I bought this bag because I wanted a strong, long lasting tote to carry schoolbooks, my lunch/dinner, clothes etc. I spent a few weeks comparing it to other bags on overstock, amazon, ebay, macys.com-any store I could think of. I initially wanted the light brown color but since it was unavailable, i bought it in black. I'm happy with my decision. My requirements were: thick straps (because my bags get very heavy), a full zip closure (I travel by subway), an external side pocket (for easy access to keys, phone, etc.) and hopefully a divider and some pockets inside. This bag has that all and more. In addition to the top zipper, it has a strap that crosses the opening to close on the other side (for added security or in case there is too much in the bag to zip closed). It has a internal middle divider that goes half way up height of the bag (although I would prefer if it was higher) that is a big zip-closure pocket. One internal wall has a smaller zip pocket and the other has two open pockets. It definitely holds a lot! The best part (that I didn't realize before I bought it) is that the outside bottom corners can be latched near the top opening of the bag to transform it from a classic tote into a stylish slouchy bag (that still holds a ton)!! I like the versatility, storage, color, and style. I'll be able to use it for years!!