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Great desk set; really adds a formal charm to the desk. The material is bonded leather ( so not actual leather pieces but reconstituted leather). So while it does feel like actual leather, it lacks the original leather imperfections and character. For the price though, this is a great desk set and can make a great gift. The writing surface of the mat is really well done; it is smooth with no bubbles or bumps and has just the right give so one can put a sheet of paper directly on the mat and write without the page tearing or the writing passing on to the other side of the paper. The vendor screwed up the delivery so I got a black pen-stand with the brown set, but they were quick to respond via email and replace the incorrect item.
Nice quality. The only problem was the letter holder was back ordered so it arrived later and I could tell they rushed it because it had a bad odor like they didn't let it dry long enough. It was so bad I had to put it out in the garage for a week or more because the odor permeated the room so badly.
So I ordered this desk set for my son-in-law for Christmas. It is leather and I wanted leather. It is not super high quality leather, as it is bonded, but trust me, I searched everywhere, and it is pretty darn good for the price level. I do not know how well it will hold up yet as he hasn't even had the chance to put it on his desk yet. First order I received, and was the one I gave him on Christmas, had a black tray. I ordered the brown set. Returned it. Second order I received, had an area that the leather was gouged and some other imperfections. Returned it. One of the 2 returns was missing for a while during shipping and then after arriving to it's destination, was never updating my Amazon account with the correct status nor giving me a refund. One call and Amazon fixed it, but still a pain as I still don't have a desk set to give. This is where I did lots of research and decided to give Dacasso another try since it was exactly what I wanted and at the best price. Third set arrived, it's now February. The corner of the blotter is crushed a bit. It's not terrible but not great. I went straight to Dacasso, rather than Amazon and am now in the process of getting that replaced. So, has been a pain but there truly isn't anything better out there and I believe I will get what I want in the end.
I purchased this set for my husbands office. I love the look and soft feel of the leather. It's is perfect for a stately-looking office. The only disappointment was that the desk pad came with a very noticeable dent on the bottom. Drives me crazy when I look at it. But it's my fault for not wanting to go through the long return process.