I asked the seller for a black binder, but with bronze-colored binder clasps and zipper from their brown version of the product, and they were very helpful and prompt in responses. It is just what I ordered, and I am very pleased with the quality of the clasp I substituted. I asked them to add initials on the inner flap and they look great-- the engraving is very neat and looks like laser cut-outs. The leather is nice quality and thick. Since this has no hard insert, the parts where there is only one layer of leather are a little floppy, but elsewhere pretty sturdy. The front, particularly, has 4 layers of leather and very sturdy. It came freshly oiled/finished, so expect whatever first & last paper you insert to be a little greasy. It also came very nicely packaged.