I have been looking for a decent briefcase for a while and short listed examples from a couple of the online leather briefcase shops, particularly some nice handmade Italian ones. Chapman also makes some very nice canvas bags. Ultimately I choose the Barbour bag as it is less formal in appearance, more durable and is more practical, both in terms of the more versatile compartments but also it is a comfortable shoulder bag of a manageable size. Barbour quality is excellent and the grained brown leather looks great. I am not a 100% fan of the quick release buckles, if only because I worry about losing one, but in reality they are entirely practical for real world use. I would prefer if the base of the bag was slightly stiffer, but this is very minor point. The purchase came from Country Attire Ltd who I have never used before and used their free post option. I ordered the item at lunchtime and it arrived at 3.00pm the following day and was well packaged and in perfect condition. I cannot fault this service. Overall the high price is quickly forgotten as this is a very satisfying bag to own and use.