I bought the bag with faux snakeskin trim. I needed a bag that was multipurpose- has to go from office to workout to around town. I was looking for a bag that was deep rather than long so it would sit upright in gym lockers. I value the tactile as well as the visual and this bag rates high in both- the fabric feels great and looks great. It isn't too plasticy or cheap. The straps are okay but not the best. I have come to expect straps to be silky and padded. These look good with the snakeskin trim. Strap feel can be a deal breaker for me and these are passable but if I had a super long commute and heavy contents I may not have been able to keep the bag. The bag has a lot of positives: as I said, I was looking for deep- this is deep...and wide enough to make the deepness useful. I like the zippered second compartment and kind of wish there was one on the other side of the bag. It has three interior pockets along one side that have no closures and one zippered mesh pocket on the other side. There are four exterior pockets, also uncloseable. I would be ecstatic enough to purchase an identical bag to have on hand when this one wears out IF those exterior pockets had zippers. I would buy two more bags if the straps were padded and it had more interior pockets...also with zippers. I'm happy with this bag, but I am only giving it 4 stars because the exterior pockets have limited use. If I can't feel secure about contents not falling out or have to worry about someone being able to easily slip something out unnoticed while on commute, then I can't put anything I need or value in them.
This bag IS beautiful and I feel professional when I walk into work with it, it is practical at the gym, and I feel it's stylish enough to take out to dinner on my way home.