OK now I realize that this bag is not as gorgeous as the Francine that was posted, but I've been kicking myself ever since I passed on this at my outlet last year when I wasnt that familiar w/the patent. I have this bag in both british tan leather and black leather, and I just won this one on eBay w/the matching wristlet for under $250 shipped. I know I paid $160 for each tote plus $40 for the wristlets, so I feel this was a fair deal. It will definitely fill my purple patent need cheaper, and I think this color is a little more subtle than the new patent, which is more to my liking. Plus I am a sucker for totes. I actually might even return the Heritage tote now that I have this - it will serve the same easy care purpose for me. We'll see!