I live in Chicago and tend to shop on Michigan Ave or in neighborhood boutiques and I like the sales. I dress like a local and I like to walk, so I don't always "dress up" to go shopping. Read: I'm not wearing fancy shoes because I'm walking a lot. The other day I decided to check out the Jimmy Choo boutique and Gucci, just to see what was new. This time I dressed up and carried my Etro bag instead of my usual bicolor Cole Haan to see if I got more attention. Usually I'm greeted from across the store with an air of disinterest, especially on Oak Street (like Rodeo, only a little less fancy, ultimately). Wellll...wouldn't you know that I got SO much more attention? SAs were practically throwing themselves at me and the bag was the first thing they mentioned. The Gucci rep was throwing the Indy at me and talking about special orders. I wasn't all that convinced about the validity of the "status bag" thing except perhaps in NYC or amongst LA celebrities. I went into Hermes to see a Kelly up close and they had them behind glass. They asked if they could help (again eyeing the bag) but I was put off by how inaccessible everything looked, including the SAs. Jimmy Choo at least had things out to be touched. I'm a little discouraged. I spent a few years in California and there I think it's accepted that you have NO idea who has the money so you should treat everyone the same...as in well. Just left a bad taste in my mouth. I want to buy a bag because I love it, not because someone will take me more seriously. I'll stick to the NM sales...maybe if some day I win the lottery I'll pull a Pretty Woman and buy up the stores!