Let me start out by saying I have rarely been so entertained by a handbag. I took it out of the box, removed it from it's plastic bag, and the fun began. I could not figure out how to open it. I messed around with it for a good half hour before I got it open, totally by accident. Then when I latched it, I couldn't figure out how to get it open again. I have affectionately dubbed it the Fort Knox. I'm not sure why a large handbag with nothing to keep it closed but a strap needs to lock. What am I going to put inside this thing that someone can't reach in and take out? My dog? I think the locking mechanism is foolish so that is a strike against it for me, but it is really pretty, very roomy, and very solid. I did take away a star for two reasons - the goofy lock and the fact that if it falls over, in spite of the fact that it is more secure than a bank vault, all my stuff is going to fall right out of it. But other than that, I really like it a lot and I would recommend it to all my friends. If for no other reason than the delight in watching them figure out how to get it open!