I have been stalking this bag for a while, I actually purchased the smaller version on cyber Monday and for me it was just too small, so I re-ordered the medium and its true love. The leather is very soft and will admit scratches easily however I feel like this style is so classic I will have her forever and will love the way the leather ages. The color is actually slightly darker in person. I am tempted to get another color...anyways my new addition!!