I am so pleased to announce that I have added a masterpiece to my LV collectionthe Mirage Speedy. I was drawn to this bag when I started seeing the photos of it here in the forumthank you for posting them! Then, much to my surprise, I learned that Marc Jacobs drew his inspiration for the Mirages design from one of my favorite artists, Johannes Vermeer. For those that love art, you may enjoy my commentary about the parallels between Vermeer and the Mirage, here goes. Owning a Mirage you know that the mirage effect is all about light. If you are a Vermeer aficionado than you know that Vermeer is know as the Dutch Master of Light. Vermeers paintings encompass compelling optical qualities that heighten their color intensitylike the Mirage. Vermeer exploited the behavior of light, intentionally reproducing its effects through the optical effects of the camera obscura (the source of Vermeers styleit is said when Vermeer painted he looked at his subjects through a camera like cube camera obscura to work with light). Vermeer depicted reality as it is seen, not as it is. This I think is the most compelling parallel between Vermeer and Marcs Mirage. For those of you that own Mirage, notice how when you are in normal lighting you do not see the reality of the Mirage effect; however, the effect is seen vividly when the Mirage is photographed. Marc is genius! Vermeer would be proud! Moreover, if you ever treat yourself to viewing a Vermeer you will understand how his paintings mesmerize your eyejust like the Mirage. And, just like Vermeer, an artist I consider to be a limited edition given that he has only 35 paintings attributed to him, the Mirage, too is a Limited Edition. Allow me to present the reality of my Mirage: Modeling (sorry my girlfriends hands werent steady!): Oh, and this morning I could swear, my Mirage had a big grin on her face when she went on her first outing. Maybe it was all in my head?!