As a few of you know I have been looking for a new bag. I'm not beholden to any one designer and the Choo bags have just stuck in my mind since I saw Mrs. Ari carrying one. So today I drove down to Chicago for the NM Oliver Peoples Trunk Show (I bought 2 pair, 3 Hermes scarves, and another Prada belt - like I really need one of those). The JC boutique is just a short walk down Michigan Avenue to the Uber Chic Oak Street. Casey was wonderful, helpful, honest, and couldn't be nicer if she tried. I told her I probably wouldn't buy a bag today but I really needed to get my bearings and see everything so that I would know what my options were. That way they can spin around in my head until I come with the bag I need/want! Here are my thoughts. First of all, What is going on with JC bags? Are they the IT bag of the season? They seem to be sold out in many colors and styles. As much as I like the patent colors of the bags I'm not a patent girl. Although I think I might like a patent clutch. The Riki is my favorite with the Alex a close second. That Riki in red is TDF and I can't stop thinking about it. Perfect size. Perfect color. Wear it anytime, anywhere, a realy GOTO bag. LOVE IT!! The Alex bag really surprised me and everyone on this forum should go see that bag and try it on IRL. It can be morphed into many different bags and for the money you can't go wrong ($2175). From shoulder bag, to Noe, to handheld, to expanded. It was unbelievable how many looks you could get out of this bag. It has a gold "spine" that helps keep it shape. It comes in black and brown suede. Suede is not an option for me but if you want a versatile black bag then look no further - this is it baby! I liked the Ramona bag. It comes in Black distressed, Red glazed and Black glazed. Great color options but I wish it came in brown. I'd rather get the Riki in red or the Alex in black. It is a big bag and I just think I would prefer the Riki. The Mahala is a workhorse bag. If I bought one I would work that bag for a long time. Fits my casual lifestyle perfectly. Comes in Plum patent, Blue leather, also came in Brown but sold out. From reading this forum many people have commented on the width of the bag. I think the patent won't give as much as the leather but Casey let me try on her brown bag she has had forever and believe me it does give. It is beautiful leather and you can throw that baby around and I don't think it would know the difference. What truly amazed me about the Choo bags is that they are much lighter than I thought they would be. I had my Chanel Modern Chain E/W tote with me and it weighs about twice as much as a Choo. I think they are also lighter than MJacobs bags - which are always deceptively heavy. I had my heart set on getting a brown bag again this season, but alas that is not going to happen. Maybe I'm not meant for a brown bag b/c all the brown Choos didn't work for me. Either sold out or suede. I saw a fabulous Mave blue clutch in the catalog, but sold out again - WTF? If anyone sees one anywhere please LMK. I will give you a finder's fee!! So right now I am waiting to see a Blue Mahala when they come in. But as I sit here I'm lusting the Riki and have my heart set on some type of clutch: Mave, Marin, Thelma, Troy. Oh, and wait, that Alex bag keeps popping into my head as well!