Hello! This is my first post since I am fairly new to the Purseblog and this forum. However, I have been reading heavily in the past couple of weeks. I must say that you all are very informative and knowledgeable. This forum has helped me greatly in my efforts to gain knowledge of Hermes and its Birkin bag. I would like to purchase a new Birkin for my wife for our first anniversary (it is coming up in roughly four months), and I have some things I would like to receive your opinions on since you are the experts! Should I purchase a Birkin from a reputable online seller or should I try my luck at finding a Birkin at my local Hermes (NYC - Madison) boutique? I understand that purchasing online is the safe way to go in order for me to guarantee that I have one before our anniversary. However, is there a decent chance that I may be able to pick one up directly from Hermes? Unfortunately, although my wife and I have purchased smaller items (ties, scarves, jewlery, etc.) several times in the past, we have worked with random S.A's. Therefore, we do not have a "relationship" with any one particular S.A. Regarding online purchasing, aside from the price difference, I would feel better and more confident about the product if I were to buy directly from the store. However, If I were to buy online, I am thinking of purchasing one from either Luxwear or Createurs de luxe due to their large selection. Please let me know if you recommend any others. One last question (I apologize for the length of this post and the numerous questions). What sizes, colors and leathers do you recommend for a first Birkin? My wife is in her late twenties, Asian, 5'5" and very petite (less than 95 pounds). Her style of dress is diverse from casual (jeans and t-shirt) to semi-formal (mink coat and skirt). Currently, I am leaning towards 35cm, bleu jean or vert anis, palladium hardware, in either togo or epsom leathers. I have thought about exotic leathers, but I have bought her bags of other brands in ostrich and croc. Also, this would be her first Birkin and I would like to save ostrich and croc Birkins for later occasions. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you all so much in advance for your help!