Oh I'm feeling so sad , is anyones Paddy doing the same? I got out my beloved Muscade Paddy this evening and gave her a good once once. I noticed that the leather ridges(the raised bits that join the main section of the bag to the sides) is starting to fade on the bottom (looks pailer in colour) , looks dirty and also appears to be dry. I tried to take a pic but the light is too bad. I don't baby my bags but I certainly don't mistreat them. I've had my Paddy since April 07 (and have used it for alot of that time) I hope she won't get too much worse as I'll be frightened to use her and she is my favourite bag! The hard wear is in bad shape (even the Chloe plate has started to peel :s) but I think thats part and pacel of a paddy, but the leather???? Had anyone else has this problem? Can I treat it? Please help, looking for some reassurance!