I'm delighted to be the first reviewer of this bag. It arrived today -- shipping was a little on the slow side but I've gotten used to 2-day prime Amazon shipping, so I'm spoiled when it comes to ship time. I'm thrilled with this bag. It looks and feels like a very high-end leather bag. I'm not big on having designer/manufacturer logos stamped on the things I wear/carry, but it doesn't bother me in this case -- the logo is nicely done and fits well into the design of the bag. I personally hate white stitching on most black bags & footwear. The stitching on this is beautifully done and blissfully in black. And I love the addition of the braided, very attractive handle -- it really adds to the lovely design of the bag. The hardware is also gorgeous. I now live in western NC but was born, bred & lived in NYC for the first 30 years of my life. I'm very much into security when it comes to purses. I was looking for a purse/messenger bag that wasn't huge but was big enough to fit my iPad in a leather case, but I wanted a bag with what I considered sufficient security -- e.g., simple flap-top doesn't fit my bill. This bag does it. It closes with a zip-top, flap that goes over it that's secured by a twist-lock and two magnetized snaps. All were well-made and easily operated. Also on the security end, I'm in a wheelchair and this bag also had to be cross-body. My current black purse that fits my iPad has shorter straps & can't be used as a cross-body. Im in that chair due to MS, which is also associated with lots of fatigue. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I need a bag that is, essentially, attached to me -- one that I cant drop or that cant be easily grabbed out of my lap when I conk out. This bag fits that bill. I'm 5' 10" tall. Also thanks to being in a w/c & getting little exercise, Im a relatively big woman and this cross-body works for me very comfortably with lots of strap to spare. The hardware that attaches it is very attractive, again looking like a higher-end bag. Organization with room to fit all my stuff was also on my wish list for this bag I was looking for. (Ya think Santa says shakes his head & wipes his brow when he sees my list at Christmas? LOL) I found it in this bag. The interior is also well-designed, well-made and has ample organization. My iPad in its leather case and one other slim book fit easily in one section. My checkbook-containing (stuffed) wallet fit in another section, although that fit was a little tight, but it fits. My iPhone in a case fit perfectly in what I assume is a cellphone pocket. I then gulped and decided to try and add my 4.25 x 7 x 1 inch planner/address book in the section with the iPad & to the bag that, admittedly, was already looking a little filled to capacity. Much to my surprise, it fit without the bag looking like its overstuffed! The zipped pocket on the back of the bag easily fit the little things I grab for frequently -- chapstick, pens, and other small items. Another interior zipped pocket would do the same. Now, I wont lie -- putting all of that in the bag makes for a snug fit, but fit it does. I can close the zipper without a problem and the bag truly doesnt look overstuffed. One last little note. The packaging for shipping was also very nicely done and very attractive. It came in an extremely urgent UPS 1st/2nd day air box. I thought it was a Christmas present. When I opened the box, there was something within a fabric bag and I was sure at that point it was a gift -- I didnt think Id ordered anything that fit that particular bill. I was delighted to see that it was my new messenger bag and that even the shipping was like a high-end bag! So, as you can see, if youre in the market for all of the things I was, you may have found your bag. I looked for a looooooong time before deciding on this bag and it was worth the wait. This reviewer is picky, picky, picky and I couldnt be happier with my choice here. Santa's off the hook! So what if I'm my own Santa sometimes -- I got exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend this "briefcase messenger bag."
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exact (I got black -- hard to mess that one up)
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. First-rate, looks like a very expensive bag