I've always admired the collections showcased here, but was a bit intimidated as my own collection was quite tiny when I first fell in love with purses. It slowly grew over the years until I finally reached a point where I'm quite satisfied with what I currently own. Thank you all for letting me share my passion on tPF. It was my trip to Italy that sparked my love of leather and purses. I remember trying to bargain with a sales lady in the Florence market for my first real purse. I hardly wear her now, but I can't bear to part with her.