^ I'm not particularly concerned about status. I wanted a hard briefcase and a soft case, and while I prefer to spend less, I wasn't particularly concerned about price. I'm going to use it for the rest of my life. I tried many many cases, and I didn't think there was much of a comparison between the leather Hermes uses and the leather everyone else uses for their soft cases. Valextra was a close second and I visited the Valextra store in Milan before I purchased my sac.