The sun is down and these are taken with flash but the color is pretty accurate - a rich, rugged, distressed (caviar leather) dark brown. I am surprised at how positively thick the leather is. The bag arrived brand spankin' new in the box but even still, the leather had some marks I didn't like (along the bottom corners that aren't diamond stitched) which Appleguard completely removed. I have tested the areas with my fingernail and the leather didn't mark again, so the scratches were inherent in the distressing process Chanel used. It is not smooth leather; therefore, the caviar texture should keep superficial scratching to a minimum, if at all. As mentioned in other threads, the bag is a bit heavy but I like the feeling of carrying a really strong, durable handbag. It is boxy under the arm but no worse than the "loaf of bread" luxury bowler. This is my style and I'm sticking to it! Please excuse my bedroom furniture. I vowed that while I am still renting an apartment, I will not spend money on such "luxuries"! Besides, when you have cats, they tend to "lead with their claws" and nothing ever stays pretty for long (Hence the lack of a bed quilt which they ruined!). Edited to add that there are two slide pockets on the outside front and back of the bag which run the length and are deep like the Paddington. Inside is a zipper pocket, a cell pocket and one additional slide pocket.