As you all probably know by now, I got a Whiskey leather slim flap and a signature espresso and black slim flap legacy during the PCE event because the larger size was too heavy for my back. So now I had gotten a bargain..BUT...Although the hardware is the same the straps are narrower as well as is the thickness from the real ALI. I was headed to the mall yesterday and decided to try my new espresso and black slim flap to go shopping and see pics of the new items or some of them might have actually been there already. I put some things in the espresso bag, whiskey wallet, striped wristlet, keys cell phone and did not fill it to the top for lightness. It is very narrow, about 2 1/2 inches or so wide..much more narrow than an Ali and slipped it over my arm. The things and the weight dropped to the bottom leaving the top empty. I tried to get my wallet out for a minute to see if I had all of my cards in the new wallet and I could not get my arm in the bag, it waas that narrow and tight. I dropped the bag onto my arm and tried it again. still narrow and the flap hit me stiffly in the face. ACCCK attacked my a Coach bag. lol. Being a bit surprised as this NEVER happened, I was totatly shocked. I grabbed the stuffing and the dustbag and took my things out and dropped them into my tote. It certainly was not worn as was the whiskey so I brought that along with me to see the difference in the two flaps. I went to the store to ask them if people were having that problem getting into the bags. They had never carried them in the store, because people could not get into them easily and fit all of their things in. They agreed and said think about them for you love the bags and bring them back if you see it does not work for you around the house. I decided to think about it and ordered the new patchwork satchel from the catolog sight unseen. I was so frustrated. I do not even know if that one goes over the shoulder. That leaves me with all the legacy accessories, wallet, a ponytail scarf, a striped wristlet and a signature wristlet if this does not work for me and no legacy bags to match...Ouch... I laid them both out again last night and tried it again ..actually I tried for quite a while obsessed with it..and they both were hard to get into. The leather is more plyable on the whiskey, but the signature is hopeless. still narrow. Never had a problem like this getting into a bag that did not open from the top or zip. I like to get into my bags easily and like totes for that reason. Anyone else have any suggestions, otherwise darn it, all are going back. I am totally bummed out. Thanks!!!