When this style came out last year I was thrilled, then nobody seemed to really like it so I passed on it. When I saw it in anthracite, I thought I would like it so I got it. I REALLY love this style. I use the shoulder straps most of the time, so I won't really miss not having handles. I love the longer strap, the bag is flat when empty but not at all flat when full and it's very roomy. I like it so much I already have a white one on the way. The leather is great, a lot more distressed than I usually get, but on this bag and this color I love it. It is so hard to capture the color of anthracite but after about 50 pictures, these are very close.