After being on the fence about purchasing the bag, I finally made the decision and I love it. I initially thought it might be too bland looking or the construction of the cotton would be flimsy. I was very wrong. The waxed cotton is flexible but strong and the leather gives the bag shape in the most vital areas. The construction has a lot of thought put into it and is solid down to the zipper. Both detachable bags can easily carry a large smartphone and wallet. The main compartment of the duffel is spacious. For reference, I padded the inside with a queen-sized comforter and put my overweight beagle inside ( bag unshut, of course). She loves it and was content to lay down with her head peaking out on the side. The bag exudes an older charm from what I imagine to be 1930-1950s Paris. The bag is beautiful and I am pleased to have made the purchase after a long period of saving.