The DH and I were in Paris for a few days recently, and upon our arrival, which was a Sat, we headed straight for the FSH store. I was not expecting to find anything good on the shelves, considering that by the time we got there, it was pushing 12 noon, and they had been opened since 1030. Anyway, to our surprise, there were lots of Kellys on the shelves, together with all the other designs, except Birkins. There was quite a bit of exotic around as well, especially ostrich. While there were no Birkins on display, I saw ladies snapping up Birkins and Kellys in all sizes and colours with seeming ease, and most of them appeared to be tourists, even. The lovely SA who attended us said there is a new policy at FSH to make it easier for walk-ins to obtain coveted Birkins and Kellys, while trimming down their waitlist, such that those who are allowed on the waitlist/order list would have to wait longer. Many ladies were just asking for Birkins/Kellys outright, and getting them! Alas, I was mainly interested in exotics, and apart from a 30cm Birkin in cognac ostrich and one in matte havanne nilo croc, the SA was unable to find me any exotic Birkins on the 3 days I visited her. And I could not SO or waitlist for any exotics either. Oh, and I should mention that all lizards and crocodiles they had in stock were matte – apparently matte is going to be the trend for a while. We also visited Hermes George V once on a weekday morning, and got a frosty welcome. I asked to see scarves (didn't have what I wanted) and also decided to purchase a breloque charm for bags before moving over to look at bags. There were a number of exotics, but not in the styles or colours I wanted, and when I asked about other items, the answer I got was basically "what you see is what you get". This was completely different from FSH, where they would check the computer to see what they had in stock. So for everyone else who is desperate for a Brikin without being too fussy about colour/skin, I highly recommend a trip to FSH , especially with today's cheap airfares from within Europe and from America. For those in Asia, the savings from buying direct from FSH would easily pay for the return airfare. The SAs there are not as snooty as I imagined nor encountered in other Hermes stores in Europe, and the atmosphere is far friendlier than Hermes George V in Paris. Being Asian, and having lived for a number of years in Europe, I am very sensitive to double standards because of my race, but I did not get any bad vibes at FSH at all.