I had bought the pond satchel at PCE, but the color and style just were not right together. I exchanged it for the black and I just LOVE it!! It smells SOOOOOOO good and is so soft and rich. It holds quite a bit but not as much as Mandy holds - I really needed something that was of adequate size in black. I have a few smaller black bags - even my leather Carly doesn't hold quite enough for an average day. I love the buckles on this bag rather than the 2007 version which has turnlocks - I already have turnlocks on my Mandy and Legacy Tote, plus I am worried they will break off like many have. As you can see from the pics, this can easily fit on my shoulder as well, but I find I usually grab my bags and hang them from the crook of my arm anyway, so the satchel style works great for me since the straps aren't too long. Also, that helps out my back. Please enjoy my new bag with me!