The leather smells like it should, and I enjoy that every day. I was initially expecting that this bag would have fewer pockets to separate my accessories by function than my old bag, but surprisingly it has just as many! I do think that working buckles can be a pain, but it would be a design crime to use any other type of closure on this traditional-style bag. I am also gratified every time I set this bag down and it does NOT immediately keel over, like my former nylon bag did for years. I do miss the non-zippered, non-buckled external slash pocket on my old bag that I could keep my business card wallet in... perhaps the nice artisan could offer one in a future design.