Edit: if you want to skip the discussion and see the outcome, skip to post #49 to see what I decided.
I've been searching for a new commuter and think I may have found the one. This is the Louise, made by Belgium bike manufacturer Achielle: http://www.achielle.be/NL/louise.php.
I've been looking for several things in a bike:
A steel step-through frame
Internal gear hub
Plus all the usual suspects: fenders, racks, chain guard/case, etc.
This bike looks like it has it all. Plus, it's gorgeous. I love the split top tube and the colors. "Intense Red" is calling my name. I found this bike after contacting the bike shop A Street Bike Named Desire about a Retrovelo Anna, and they recommended I consider this manufacturer. Apparently these bikes are a little lighter than the Retrovelos, though I don't yet know what they weigh.
Anyway, I'm waiting to hear back from the bike shop about specs and price. In the meantime, I thought I'd post here to see if anyone has any experience with Achielle.