I've noticed that many of you hanging out in the Chanel forum also have (or had) a fondness for Balenciaga. I myself have drifted this way, attracted to the beauty, the lightness, and the classic nature of Chanel bags, some of the same qualities I first discovered in Bbags, my initial designer bag obsession. ( I know a number of you won't agree with my analogy, particularly calling a Bbag a classic, but that's OK) Anyway, is there a natural progression, going from one designer bag to the next? Do you search for the same features? Do you start with a lower-priced brand and then work your way up? If that were the case, my next one might be Hermes, but it seems far too structured for me. Thoughts??? I've yet to buy a Chanel but I'm tempted. I first need to decide whether to part with any of the other five handbags I bought this year to feed my cravings!!!!