althought the real bal brief with giant hardware is NOT in bal paris yet, a faux was spotted in the window of a paris resale shop marked sold!!! no kidding, i was so suprised! i saw lots of fake bal bags all over paris. i also saw alot of fakes in resale shops. i wonder if some of these girls really have paid alot on eBay and in resale shops and really think they are real. i was told in several resale shops that the bals they had were authentic, and guys, they were not.:s i had my bf take a pix of faux bal giant to post here so hopefully the quality of pix will be ok bc he did it with his cell phone... on another note, i did see several real flat brass bags on girls around town and some nice cities and weekenders. the bag with the best leather i saw around town was a vintage bal black day.