My one and only complaint on this bag are the magnetic snap buttons on the front and back. I don't know what it is about replicas and magnets and buttons but they are almost always dysfunctional. It is my biggest pet peeves on replicas. This one is so weak it doesn't snap at all and the button grooves are too shallow. So I have to live with the front and back hanging open which sucks because I love everything else about it. Take a look at the pictures and judge for yourself.
The bag came in a cream colored Burberry sleeper made of a very soft cotton fabric. It also came with cards and tags which I did not keep. I don't see the point in keeping fake cards and booklets, what would be the point?
Here is the front of the bag laid flat and shot from above. The bag can sit up on it's own but due to the snaps not working the front and back sort of flops outward which isn't a good look.
I love the soft muted colors of this bag. It is not the typical Burberry colors which are much brighter. This is sort of a smoky brown.
The hardware is a bright gold tone similar to 14k gold. There appears to be a coppery undertone to the gold ring on the left. This is only a trick of the lighting or perhaps reflection. I examined it carefully and the gold looks the same to me.
When I first received this bag the handles were not assembled. I had to put them on myself but it was very easy to do. This bag definitely looks better when in use. When you sit it down it kind of flops over due to the shape and because the snaps on the front and back don't work. In your hand or in the crook of your elbow it is a gorgeous eye candy!
The rings and leather handles feel sturdy. I have loaded this bag to the max and it does not appear to strain under the weight.
With the handles down the bag is shaped sort of like a bowling bag. The zippers start at almost the bottom of one side to the bottom of the other side so you can open as wide as needed.
The horse emblem on the front is securely affixed and the details are amazing!
Here is the back side of the bag laid flat.
The side profile isn't very attractive. It looks lumpy.
All zippers runs smoothly with no catching.
Top view of the bag. The magnetic snap buttons do not work so the front and back hangs open.
Here's a close up of the stitches. As you can see they match the leather perfectly so you won't have to worry about any crooked stitching :).
This main compartment of the bag opens with double zippers. The zipper pulls are big and engraved with "Burberry" on one side and the horse emblem on the other side. They are solid and substantial.
The engravings on both side of the zipper pull are perfectly aligned and centered. They are really tiny though so I could not get a clear picture of them. My camera doesn't do very good macro shots.
The buttons are not engraved but appear to be stamped. You can barely make out the lettering. And you can see that the grooves are too shallow. I think if it were deeper the snaps would have worked better even if the strength of the magnet were weak.
I have no idea what these letters and numbers mean but I seem to recall reading something about them a long time ago and that they had something to do with the serial # for Burberry? If anyone knows please enlighten me :).
The interior is lined in a textured cotton fabric that matches the overall colors of the bag.
Both zippers goes almost completely down the length of the bag on both sides.
It's hard to see but the leather tag here is engraved with "MADE IN ITALY" (all capital).
There is a large zip pocket on the other side with a leather tag for the Burberry Name and Logo.
The Burberry Name/Logo is not completely centered. There is slightly more space below and to the left. This doesn't bother me and who knows, maybe the authentic isn't either :). I'm not really a fan of Burberry so I've never bothered to look at the Authentic ones.
The zipper pull on the inside is also engraved with the logo on one side and Burberry on the other side. It's not quite as big as the zipper pull on the exterior though.
As I have not seen what the authentic bag looks like I cannot rate how it compares but based on material and workmanship I'd rate this bag a 8.5 on a scale of 1-10, I would have given it a 9.5 if not for the retarded non-functioning buttons :).