I saw someone at the San Diego airport carrying that bag a couple of months ago - it's huge! I loved the look of that when it came out, but thought it was very beachy looking and $1k for a beach tote just isn't realistic in my world!
This one? I heard it was very heavy to begin with (same as the leather floral straw tote from this past summer)....I couldn't imagine it being very practial for books.....towels and sunscreen yes, books...ugh my aching back! LOL