I should preface this by saying that I only own one Kooba, so I don't know if there's a quality difference between the different styles and leathers. That said, I'm really disappointed with the amount of "babying" these bags seem to need. I have the Nicole bag in the luggage color -- beautiful style and absolutely perfect for my needs (I planned to use it as a work bag for the days I don't use a black bag). However, today is only the second time I've used it and the bag is already starting to look worn, and quite frankly, old. Here are a few of the issues I'm having with it: the seal (for lack of a better word) on some of the edges is already wearing off in high-friction areas (like where the back flap rubs against my body when carried on the shoulder and along part of the side); there are weird scuffs and creases on different areas; and it picks up color like crazy (I think from when I wore it with jeans on casual Friday). What it comes down to is, I don't think a bag at their prices should be looking so worn on its second use, especially since I am not at all rough with my bags. I guess I'll insert a rave here for Shining Monkey and Apple Leather Care products. Thanks to pre-treating with these, most of the discoloration was easy to remove and there are no water stains from when I got caught in the rain. I'll keep using the bag and hope that the flaws eventually become character, but it has turned me off to Kooba and at this point, I wouldn't recommend their products to others unless heavily discounted. I hope this doesn't offend Kooba fans; but I wanted to share my experience so that others would be aware of potential problems that may affect their decision to buy.