I first bought this bag in Finland in 1996 and have used it almost daily since. A few years ago I noticed that it had faded (sun-bleached?) to a brown colour and, despite it looking pretty shabby, continued to use it every day. Finally, in the Fall of 2012, after years of very heavy loads and probably a weakening of the canvas after 16 years of service, the side of the bag started to split. I went to the FinnStyle website, and, despite the desire to be a little more adventurous, bought the exact same bag I purchased as a student 16 years earlier! The bag arrived a week later and I have fallen in love with it all over again. This is a great, simple, really useful bag that is the perfect size and can easily go from the classroom to work to dinner. Here's looking forward to another decade and a half of great style and fabulous function.