This beauty is a Louis Vuitton Seau in a leather finish called Epi - sort of a teeny little pleat-y sort of look. It's got all of the merits of LV quality without as much of a visible logo, and it has (in my world) the immeasurable merit of being BLACK!!!!
I was never on the LV bag bandwagon until I saw the Epi's, and then I was interested. But the prices, for me, are prohibitive, so I (a) specified my requirements for a bag, in terms of size, shape, type of handle etc. and (b) I put on my patient shopper hat and kept my eyes open. And I looked EVERYWHERE - yard sales, re-sale shops, thrift stores, eBay, Craig's List - there's no option I was not willing to consider. (except, of course, I was not going to buy a counterfeit. Enuf said).
3 weeks later, this beauty was on eBay. 20% of the original retail price. Does not appear to have EVER been out of the bag. And now, she is mine, and she will remain mine for the rest of my life... I traded time, patience, and planning for a large amount of money; I don't think that's extravagant at all.