This may sound ridiculous to some of the long-term Birkin buyers but I received my Birkin bag yesterday and am not sure I made the right choice! I ordered my bag from the Paris store in January (35cm, black, clemence leather, silver hardware) sight unseen as they had none in stock. My choices were based on small leather swatches and the advice of the sales assistant. I received the bag yesterday by post (I live in HK) and whilst the size is perfect (I was concerned about not getting this right) unfortunately I am not so sure about the leather. The clemence appears much more textured than what I am used to in other bags, and it is not a very darky 'inky black' (which I like) - rather it almost seems to look dark grey-ish and is very matte (maybe too matt?). I have since discovered this Purse Forum and have read that clemence is long-wearing (a positive) but very soft and hence the bag can become slouchy (is this a positive or negative?). Can other readers please provide their views? I am not sure if togo would have been better (do they really look that different and behave differently?) or even swift? Or any others? (like the look of box but don't want something so 'high maintenance') I am not someone that will own more than one Birkin so I want to make sure that I have as classic and versatile bag as possible. If need be, I will happily return this one to the Paris store and re-order and wait for a more suitable one. Also now wondering, did I make the right choice ordering the silver, rather than gold, hardware? I would be very grateful for any feedback as soon as possible as I will need to return the bag soon if I am to exchange it. Thank you very much in advance.