Bummer for me too that S/S line isn't too exciting. I'm trying to find a bag in the quilted "oak" color that will work for me. I think the "belt tie" probably looked better on paper than in execution. The Bruna size is great, but dragging that belt around on the ground, or clanging against things doesn't seem like such a great idea. I also like bags that can stand up on their own too, and it was very telling that everything I picked up at Nordies started a "line of destruction" as the bags toppled over!! The SA said they were having such a problem getting the new MJ bags to "stay". If it existed, I could get VERY excited about a Blake in quilted Oak. The Mercer line is way too slouchy for me, so that's off the list. At Nordies they also had the Block quilted hobo. I thought it was exquisitely made, but couldn't quite think of where I'd use it. I think the Mina or pouchette would be lovely for evening.