My son has proclaimed me a complete and total nerd, but when the UPS man delivered my new Aubergine Ristretto today, I took one look at the box on the front porch and started leaping around like a maniac. Because not only did I have box art—I had Hogwarts on my box. If you look closely, you can even see Harry and Ron flying in the lower righthand corner.
I'm not sure whom I have to thank for this, but whoever the artist was, I am delighted! I placed the order on July 31st, which all Potter-nerds know is Harry's birthday. So in the comments section of the online order form, I wished everyone a Happy Potter Day–and this is the gift I received. I love it so much I may have to frame it.
Oh, and I love my Aubergine Ristretto for 11-inch Macbook Air, too. Of course I love the color: I now have an Aeronaut, Swift, Little Swift, Side Effect, Kit, at least one Organizer Pouch, two of the Pocket Pouches, and the 11-inch Ristretto in this gorgeous ballistic fabric. I think I may even be surpassing @dorayme in her love of Plum! :D
I already had an Opteka-Absolute strap on hand, so I immediately attached that. I hope to do a review in the near future. I haunted the forums and read every Ristretto review I could find before making my purchase. One thing I was uncertain about was the balance between protective structure of the bag and roominess [because roomy bags with a little give tend to be floppier]. The first thing I noticed was that the Ristretto does have enough structure to it to make me feel comfortable carrying my precious Air in it, but it does come at the cost of expandibility. I think the biggest reason for this is the opening of the bag, which is slightly narrower than the rest of the body. That seems to add extra stability to the bag, but also makes it more difficult to pack the thing to the gills. I hasten to add that this isn't a complaint, mind you; just an observation. Before the Ristretto arrived, I'd been wondering if I could sell my Large Azalea Cafe Bag, but now I'm not so sure. I think the two bags serve two different purposes, so I will use them for different things. Time will tell.
But again, thanks to the artist who sent me Hogwarts!