I'm so mad!!! My luxe bowler strap broke after just 5 months of use!!!!! I don't know how it happened, I was almost home, slingling the bag on my shoulder when I felt one strap crumble on me. I checked the strap and realised it had broken at the end - a short strap of leather was hanging out of the ring, and it looked like a clean break - as though the leather holding the straps up inside gave way or something. DH said it looked like the GLUE gave way inside. Is it something I did - do I abuse my bowler too much? I lug my LV koala wallet, cles, agenda, phone, chanel sunnies, very light makeup pouch (with only powder, lipgloss and a concealer stick in there) and a LV wapity with hardly anything in it, and an ipod ard. And I don't even use it everyday! Is it just a defective piece, or is that generally to be expected of chanel bags?? They're so expensive - they shdn't be giving way after less than half a year of use, should they??!!