I stopped by Barney's in Chicago the other day to check out their Balenciaga stock. When I walked in, the first thing I was struck by was the overall terrible quality of all the bags that were out - REALLY thin leather all around. I assumed this was probably just because they were the "display" bags. I was pretty curious what the deal was though, so went up to the sales associate holding a black work and politely asked her to tell me what year/season the bag I was holding was. (I assumed it was 2006 leather.) She looked at me like was from Mars, and really snootily said, "I don't understand that question." I tried to clarify, nicely, "Oh, I'm sorry. I'm asking what year/season this specific bag *holds up gross looking black work* was produced." She gives me a really angry/confused look, and says in the most condescending voice EVER, "This is a 'motorcyle' bag (with emphasis). You see, these bags are part of a line that is *extremely popular*. They're made every year. So there's no season or year." .....ummm....yeah....thanks. I replied that I understood that Balenciaga made black/white bags every year, I just wanted to know what year the bag I was holding was. She replied, in an even more condescending voice, "Oh, there is no way to tell that. There's no way for us to tell you what year that bag is. The manufacturer doesn't mark it in any way." ....!!!!!!!!! What???? That's the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. This woman was totally clueless. Not only did she treat me like I was bothering her, but she also acted like I was a totally clueless shopper who *obviously* wasn't going to buy anything and therefor wasn't worth her time. How offensive! I am relatively young, but I've never been treated so poorly by a sales associate in my life, and I'm accustomed to shopping in higher end stores. Uff....sorry...had to vent!