nice bag, rach. question re: linings: I saw apropos bashing the use of a canvas lining. I've been thinking of having a bag made (not by Bea - I iz 2 poor) with either a snap-out or zip-out cotton lining. It'll be a cheapie because I'll have it done in HK, but is that an equally terrible idea? I figured I could wash it if I could get it out.
It's an option, but IMO a lesser one. W.r.t. 'bashing' - I tend to be a bit, uh, full tilt when I post, but that's because I use SF as a panacea for my stress. Which is odd because I am a daaaaaahling IRL who wouldn't hurt a fly. Anyway, a canvas lining is OK, but a leather one is better. IME anyway. I just found out another advantage of a leather lining 2 days ago - if you spill something that is oil-basd, it doesn't come through and show on the outer side.
Your bag looks amazing!!!!!!! In all sincerity, this is the best quality tote bag I have ever seen. I am interested in getting a similar one, with some changes of course (in dark brown, a little more details on the front as well, maybe a stripe or stiching down the center.. I am really curious how much this ended up costing, if you don't mind would you PM? Thanks -Craig