Hi ladies! I have been waiting for the Giant Hobo in French Blue to arrive at Bal, NY. I love the shape of this bag but I am not a huge fan of the giant hardware. While waiting for the GH I bought a Metallic Pink Rose Box, and I fell in love with the shiny silver hardware! I wish Bal could give us all the hardware choices on every bag, regular sized shiny gold would be lovely to see as well! I then saw Bev's wonderful thread with all those photos from Neiman Marcus, and the French Blue Small Matelasse with shiny silver hardware caught my eye! Neiman Marcus charges $200 more than Bal NY so I called them and they have some there as well. So I would love to hear from anyone who owns one of these bags. I never thought of getting a quilted bag before I saw this one in Bev's photos. I am wondering how the leather feels, if it is slouchy and soft, and if the handles are long enough to wear on the shoulder since it doesn't come with a shoulder strap? Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated, even if you don't own one! The stunning Green Crocodile City caught my attention as well, so if I don't get a Matelasse I could get into some serious trouble and get that instead!