I have been a long time TPFer and for almost all of it, I have been convinced I was a 'Hermes gal'. However, the truth is that a Birkin is a heck of a wait and I have multiple sclerosis which makes heavy bags, even beautiful ones, hard to manage. A while ago, I heard about the 'ultimate soft' and was curious, a bit later I saw it IRL and was smitten! I have just received my medium ultimate soft in black and am awaiting a lilac version and I am beyond happy! I cannot describe the perfectness of this bag - I maybe shouldn't try, but is is a terminal case of . Thank you all for the help you've given this lurker in admitting a beautiful Birkin isn't so beautiful for a woman with a degenerative neurological condition because she struggles with it all the time and allowing me to feel superchic even in my most neurologically challenged moments!