SIGH....I have both of these bags sitting in my office right now, the MJ Faridah in Chalk and the Large Botkier Sophie Tote. The Large Sophie Tote ($695, but $555 with code) has a much better grade of leather...super soft and very classy, is roomier and a bit more elegant. The MJ Faridah ($400) has rough leather, a bit more on the casual side, a bit heavier, and kinda looks soccer mom-ish. On one hand, people will definitely recognize the brand MJ, while Botkier is a bit more obscure. I tend to be more of an obscure person, but I'm falling rapidly in love with the MJ. Help me think this through!!!