I was overall very pleased with the quality of this ottoman. The leather is smooth, thick and durable but does not have that buttery soft texture of some leathers. The hinged top is very nice quality with a small compartent for storing magazines, remotes etc. but not big enough for a throw blanket. The color isn't what I would call espresso brown though...it really borders more on black. I have shopped around for ottomans and for the money this is an excellent value.