I ended up listening to all the rave reviews on here and bought this bag for my boyfriend for his bday but was too embarrassed to give it to him and ended up returning it. From the outside it looks okay and I actually don't mind the straps that others have complained about. It is a surprisingly large bag--I didn't pay attention to the measurements so my fault there, but my bf is not a huge guy so he'd probably look ridiculous lugging this around. It's more of a structured bag so the leather isn't necessarily soft and supple. Also, if you're planning to use it as a laptop bag just note that the main inside compartment is not padded, I didn't think I would care, but the inside is so large that your laptop would just be flopping around in there. The inside was kind of the final nail in the coffin for me--the inside material looks and feels really cheap and thin and has the "Amerileather" logo printed all over it which looks terrible. It sounds petty, but it doesn't look like a high quality item as a whole. Pretty disappointing. It's not a terrible bag for the right person but there are better quality leather bags on here in the about the same price range.
I bought this case using the Christmas bonus check from my employer. I am very happy with the quality. The zippers work smoothly and the leather is soft. Compartmentalized spaces provide excellent organization. The case will be exposed to mid-western winters and public transportation just as my previous Amerileather briefcase was - and it served me well for about 8 years of daily use. After a treatment of mink oil, I am now using this case daily and look forward to another 8 years of service.
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