I'm just back from a trip to New York. Most of the year, I see bags only on line. (As I live in the tropics.) This was my chance to visit Barney's, Saks, Neiman's, etc. and see bags IN REAL LIFE. Ladies: I was generally disappointed. All the bags I thought I loved, when I saw IRL -- I could do without. The Gryson Olivia was too heavy and lumpy looking, the Lanvin Kansas was puffy and overpriced, the Celine Bittersweet looked like an amoeba...etc. etc. etc. And I'm sorry to say, this whole BIG handbag thing is out of hand. It now looks like women's enslavement to me. Gorgeous ladies, trudging with their enormous suitcase-sized handbags on Madison and Fifth Avenues... While the men stroll easily, unencumbered. Don't get me wrong, I adore handbags and don't want to be a guy, carrying just a wallet in my back pocket...but I just think it is...unpleasant, all this back breaking bigness. On a happier note: I bought two handbags I didn't think I'd be buying. I bumped into a Gerard Darel black 24-Heures also known as the Drape bag on sale for $199 and snatched it up. And, I bought the Hogan Distressed Tab Hobo (the one Sarah Jessica was photographed with) at the pre-designer sale at Neiman's. A kind SA is holding and mailing it to me here in the tropics. So, just wanted to share with you these impressions of my trip to New York. The Purse Forum has turned me into the most discerning shopper! Lesson learned: in real life is the key when shopping for handbags.