I love this bag and bought two in black, one Schwartz, one black snake. It is a sophisticated hobo style which holds its shape when filled. The plain black is a very smart workbag with strong comfortable tube-like handles which look great worn over the shoulder or in the crook of the arm and holds everything I need - umbrella, sizeable make-up bag, Kipling creativity purse, 50ml bottle water, mobile phone, MP3/IPod, A5 note book (one you actually write in) and bag of sweets (essential). These items could easily fit in the central zipped pocket. However, I use the deep outer pockets, which are secured with a press stud fastening, for stuff I want easy access to, for example my bus pass, umbrella and bottle of water. Also, the waterproof outer fabric means that it is ideal for the British inclement weather and waterproof lining is good for storing a damp umbrella until I get home. The black snake fabric is the bling version and has a nice shiny Kipling emblem.
I used to turn my nose up at non-leather bags until I saw the Kipling Jarita crossbody bag(no longer available, I think) on the Kipling website. Once I started using it, I grew to appreciate the organisation and key fob. The various sections and pockets, which are the key aspect of Kipling bags, ensures that I know where everything is and the key fob means no more fishing for my keys and the fabric cord is long enough for me to open my front door with the keys still on the fob. Since my first Kipling purchase several years ago, I've bought more Kipling bags. I've seen them on the Kiplnig website and a shopping channel but I generally buy from Amazon because Amazon offers the best price and a very efficient delivery service.