My clients are forever asking me my opinion of J Crew. My standard answer is that I think Jenna Lyons (Executive Creative Director and President) is beyond brilliant. She took a run-of-the-mill prepster brand and made it a force to be reckoned with. I see the contents of a LOT of closets and I don't think I've ever been in one that does not contain at least something from the ubiquitous brand. Having given props where props are due, the problem that I have with J Crew is two-fold. First, the quality of the items is sometimes dubious and, second and almost more importantly, if you've seen it in J Crew, so has everyone else. Case closed. Case re-opened. Or at least I hope to open this Edie python case. For it is a thing of beauty. And this is the area where I think that J Crew can add some significant value. Granted $1500 is a lot to pay for anything from J Crew BUT this is ACTUAL python (settle down SPCA) and from any other designer would hover around $4000. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the quality of this piece is probably pretty solid (I viewed the mini and it looked fabulous) AND not everyone is going to buy it (although they will covet it) because the price point is high enough. So my suggestion is that if you don't have a J Crew credit card already, open one (for the 25% discount of course!) and buy this bag. Guys, this means you too. Scoring your girl a python bag for around $1125 is a heck of a lot better than having to spring for this one.