I have never really noticed MK until recently; while walking through Macy's, the Sloan shoulder bag caught my eye. I've have been obsessed with this bag since and looking at a few other MK styles. The Hamilton and a zippy long wallet are to be my next MK purchases. While I find a great selection of MK in my city, I also live near an Outlet amd I thought I'd give it shot before I purchased at the department store. I went yesterday and to be honest, the outlet version of the Hamilton didn't dazzle me like the one at the department store. I don't know if it was the hardware, or what. The outlet did carry a lot of colors, which I didn't see at the department store, plus they had a TON of wallets, including the aqua zippy which I am obsessing over. But I'm left wondering - Are all the items at the Outlet/Factory made for factory? Are factory Hamilton made different materials as the department store bag? I know they are leather, but it just didn't appear or feel as lush. I was under the impression the difference was only in the hardware. Yet I wasn't blown away by the bags as I thought I would be....I drooled buckets over the aqua Hamilton at the department store... Please give insight to this newbie lover of MK!