I'm SO disappointed!! long post coming... So I received my package today, eager to see the bag I had been dreaming about. I tear into the box to see a bag sitting in plastic (there was no dustbag), and I could feel my disappointment already: the gold hardware looked plastic-y gold. Bright, yellowy gold is not my style - it never was. Then I grasp the handle and the leather on the handle felt so uneven. Like it was cut and sewn by an amateur?? It had excess leather protruding from the seams, it just felt UGH. Still, I'm trying to make myself see what I originally loved about the bag, and fold the bag and take the strap over my shoulder. More disappointment!! The strap feels super thin and cheap. I can't get that feeling out of my head. Funny because it's the most expensive bag I've ever bought, and it's the cheapest-feeling bag I've felt in a long time. The shape is TDF, but it's not like I can re-do the handles, switch out the strap, and do something about the hardware myself. My co-worker was even saying that I must have bought a knock-off! Yeah, her comments made me feel bad. I paid $309 using a 20% off coupon, btw It's definitely going back... am I being harsh?? It's my personal opinion, and I really hope I'm not insulting anyone's bag. Well, I'm probably bitter because I can't pull it off like this girl (attachment). It's just that I handled a different AC bag at Anthropologie before and it was so beautiful. I think that's why I had such high expectations. On the other hand, I got my Andrea Brueckner saddle bag a couple months ago (paid $220), and even though I was I didn't like the thin-ness of the leather and expected it to be more glossy and true-black (it looks sorta grey-ish in certain lights, like it's worn out), AND the stiches on the handle still bother me, it HAS finally grown on me nicely. Definitely was shocked that it wasn't really woven, but I think I now understand why BVs are so expensive!