I have decided to actually USE my new Black Purse. I have been taking it everywhere.....including dangerous places...like bars. and clubs. and live music venues. Now I have gone out the last 2 nights. Friday- all was well. I was careful going through the crowds. (careful avoiding drunks with cigs and beer) I was careful not to lay her down on sticky tables. If I was concerned.. I just left her in my lap. Saturday night- I decided to do the same thing. Well towards the end of the evening as I was petting my Bbag and touching the tassels. Then I realized it. Damage has occurred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the outside zipper tassels has been torn/broken. Now one of them is only a couple of inches! I flipped out and started looking carefully, when I saw that another tassel looking white- and had become hard. Almost like it was BURNT! I think that although I was careful, some one must have bumped it and........ I decided after that- that perhaps i must retire my Purse to her safety bag in my closet. But this is upsetting too, because I was really enjoying having my lovely Bbag around all the time!!!!! I did read the new tassel thread so I am thinking that maybe it will be okay. That maybe I can still take her around. I dont know. I am torn. What should I do? Sorry for the long rant!