So what a stupid observation, but after all this time of owning my very first gucci bamboo handled bag, I was so in "awe" of how the heck they got the bamboo to bend like that for the handles.....and then I was at my local Home Depot (like a big huge hardware/home/Nursey store) and purchased these arched bamboo trelassis (sp?) for some plants in my backyard. They were like, $5.99 for 3 of them. I kept thinking -- it must not be such a hard thing to do!! And after all these times of trying to analyze how Gucci must have done that. Anyhow, I owe CHLOE_CONCORD a huge THANK YOU for the tip that the bag I had bought had gone on sale b/c Nordstroms matched the price that Saks had, had online. I saved over $900. Nice. Now I feel much better about those bamboo handles (b/c I thought THAT those handles must have been the reason for the huge price tag), LOL. But seriously, I love the bamboo a lot, just the price originally for the bag was insane and was bothering me quite a bit. NOw I feel a bit better.