This tote is thick, yet supple smooth leather. More a matte, rather than shiny. Have used all summer, fully loaded with laptop, wallet, ipod, chargers, glasses etc. It's not bulky, has nice long straps, that are padded and round, they stay put on your shoulder, or are very comfortable carrying by hand. Although if you're too short, carrying by hand, vs shoulder, could cause some ground scape.
The interior case for laptop is well padded, and roomy enough so that the laptop slides in easily, it also has a wide velcro tab that secures it.
It has a smooth zipper, with enough of a flange to be able to zip closed no matter how full it gets. The interior side pockets also zip close so it's easy to find stuff. Room for note bookes, laptop and assorted stuff for a full day.
Very classy, timeless, nothing to go out of style.