I have started to work out of an office again for 3 days a week and find myself shlepping my laptop incl cables, some paperwork plus the normal gadgets a lady carries.... I am now *convinced* I need a Birkin/HAC. Birkin either 35 or better 40 (I am 5'11" so I can pull that off and I am really STRONG), HAC 36 (I am still in love with the HAC 32 but she will have to wait). So far so good. I know I will get the bag I want, in time. Aiming at spring 2007. No problems there. The only thing that I am worried about is that I will ruin the bag if I put pounds and pounds of stuff in it. I am worried that I will stretch the handles, stretch the body of the bag. Hence my question: which leathers would you recommend for a workhorse bag? I somehow shy away from the idea of Chevre for instance because I would think it's too dainty. I am most worried about the stretched handles. What do you recommend and also, do you think that a Birkin shouldn't be used as a real workhorse?