I have a 2005 black city that I love to pieces. The leather is similar to the "old" leather, as in it's much thicker and softer than other pieces I've seen. Yesterday I went to Neiman Marcus to pick up a pair of sunglasses, and I noticed they had two bbags in: a black courier and a caramel twggy (*dies* loves caramel ) - but when I looked at them, they were REALLY distressed - extremely marbled and "veiny" - like, to an extreme. I almost thought they were fake! Even when I touched them, they were not as soft as my bag in the least - and I know my bag is worn in, but it never felt like these bags did. Comparing my black to the courier black they looked like different colors! The "veins" in the courier were white ish - my bag has none of that. And the leather of these bags seemed really thin. :blink: What is up with that? Did NM get a bad batch or something? Or is the 2006 leather different? My bag is really soft, but the bags I saw there weren't soft - they were like, slick and hard looking.