I bought this tote to begin graduate school and am very pleased so far. I was surprised when I received it that it is not all leather. The front, sides and straps are leather, but the back and bottom are a synthetic material. It bothered me at first, because it is not obvious from the description, but it doesn't bother me anymore. The material side is a pocket that zips open at the bottom to become an attachment that slides over the handle of a rolling suitcase. It works quite well. Inside, there is a padded place for a laptop with a velcro strap to hold it in place. There is room for a few books and notebooks, as well as large size pockets for your phone, iPod, and wallet. There's another large zipped pocket for beauty or office supplies. There are two side loops for pens which work well to hold the pens in place. I like that the interior is built to with a cleanable synthetic fabric with lots of pockets - it's not just a big open space. It holds a lot. I spilt some lunch inside the other day and was able to clean it up easily. The purse looks very nice and I've received compliments. The leather is soft, the straps are comfortable and fall completely to the sides when "at rest" because they are hinged. I'm able to fit this purse in my bike panniers and ride to school. It's good for carrying a lot, but is most comfortable to walk with if it's not stuffed to the gills. Once I've got all my notebooks, computer, umbrella, wallet etc. in there, it gets pretty heavy and the straps aren't as comfortable (as say a backpack). Ladylike, functional, good quality, well-built. Overall very happy. Would feel comfortable taking this to an interview, it looks so nice.
This is a roomy tote with lots of pockets to help you get organized. I had been looking for a leather tote that had outside pockets so the design was what I wanted. I know the price is very reasonable but I had hoped the quality would be better than it turned out to be. If I could have found a more expensive tote that was the size I wanted with the design features I needed I would have purchased it. The leather looks like a synthetic material. The appearances isn't as much an issue with me as durability and I don't think it will it lasts as long as a higher- quality leather bag with a better lining. I use the tote everyday. It gets a lot of wear and tear so I suspect I will be purchasing another tote within 4-5 months.
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