I know that many of us covet the 05 paddy leather for it's special supple and softness. The difference between my two 05 bags and my two 06 bags is huge. However, the newest paddys seem to have a markedly inferior hide. I saw several paddys at Nordies today that all had seriously noticable hide defects. Not that the purses or leather was damaged, but that the cow hide itself was obviously inferior. Being a car lover I know that many car manufacturers only use cow hides from cows that live in areas without fences to prevent hide damage on-the-hoof from barb wire, etc. The new Chloe hides are obviously from a less grade of leather. Does this bug anyone else?? Maybe it's just me, but for $1540 I would really like a hide that was prisitine (ok, I love the pebbly character, but not the scars and such that I have seen).