It is most definitely a copy-silver hardware and painted rather than dyed leather, but the exact dark tan colour in the pic. It is light, the leather is good if a little thin, but it is lined and sturdy. The size is perfect- can easily fit an A4 folder and other work bits inside, there's mobile phone pockets, the strap is just the right length and very comfy (it also comes with a detachable shoulder strap shown in the pic of the model wearing it), and everything is securely attached.
Overall, I'd say it was high street quality and definitely worth the money. If I'd paid more I'd still be pleased. I have a couple of Jaeger bags and I'd say it was on a par with them for quality.
Couple of questions ... Does the short handle easily fit over a coat? Is the handle long enough to only use one arm to put it onto your shoulder (does that make sense)? Is there a pocket on the outside for tube tickets? Is there one shoulder strap or two? Can you get your hand into the bag whilst its on your shoulder?
This is my work bag, so size is perfect for me, Arisbottle. It has taken me a while to find one big enough
50p- you wear your bag like me!
I shall be throwing the detachable strap away- it's really only to make it into a cross-body bag. The (one) handle fits over one shoulder with room to spare even with a coat on and you can put it on one handed. It has a front flap pocket which you can access with the hand of the arm/shoulder carrying the bag (hope that makes sense)