The item was exactly as pictured. The leather is really thick, and starts out a very deep brown that turns light tan when bent or flexed. It'll pick up a beautiful patina and wear marks through use. The stitching is perfect, even and straight. Even though FedEx indicated a delay in shipping, the craftsperson got it sent so quickly, it still arrived a few days earlier than Etsy estimated. Great product, great service, great experience. Couldn't be happier, and I'll definitely order from this craftsperson again!