So, yesterday I finally received my Modern Chain flap bag in white!! It's my FIRST Chanel purse and I was ecstatic coz it is everything I expected -- just so cute, beautiful, fresh, and classic at the same time! I can't wait to take this baby out with me! BUT... There is something strange about the leather and it is kinda obvious if you look at the bag at a normal distance. I went to the Chanel boutique and inquired about it, the SA told me it's normal but I could exchange one if I don't like the leather that way. Since I ordered from Saks in California, I will go to my local Saks tomorrow and see what they can do. But I doubt if there would be another white one available for me to exchange, at least the California Saks SA told me it's very popular and this was the last one from all Saks (I kinda doubt that! Why do they always say that? I've already made my purchase! Jeez...) I have attached some close-up pictures of the leather variation. Bascially in the center of the flap and in the center of the bag beneath the flap (where the bottom snap closure is), the leather is smoother looking than the other parts. You don't see the grains of these leather. However, this smooth "line" is placed right in the center of the bag, do you think it could be intentionally done? Maybe the crafter is aware of this variation and so he placed this smooth line in the center? Also I am not sure what's causing the smoothness? Is it part of the leather (like it's the tummy part of a calf...sorry that sounded a little gross...)? Or is it a leather processing defect? I know leather can be sanded and pressed to show a certain effect (grained, distressed, etc...), so maybe these didn't get pressed right? PLEASE HELP ME!!! I'm a little disappointed with this situation!! I was expecting a perfect, flawless Chanel purse because of what I have paid for it!! Do you think this is acceptable if you were me? Should I exchange or even return it? I do love everything else about it though! So sorry that I haven't taken any good pictures of the bag itself and me wearing it yet. I am kinda frustrated by this leather issue and feeling like a punctured balloon... *Sigh*...I really wanna just rip the tag off and take her out... Thanks sooooooooo much!! ************* Oh, one more thing. I checked the MC TOTE in the Chanel store today. To my surprise, the leather has a totally different finish and feel (smoother) from the MC FLAP. Why is that? For those of you who do own the MC Flap, does your leather look like mine?