A few weeks ago, I was in the Paris flagship store with friends, one of whom was determined to add to her Birkin collection. While there, I ran into the saleperson who helped with my Massai purchase the previous year. He was gracious and asked how he could help me. Before long, I found myself (quite unexpectedly) placing an order for a 30 cm Birkin in Black Epsom calfskin. I'm thrilled and panicked at the same time. It's a maaaajor purchase and I don't want to regret it. Does the 30 cm carry well from day to evening? Will the Epsom leather give it a polished look? I want a classic modern look, not too casual or too formal. Is the 30 cm instantly recognizable as an Hermes Birkin? I want to be a little under the radar and not judged by my bag by friends, colleagues - I just want a beautifully designed and crafted handbag that I'll enjoy for years to come. Would love to hear from your experiences. Thanks!