I bought this style of purse over 5 years ago in its native italy, and although i don't carry it everyday it is still one of my favorite purses! Many people mistake it for a LV, and are always surprised when i tell them it's not. i am not a fashion maven by a long shot, but i do appreciate a sophisticated, yet functional purse. what attracted me to this purse was its understated, classic styling and low-key branding. it is also unique. i see those obnoxious coach purses, with their giant C's, all over the place, but i have yet to come across someone sporting a rioni ;) as one reviewer stated, that light leather will indeed deepen over time. mine is now a rich, caramel brown. every stitch is still in place. it is indeed roomy in the main compartment; it holds it shape well without being too boxy and stiff. this sturdy bag has been with me on at least four big trips, one trans-atlantic voyage, and numerous weekend jaunts. it goes with everything and goes everywhere! even though i did not purchase it specifically from this site, i saw it and had to stop by and leave my thoughts! when was the last time you loved a purse that much, lol?