I think I have completely lost my mind... I have fallen head over heels in love with Bottega Veneta and over the past two weeks have bought not one, but TWO Montaignes - one in noce and the second in nero - both sight unseen (off eBay, which I know is a leap of faith, but I HAD to have them...) The noce arrived today and I am head over heels in love... I'm sitting here with it beside me and just pick it up and run my hands over the leather - and walk around carrying it throughout my apartment - every few minutes. I might take it with me to bed tonight... I can't wait until the nero arrives, either. What has come over me?! Two weeks ago I would have thought someone was insane for spending this much on a bag - the most I have probably ever spent before on a bag was about $200. Then I discovered Bottega Veneta. I don't think there is any going back now. I know from reading the posts here that the Montaigne isn't as universally loved as some other styles, but from the first time I saw a picture of one I knew it was the one for me... and now seeing it for real I know that is the case. I think it is shaped sort of like a beagle - maybe that is the attraction as we have three of them! And my DH is aiding and abetting me in my new obsession - he pointed out that the noce is just the same colour as our beagles' ears, and then with the nero coming all I need now is a white one to have a full tricolour beagle set! Meanwhile I have never had a bag in any colour other than black (I like to blend into the background as much as possible) but I'm seriously eyeing the red, pink and other beautiful colours of the Montaigne... I don't know where this is all going but I'm having a blast along the way!