This company, Beijo Bags, took out a full page ad in December's Marie Claire as well as partial ads in a few other mags I have, all of which must have cost well over $200,000. Apparently this is a company in which you don't buy bags directly from them, instead you must host bag parties to sell them to your friends (which I can't imagine myself ever doing) and you make money and earn bags (kind of like some Mary Kay type sales structure I suppose). Some styles are cute, although nothing unique, but upon further review the bags seem to be all patent "polyvinyl", designed in the US and made in China (as with pretty much every other company these days). The bags are described as: "Our bags begin with durable polyvinyl, to which we add a combination of special materials for our signature pearlescent finish." I assume polyvinyl means plastic (?), which means that they're fairly cheaply made bags. But they seem pricey for PVC priced at $69 to $89. Bag Haus, Shop Suey Boutique, and Fashion Flairs are always in mags including "In Touch", "People Style Watch", "Life and Style Weekly" providing cheap alternatives to designer bag styles (I'm a publicist for PR company with a design house client, so I keep track of these things) and I think the aforementioned companies' prices are a bit cheaper than Beijo Bags although I can't speak for the quality of the "inspired" bags they offer. I think $69 to $89 is a bit pricey for Beijo's PVC bags, especially given that Target and the likes offers decent ones for much cheaper. And, do the bags look especially plasticy/rubbery? They do to me - kind of like those horrible jelly/plastic/rubber flats and pumps from the 80's that came in vivid colors. Here is the new Beijo bag collection - it won't allow me to cut and paste photos (I suspect these are *very* flattering photos of the featured bags): http://www.beijobags.com/bc_1.aspx Here's a link to a video clip of the owner/designer's "closet" aka the bags in her collection -- this provides the best look at the quality and designs: http://www.beijobags.com/bn_16.aspx Here's a few other bag photos I could cut and paste: I'm not so impressed. What do you all think of this? I tend to never carry bags made of plastic/PVC for the simple fact that I'm hard on them. I had a PVC tote once and the handles ripped fairly quickly due to the weight of books and magazines I carried in the bag. Also, I've never been to a bag party, candle party, cosmetic party etc. in someone's home. I can't imagine it, frankly, although I know they're popular and people enjoy them. Thank you for reading my thoughts on this. I'd love to read yours.