Oh my goodness, I am in lovelovelove. I finally got to go to Tysons LV to pick up my bag today, and it's just so wonderful. The nice SA let me examine it before she packed it up to go, and I did make a point of smelling it up close. It had no bad smell at that time BUT after sitting in the packaging in my car trunk in the heat for several hours, when I got it home and out in the open, it did not smell very nice. So it looks like a day outside with some baking soda inside is going to be in this bag's very near future! And although I know many people would never use a shoulder strap on a Speedy, I did go ahead and buy the Epi Mandarin strap on ELux this afternoon (no tax and 3% back from eBates! yay). I've been using the shoulder strap for my monogram Speedy 25 for a few years now, and I find it very handy when I need to have my hands free. I was just worried that if I waited until I was really sure, the strap would already be gone. Oh and for northernVA girls, the Tysons LV store still has the pochette and various wallets in Epi Mandarin. They had them out on display, so you know they have at least one.