Do you know that moment when that new designer, who only you know about, starts to appear on others? The feeling is a mix of self assurance, for being one of few in the know, and disappointment (what is she doing with MY bag). For me it started when I began sporadically seeing my self proclaimed discovery, Michelle Vale handbags, on various fashionistas here in New York City. When I purchased my first MV bag back in early summer, I could go weeks before seeing it on others. While I knew I wasn't the only one in the world with a bag.. I did like to think I had the east coast covered!! When women started asking me who the designer was, I almost felt like lying.. but couldn't bring myself to do it of course (us purse lovers must help one another). This week, during fashion week here in New York, I have seen more than a dozen women carrying her bags! I still love my MV bags... I just don't feel so smug. The same thing happened when I started wearing Jill Stuart a couple of years ago! Can anyone relate?