Sometimes I am torn between buying LV that screams "LOUIS VUITTON!" (like the Multicolore and ever popular Monogram Canvas) and the more subdued lines (such as Damier and Epi). I picked up the notion from somewhere that people who can "really" afford LV or who "really" have class don't carry pieces that shout it out...and often don't know much about it as a whole. For example, I was buying lunch in Au Bon Pain and saw an older lady carrying a Damier Alma. I've been contemplating buying this bag for a while so when I saw her with it I got excited and said, "I love your Alma!" The lady looked at me and said, "My what?" I swear, time stood still. A part of me wanted to scream, "Your ALMA! Don't you even KNOW the NAME of the BAG you're carrying?!?" But the more sensible part of me answered, "Your pocketbook" and hightailed it to the cashier. This has happened to me once before. And while I don't remember the specifics of the first occurrence, I have to say (no prejudice here) that on both occasions, older white women were carrying the bags and seemed oblivious to the brand and style. (NOTE: I saw a black woman at a company event with a Belem MM a couple of weeks ago and wanted to ask her how she liked it since I sold off my PM because I thought it wasn't roomy enough, but she disappeared before I could approach her.) Sooo...my question is, do people with money (not counting celebrities who are often paid to wear certain brands and thus, know most labels) obsess over the innerworkings of a brand the way that we do here on the board? If you're REALLY rich, do you research the bags you want, memorize the styles in a collection and go into the boutique and request a bag by its catalog name? If you're rich, can you run down the official name of every piece you own or are carrying? Or do people who are really wealthy happen to be walking through Saks Fifth Avenue, see a bag they like that happens to be Louis Vuitton, and just buy it? Does this make sense? Your thoughts?