After reading this, I went back and looked closer at pictures, and it appears that the '06 Hippie Flap is stitched together at the top where the O ring and straps are... but on the newer '07 Hippie Flap, they are put together with brass rivets. I'm thinking maybe for durability, even though I like the look of the Ali style hippie better, that the newer style with rivets might be the best choice, as I want a bag I can literally use forever.They aren't put together that great. the threading is the only thing holding it together on the straps and on one side after only 4x of my mom wearing it. the thread came undone
The eBay sellers of the newer one must all be on something, as they are all offering it with a very high reserve, and nobody has a BIN price for less than $340. They had to have gotten these bags at the outlet for $239 and are making a huge profit Off to find an outlet!