my MIL got this bottega for me for christmas 3 years ago...maybe it was 2? can't remember....i have not used it bc it's not really my style but the leather is soo sooo soft. i was very touched though, that she thought of me (she never buys xmas presents for anyone!), and that is why this bag is still part of my collection.
one of DH's fave brand for shoes is Tod's and he's always wanted me to have a Tod's tote bag. so one day, he came home with a pair of shoes for himself and a bag for me! it was cute because he wasn't sure what color to buy and he's always nervous about surprising me. he went into full explanation immediately on why he had picked this color instead of black or beige but it really didn't matter to me. i'm a true believer that it's always the thought that counts!
PBC - what a lovely closet! oops I mean boutique! Everything is displayed to perfection. I have to echo HarleyNemma - I love the packing island. You and your builder did a wonderful job creating such a beautiful space to house your collection!
a few months later, we were at H looking for a gift for my good friend's bday and i was offered something very special from the back. amazingly, we walked away from it and i couldn't stop thinking about for the next 30 minutes. DH made me promise that i would let him go to vegas if he bought me the bag.....so we returned to the store soon afterwards and this came home with me....and off to vegas we went 2 wks later!