both hand carry (can't carry over shoulder), both on the large side (i love large bags!) i don't normally care about the longevity of a bag when i fall in love with one! when they are nice, they are nice. but this time, i thought, which could i carry forever without people pin-pointing exactly what season what year and how much.... i love them both, for now. and am greatly torn as there are several other bags i also want and i can only buy one!