"I got this bag in the beautiful eggplant purrple color (true to the picture!) for Christmas and I've been using it for school ever since. It will not house a binder, but holds 4-5 five star notebooks in the larger pocket. A word of warning--you have to be careful with the smaller pocket. Because the bag is so rigid, if you stuff the smaller pocket too full, stuff will shimmy up and fall out of the top. I wear the strap across my body; it's not by any means uncomfortable and it's fully adjustable. The only minor downside (which I was expecting) is that you can't access this bag very well while you're walking. To get inside it, you have to unbuckle the straps and open it. No magnet closures here! I've begun to notice the leather on the straps on the front starting to crack, but doesn't look like the purple color will fleck off which is a relief. All in all, this is a gorgeous, timeless piece!"