I met my first Brahmin bag in the store just up from the Black Pearl (great clam chowder!)...That was at least 16 or 17 years ago. Since then I've had several, which have remained classic staples of my wardrobe. I ALWAYS stop in when in Newport just to lust after their collection. Really wish that this fall I could take my husband on a date with this beautiful bag on my arm. Cheers to Brahmin!!!