so eventhough i just placed my order at 3 p.m. on monday, i have been anxiously waiting for my package from Bal NY to arrive. we were just finishing dinner when the doorbell rang (about 1/2 hour ago) and i just knew it was the UPS guy. after practically lunging on him, i opened the box to find the most beautiful bag ever! joseph did a wonderful job in selecting a lovely bag for me; very even colour (no white veining) and quite matte in appearance. the best part? - including shipping and duty, the bag cost the same as it does in toronto pre-tax. i just saved about $250.00 and received a way nicer bag in the process. needless to say i will be returning my other one to holt's tomorrow night!