As I was picking up my bag and on the way out the door, I had to come back and post...lol....the board is as addicitive as bags.....I have been meaning to ask: When you carry your birkin, do you close it everytime....or do you leave it open? I leave mine open with the flap tucked up against the back. It drives DH crazy for some reason. First he asked, aren't you going to ruin the flap? When I assured him it was fine, he then said....well then why don't you just get a tote? I just find it so much easier to get in and out of this way. What about you ladies?