I was looking for a bag similar to one I had a while ago and looked at a lot of bags, read a lot of reviews before deciding on this one. This bag didn't disappoint. First impressions out of the box: stitching on corners of outside pocket reinforced, stitching all around is good. The tassels are a nice touch and have a good look and feel. I'm very happy with my purchase and can't wait to start using it.