Patent leather is supposed to be "big" for fall. I was never much of a fan until I bought a patent bag recently. (http://forum.purseblog.com/handbags-and-purses/sign-me-up-for-choo-bordeaux-patent-35754.html) The SA tried to convince me that the old rules are out the window and that patent can now be worn "year round"--kind of like suede bags are worn by some in the summer months these days. As I sit here sweltering in 100-degree temps on the East Coast, I'm dying to use my new bag, but I'm dubious. What do you all think? Also, does anybody have any insight to offer on patent leather's durability? I can remember hearing about patent bags years ago in which the finish deteriorated after a while. Should they be treated in any special way?