This Friday I was able to get out of work early so I headed over to BalNYC w my bf 25 minutes before it closed. I was so excited to finally meet Kim in person and see the weird cave where these beautiful bags come from. Besides finally seeing the cave I wanted to see violet in person. Violet- The Scoop Availability First off Kim said she got a shipment of 10 Cities in Violet this Thursday, but these bags are reserved for people on the waitlist. The first will not be available for awhile and apparently the waitlist for the first is a lot longer than for the city. There was ONE violet city with GH that was available for purchase while I was there. I am also on the waitlist for the clutch with the wrist holder in violet with GH. I was told that these clutches will not come in for a long time. RH? GH? SGH? & The Color Kim showed my the violet city with rh, gh, and sgh. I actually liked the violet rh and violet gh combos the most. The silver looked a bit too light/white on the vibrant color. The purple and gold combo was gorgeous but it is probably the loudest and blingiest combo of all the Bal bags I have ever seen. The color reminded me a lot of the old school crayola caryon color "royal purple." You can check it out here http://www.crayola.com/colorcensus/americas_favorites/display.cfm?color=315 at the crayola website. The leather seemed similar to the leathers on the Spring 2007 bags but a bit thicker. The color was definitely a deep rich purple with a hint of royal blue. Quite regal and quite gorgeous Other Hot Items At the end of the cave there were also a pair of gorgeous purple suede flats (that also come in olive) that seem like the perfect compliment for the purple and olive bags of the SS07 line. Kim showed me the clutch with the wrist holder in ocean with SGH. This was the most beautiful combo and clutch I have seen from Balenciaga. The colors worked beautifully together. The clutch was a lot larger than I expected and even larger than the size of a LV pochette or a small Coach bag. Kim said she thought Balenciaga needed to maek the clutch larger to accomodate the largness of the giant hardware. I also saw a gorgeous vert gazon mid afternoon. I had no idea that this combo would be so hip and fresh. I never would have considered this bag w/o seeing it in person. Kim was so helpful and kind, just like she always is over the phone. She told me next week maybe some more shipments would come in. I'm still on the fence about what my next Bal purchase should be but right now I'm leaning toward the violet GH clutch or ocean one.