Perhaps by virtue of their intended market (young, casual, somewhat carefree), contemporary bags at achievable price points tend to be…slouchy. They match the people who the brands assume will buy the bags and use them in their personal time, but what about a young woman who has, you know, a job? Like a real job with an office? Or, what of a young woman who simply has a more classic and sophisticated personal style?

Well, that’s where the Rachel Zoe Nico Messenger Bag comes in. The $525 price tag isn’t low, objectively, but it is a fair price level for a structure, neutral, professional-looking leather bag that nearly anyone would be well-advised to take to a job interview. Not bad, Ms. Zoe.

The nice thing about this bag, of course, is that in addition to its ladylike top handle, the removable crossbody strap lets it be a little more casual on weekends or a little more functional when you have other things to carry. The light interior lining will make things easy to find once they’re inside, and the very modern hardware keep it from looking like a bag your mom carried when she was your age. In short, if you need a new work bag right now and you have a medium-sized budget, this bag would make a great pick no matter your age. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $525.

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  • Amy

    This bag is very cute. Definitely a style I love right now.

  • Marie Martell

    Love the bag and yes it’s a good price.

  • Deedee

    Ehhhhhh, it looks a lot like the Edie bag by J. Crew. And that’s a lot cheaper. Not too impressed. 

  • Pinkfeet

    I have yet to see anything from Zoe’s handbags that wasn’t overpriced for inspired pieces. Haven’t seen anything — creative from her. It’s always ” kinda looks like ____ bag” but a tad different. And nothing totally different and awesome in a way I would buy her stuff. 

    I can go to Melie Bianco and get something just as good or even better for much much much cheaper.