I am amazed. My Chamois is a "dark" chamois!! It is golden blonde, not pale and washed out looking at all. The texture is smooth and even, no pebbles, just texture (lines). One of the sides is much more lined than the other but it only adds to the charm. Nice scrumpling all over; only the pocket is smooth. The leather is softer than choco, but it is still thick and has that rigidity the Paddys do not. This is not going back to Nordstrom - we have already bonded! The Ediths have a sister arriving later today - the large Chocolate Muse! My own sister bought the Muse for me (early birthday gift) over the weekend. Now that was a bag I didn't expect to like IRL, but there she was in NM Boston in all her gorgeous glory. I had to have it!!