The more Diane Von Furstenberg gets used to the handbag game, the better the brand’s collection gets. We’ve only seen a handful of accessories collections from DVF, but with bags like the Diane Von Furstenberg Harper Day Bag, Spring 2011 is set to be the best line yet.

Smaller, more ladylike bags have been in fashion for two or three seasons now, and the best ones are almost always made by brands who charge an arm and a leg. They require a great deal of precision and design confidence in order to execute correctly, which can sometimes be a problem for brands using less expensive materials or manufacturing processes. For DVF, this stuff doesn’t seem to be an issue.

If you can keep your purse contents to just the essentials, a tailored, diminutive shoulder bag like this is among the best ways to go from day to night without needing to switch bags. And with a purse this cute, you won’t want to. Normally I would prefer silver hardware for a design like this, but the gold chain with black insets and the broad, simple closure give the bag a nice retro feel. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $695.

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  • Kelly

    Love everything about it! The chain, the hardware, the sleek lines!

  • Kelly

    Love everything about it! The chain, the hardware, the sleek lines! (iPad)

  • Mochababe73

    I don’t really like it. To me, it’s too busy to be a ladylike bag. Something, the brass plate, chain strap, or tassel, should be taken off. I vote for the brass plate in the front.

  • Cindy

    It’s not for me. :P (ipad)

  • Joyce

    I think this bag has an identity crisis – the structure is feminine, the brass plate is in-your-face, and the tassel is kind of bohemian – it’s like the designers couldn’t figure out which one to pick, and so they threw it all on there together and called it a day. (ipad)

  • ShoppingIsMyHobby

    A nice alternative to a Marc Jacobs Single. (ipad)

  • Marianna

    There’s something about this bag that just doesn’t grab me. I do like the shoulder strap. (ipad)

  • Miriam

    It’s been done better by others (ipad)

  • ann

    not a fan of the tassle (ipad)

  • Chris

    I actually like the chain shoulder strap. However, the tassle does not add anything (good).
    If you take the tassle of (which is possible because it comes with a carabiner) then this is a handbag that you can wear to the office and afterwards to the bar/nice restaurant. (iPad)

  • Vitta

    Agree with Chris that the tassel needs to go. However, I like how the unique gold-tone accents offset the thick, textured, pebbled leather. The contrast really works, when you see it closely (zoom in). For the money, I think it is a good buy – practical, yet fancy enough for evening, too.

  • 19yearslater

    This fits right with the trend and for a much smaller price. Nice! (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    meh. (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    I could do without the tassle (ipad).

  • Limey

    very retro-feel (ipad)

  • Loquita

    LOVE this! I have been a bit disappointed with DVF’s handbags in general, but this design is stunning – I actively drool over the Celine Box Bag and the Hermes Constance (both of which are out of my price range at the moment), so I appreciate a similar aesthetic at such a great price point. While it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker for me, I agree that the tassel is not necessary…it reminds me of current Minkoff bags (not a positive association, at least from my perspective). Perhaps it is removable?

  • Bijou

    not my cup of tea (ipad)

  • jen

    love this bag! (ipad)

  • Karin bag4bag

    The tassel doesn’t seem to work with the square nature of the bag, but I like the different size circlets in the strap. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I’m with Bijou, not really a fan of this bag (ipad)