I've been struggling all night to get my camera working and these are not the best pics, but I have to show you what I found today. My SA from Barney's told me he had this lilac classique in the back stockroom and he wanted me to look at it. So like the sucker that I am, I went and brought it home with me. As I said, the pics are not the best- but the leather on this bag LOOKS like the older Bal bags. It's really weird. We held it side by side with another '06 lilac classique and the leather on the other one looked thinner, veinier and super shiny. This one does not. Of course my first fear after getting it home and thinking about it is that it's a super fake someone swapped that found it's way into Barney's stock I sure as heck hope not... :blink: You can't tell from the pics but the color is a really nice shade of purple, a bit darker than the really shiny one we compared it to... I took the first one with the flash (it's not in natural light) and the rest without. The second one is so you can see the texture. What is the verdict of the experts??? After I get a few comments, I'll also share with you why I've taken to referring to this bag as my 'jailbird bag' It has all the tags attached but I am seriously wondering if someone carried this for a while and softened it up and then returned it? VERY ODD!!!