I'm very pleased with this bag, even though it's the most I've ever paid for a purse by at least double. First, the cons (very few): <>The interior zipper pocket could and should be deeper. This is a common problem with purses, and I can forgive it. <>The bag's main zipper falls a good bit short of the left edge of the bag, leaving about an inch (if the buckle is cinched tight) to 2 inches (if the buckle is undone) open even when the bag is fully zipped. <>A lighter-colored lining (preferably in a print) would have been nice, though the brown logo fabric is high quality. <>While the front logo notes "Mada Italia," the black tag inside the bag says "Made in China." Contradictory much? Next, the pros: <>Sized and designed just right for a work bag. The large front and back pockets hold my black 'n' red journal and a paperback book (and stay neatly closed with hidden magnets). The main compartment holds my 9" wristlet wallet and 3 small cosmetic bags I use to organize my medium-size items. The zipper pocket holds various small necessities. One slip pocket is perfect for my iPhone 5S, and the other roomy enough for my keys, and maybe a pair of shades, too. <>The strap drop is perfect for comfortable carrying. I'm 5'7", and, when shouldered, the bag tucks neatly behind my elbow, with the top edge resting about 1/3" of the way up between elbow and shoulder. (This would not make a good everyday bag for a petite woman.) <>Neat shape -- when moderately filled, the bag stands stably on its own and maintains its original shape. No bulging or sagging. <>Lots of understated details that say "quality." The colors bring to mind LV, yet this is clearly no imitation bag. The buckles, logo, zipper pulls, and leather piping and trim strike just the right note of non-fussy luxury. No apparent flaws in stitching. Someone in Italy or China or maybe both knows how to put together a great bag. <>Lastly, I want to clarify that this bag is NOT what I consider "canvas," although every item description I could find (even at Rioni's own website) calls it a canvas bag. After carefully examining all the photos I could find on the web and seeing what looked like a quality imitation leather, I placed my order. Only after it was too late did I notice the word "canvas" in the item description. I was very worried and fully prepared to immediately return the bag if it turned out to be canvas. But it definitely is not. At least not unless there is a type of canvas that is a high-quality imitation leather.
I bought this bag for my daughter to carry papers and files. The size is perfect for this task, and the leather is heavy grained but not stiff, its soft. The reason it gets 4 stars from me instead of 5 is that the raw edges along the side of the avocado bag are a lime green and detract from the overall look. If I got this bag again, I would get it in black...
This tote is so great. It is all leather and has these really cool braided leather ropes decorating the edges. My favorite part is the leather tassels with metal deco ends on each side of the bag. It's also roomier than it looks. You can carry a little and zip it closed, or fill it up. My sister saw it and loved it so I got her one, too!
I love this bag! The quality in craftmanship and unique style really gives it that extra edge! You can carry as a bag, cross body or as a tote,it is extremely versatile. The size is great for a day of shopping, laptop case or for using as a carry-on. This bag was an incredible buy! I will enjoy it for a very long time!
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