definition of ‘easy chic’.

Total 3.5 Stars
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  • melodymouse

    I own two Nikki hobos – Almond and Eggplant. Your comments are spot on. They really are gorgeous, slouchy hobos and any negative features are easy to overlook. Like yourself, I have a small frame and am still constantly surprised at how a bag with such large dimensions can mould into my body. Thanks for the great review.

  • marinaharbour

    Not in love, i’ve got a problem with hobos, don’t know why!
    But i do like the color and the price is ok!

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Great accent pop of color with adding the fall leaf to the photos.
    Can you tell me how much your Nikki weighs empty?
    Thanks!

  • rose60610

    Good looking purse for a casual look.

  • MizzJ

    I do so love the shape of a hobo, yet I own none. The Nikki sounds like a great deal: quality for price. Are you only reviewing day bags in this series? I’m wondering how a smaller day purse or clutch would fare here…

    http://highmaintenancewoman.blogspot.com

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

      I’ll do a clutch/smaller accessory next :)

  • jen

    I love this new category – it really helps a lot! You wear this bag so well. It looks perfect on you. I want one now, too…!

  • Fiona-Brazil

    The pictures and the model : perfection!The hobo, not my favorite, I am more the tote, shoulder bags, clutch kind of person…

  • Jennifer

    Love this category! Keep them coming! =)

  • shallowgal

    Great pics and a great, concise review. I almost want to buy one too, but I just can’t carry a shoulder bag any more. sigh.

  • Pallavi

    Will there be no more ‘What’s in her/his bag?’ articles? :(

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

      One is going up today!!!

  • Karin bag4bag

    I LOVE my own RM Nikki hobo in violet. I have had it for over a year now and the quality of the materials is still perfect. I use it seasonally and it is a real winner of a bag !

  • ceedee

    great review! what’s the color of your nikki? i’ve been looking at the “dove” nikki with the leopard lining to see if i want to order it and yours looks very close to online pics of “dove”. thanks in advance megs!

  • jrl

    love your nails, love the color of this bag and was going to say it looks small. but with those dimensions it is great how well it hides its roominess.

  • Jiveleigh

    Anticipating the next ‘Purseonals’! Sure hope you’re continuing these. Love love love.

  • Josephine

    What a thorough review! I love the idea of your purseonals! Thank you, it really helps me now that I’ve fallen in love with the world of bags

  • Asurpitski

    Hi there – what color is our Nikki? (did I miss it?)

  • sirius max

    They look good when they are new. they don’t age too god i think. But then again, for $500…

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  • Denechaud

    What an excellent review! This is an awesome blog!

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