In a mid-price bag market that tends to be glutted with trend-conscious bags that hope to draw in young customers with questionable financial skills, finding something like the Longchamp Divine Cuir Tote can be an absolute revelation. It’s just…a tote. A black tote! A useful, neutral black tote!

When a design is as simple as this one is, it has to be made of great materials or it simple won’t work. Luckily, the leather that Longchamp chose is soft and touchable, but still structured enough to make this bag an option for a conservative office.

The only quibble that I have with this design is the logo medallion in the middle. I’m not a big fan of these tacked-on appendages on any bag, and on this one, it nearly ruins the visual simplicity. For the relatively reasonable price and the beautiful leather, though, I’m willing to forgive its presence. If anyone at Longchamp is reading this, though, stop it with those things. They look old-fashioned. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $535.

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