The Elie Tahari Rebecca Tote, $598 via Bergdorf Goodman.

Yesterday, we talked about how hard it is to find a good upstart contemporary bag line and cited Diane von Furstenberg as a prime example of a brand who has found its handbag stride without much problem, and I’d like to offer Elie Tahari as another clothing brand done good. Tahari’s bag line is only a couple of seasons old, but every time I see one of his bags at a store, I find myself nothing less than impressed by the designs and materials, particularly when you consider the price point. I saw the Elie Tahari Rebecca Tote at Neiman Marcus lately, and let’s just say that my affection for the brand continues apace.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to what I like to call “elbow clearance.” It refers to being able to swing a bag onto your shoulder without having to do that weird maneuver where you quickly shoot your arm through and then wriggle it up to its final resting spot. Nope, you can bend your arm fully when you have elbow clearance. It’s a beautiful thing but particularly hard to find in a tote, and this bag has it.

The bag also has a few other nice attributes worth mentioning, most notably the color. We’ve already had the brights conversation a million times, we don’t need to have it again. And at 18 inches wide, this tote is easily large enough for your everyday essentials. If you’re more conservative when it comes to color, it also comes in black. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $598.

  • rose60610

    Slouchy in a pretty way. I like the tangerine color a lot. I’m also a fan of this shoe line.

  • suz

    Really nice bag!

  • Lulugurl

    Such a pretty bag, I am not entirely sold on the chain strap (something in how it goes around the bottom of the bag) but otherwise love it!

  • Stacy

    nice.

  • edoardo

    Wonderful bag, it looks so so so chic!!

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  • Michelle

    ohh lala i think i love this bag!

  • 19yearslater

    Elbow clearance! So good. I always have trouble explaining this concept. I love the color of this bag.

    • Earmuffs

      I think I know what you mean… When you leave one strap on your shoulder but taking the other one down to get whatever you need to get inside. And when you’re done, you simply put the other strap on your shoulders without having to move the first strap? :D

      I totally get you.

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  • Marianna

    I have been wanting an orange bag and I think I found my bliss! Amanda, do you know if this bag zips or snaps closed or is it an open tote? Thanks!

  • Tonya

    I could do without the chain in the handle but the color is soooo rich! Beautiful Bag!!

  • mab

    Looks so cool in a bright sunny day.

  • Jacki

    Absolutely love the color and shape, but the chain is a definite deal-breaker for me.

  • CoachCruiser

    Saw this on sale for $400 in Neiman Marcus and had to get it! :) Love the gorgeous bright tangerine color