Okay I'm new to the forum .... have to admit I have been a lurker for awhile .... I spotted the Moni Moni brand about a year ago and have craved one ever since. I just purchased one on sale from a what I believe to be a reputable online store (per postings I've read here) ... I know there have been some complaints about the inconsistency in the quality of the Moni Moni brand .... well, I ordered the Moni Moni Shopper Tote in Carmel on sale (no refunds ... oh boy, did I make a mistake?) ... received it the other day ... it smells horrible! I'm hoping that the smell dispates ... I'm hanging it right now. There is a small spot on the front zipper were the stitching got missed .. I could live with it because I like the vintage look. My real question is I'm not sure it's an authentic Moni Moni and I don't know how to determine if it is ... I did see a post here with pics of a plum colored moni moni that someone bought and the inside label indicating it was made by Moni Moni was made out of metal. The inside tag of my bag is stitched leather imprinted with "Moni Moni By Cinzia Moniaci Made in Italy" ... so does anyone know? If it's a fake, I tempted to try and return the bag to the online store (even though it was a final sale) and/or disputing the charge on my visa. Anyone know? thanks for your help.