okay, guys, this is important...my DH has been quizzing me on the stats of my "perfect" bag ( ). obviously, it's critical i get back to him and have him commit to memory ASAP, before he loses interest! so far, i have: 32 cm kelly, rigide construction (that's the more stiff one, yes?), gold HW. for a "first" kelly, i think either black or a neutral like gold or cognac, perhaps noisette, although something in the blue family would be divine too. here's the next question. i always thought i wanted a box calf as my first. but after reading all of the rain threads, and poring over HG's leather reference guide (holy mother of g-d, that's an amazing piece of work, by the way), i'm wondering if maybe barenia or swift is a better choice. i'd like something smooth (little or no grain), relatively resilient, holds its shape, can handle a touch of water (i'm not going to take the poor thing out in a downpour, but i don't want to have to panic if i drip water on it), and something that would develop a patina over time. i LOVE how box looks after many years....does barenia do that? swift? any input from the experts would be great....can't pass up an opportunity like this! thanks so much!!