Thanks for posting, citychris! Did Jackie send any modelling pics of the side (narrow) view of the bag? I had emailed her requesting specifically for that so that we could see how wide the bag looked from the side, since I was concerned the 7" depth would make the bag look fat.
IMO the straps are rather thin. The bag looks big and roomy, and seems it could hold quite a lot, so would be concerned the straps couldn't take the weight. BUT, I was rather hoping for thicker straps, as I travel a lot, and most likely to carry it 'messenger style'.
I, too, love the thin strap and think it wouldn't look right if it were thicker. I think this bag is primarily meant to be carried as a satchel with the messenger strap as an occasional convenience.
I don't know who this model is for sure, though I'm guessing it may be Jackie or Ashley. Being super tall myself, I e-mailed her a similar question about the messenger strap length, and she told me that this bag works great on her (5'5") and another friend (6'0").
I adore and love the Hug Me although I think the photos do it an injustice. The stuffing doesn't help...it needs the basic contents of what many women carry to give us a better depiction of what it will look like.
I'm really glad I ordered this in the Black Glossy and Matte Chocolate...I think the darker colors will help with its shape and profile ~ aesthetically speaking, as the Purple Crash seems a bit much to me in these images.
I also prefer the thinner strap. I think thicker straps on messenger bags interfere too much with my outfit - thinner straps look more sleek.
I wouldn't worry too much about the straps taking the weight. I've carried bigger bags than that with straps that are just as thin - and there isn't even any evidence of straining. Besides, Its not like BE's leather is flimsy.
Good point, I agree, Circoit - "thinnner straps look more sleek".
But, I wish the straps had buckles/extenders to make the bag hit just where you want. There is a BIG difference where a bag hits a 5'5" person and a 6'0 person. If anyone agrees and thinks this is a good idea, maybe they could suggest this to Jackie (especially for the Wisper to Me midi , since she seems open to adjusting the designs, so far. I am glad to hear all the fall bags will have the thin messenger straps with them.