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.

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