The paddle is made mostly of 2 panels of leather that are stitched together very nicely. There was one small flaw in the stitching on mine but it was where it ended and doesn't seem to affect the paddle in any way. There is a thin metal stabilizer between the 2 pieces of leather that helps keep it somewhat rigid and give it a nice springy slap. It is leather so it is obviously not a vegan friendly paddle... BUT I'm totally ok with that! It smells wonderful, and feels wonderful and is easy to care for.
Care for leather is simple, one big rule NO WATER!! Ok since that's understood you really shouldn't need to do much for cleaning it other than wiping it down with a clean rag after use. Should you need to clean something off of it though I advise buying something made for leather. If by chance it does get wet be sure to thoroughly dry it before putting it away as leather tends to mildew easily. Storage for it is easy. It can be put in a drawer with your other paddles, floggers and such, or hung by the handy strap on the handle. This is what I do, I keep my paddles and floggers hanging on the door in my bedroom, to keep them easily accessible.