I don't remember the name for the finish, but it was love at first site; I call it "candy"-smoothe and a little shiney. I think the asymmetrical, adjustable carry straps are very attractive. I carry my knitting and sometimes small purse, too, in it. I like that it's lightweight and a great size for me (I'm 5'2"). Depth is perfect. We're driving cross country from coast to coast and it fits on the floor of our vehicle next to my legs. It doesn't collapse like a cloth tote bag; very cooperative! The outside wide zip pocket is convenient. Magnetic closure isn't very strong, but ok for my needs. I would be very happy if it lasts for my lifetime, but if it doesn't or I want another one, I'll buy it again. It's a classic style, so please continue making it!