Dear ladies, First I'd like to apologize for my first post which I deleted accidentally. I think I was too excited about sharing my experience that I put in too much details. I felt uncomfortable immediately after posting and attempted to edit the info but ended up deleting the whole thing. Unfortunately, my trip was a tedious one and I have just returned and finally have the time to re-post. So with that, this is how my experience shopping for Hermes in Paris was Day 1, went to the main Hermes store at 24 Faubourg for a quick look after a long plane ride, no Birkins. Day 2, went in the morning ready to spend some time. Before I talked to an SA, I wandered around the shop. Saw many colorful bags but no Kelly or Birkin on display. I did however see 3 birkins whilst in the shop. One (red, white and blue) in the shop window and 2 others that were being shown to customers. I asked to see a Kelly and was shown a black 35cm in rigide box. I told the SA it was too big and was shown a Kelly lakis, which I didnt like. The SA did show me a couple of other new style bags, but they did not call out to me. I thanked the SA and wandered around some more. Just before leaving, I asked another SA about Kellys in souple style. She checked and told me there was none and to come back everyday to ask (which she said was what everybody did). Asked about a Birkin and got a flat out NO. I got her card and left. Day 3, went to the George V shop after a stroll along the Champs Elysee. They had 2 Kellys on the shelf. I was shown both, but was not totally blown away, so I declined. I was happy to finally get to touch and feel the Kellys. Went to the main shop but the SA was not around so I left and called her later. I was told no new bags came in that day. Day 4, went to Eiffel Tower and decided to drop by the George V shop. The minute I walked in, I saw the gold shoulder Birkin on the counter but only stole glances at it. I asked if they had any Birkins available and the SA pointed to the shoulder Birkin. It was beautiful, but I wasnt too sure about the shape. They had another Birkin downstairs, but it was a 40cm and really just too big. I tried on the shoulder Birkin again and it felt just right, so I decided to go for it. My first Birkin!! I was soooo happy. On the way back to the hotel, we decided to just drop by the main store to see if they had anything new. The SA who had asked us to come back everyday was once again not there, but another SA asked what we were looking for. After we told her, she paused for a second and said, there is a Birkin at the back, it will be gone in minutes, do you want to take a look? Did I ever!!! It was a 30cm in Blue Jean color and totally out of this world gorgeous!! I did pause to ask if she had anything in another color because I had a BJ Trim already. Nope, but by then there was no turning back, I had to have it. Being able to buy a Birkin in the main store in Paris just added to the magic for me. Ive been reading this forum for a couple of months now and amazed at the collection and knowledge of the ladies here. Im afraid I might have caught the Hermes bug and crave for more and more. Ill have to live vicariously through your purchases for a while, so please keep buying! Please forgive me if some of the terms I've used are incorrect, I'm still new at this.