It just goes to show you that good things can come out of bad... After reading a page of the 'Coach Haters' thread, which is always a bit like a car wreck (you don't want to look but can't seem to help yourself), I came across ImASadGiraffe's quote about Coach fitting her lifestyle, and I thought she hit on something pretty big--what is it about our lifestyles that makes Coach appealing? For me, I've always loved their quality leather and that they make gorgeous bags that don't require a mortgage payment to pay for! I also love that, while they are high quality bags, they can take a bit of a beating and can handle my life with little kids. I can be dressed up without feeling too over the top. I have different styles for different situations, and they all work. I could spend more on other handbags but I choose not to do so. I have some other brands (and must confess a recent love affair with Belen Echandia but that's another story) but Coach remains the style I carry most often. Have you noticed how down to earth Coach people are? How friendly the SAs are? I think this is all part of the same 'inclusive vs. exclusive' philosophy. Coach women come from all walks of life and hold about every job imaginable from doctors and lawyers to pilots, servicewomen, businesswomen, educators, computer programmers and engineers. I think that's why I like Coach styles. They fit real life and are carried by some of the most genuine and amazing ladies I know.