I bought an Alma bag about three years ago. Now I have two problems with it: 1. Because I overloaded it, one of the handles broke off. LV replaced the handles, but since they're new, the leather is the "new" color and doesn't match the darker, patina'd leather of the rest of the bag. Should I just use the bag this way, even though it looks horrible? (On one Web site, it said the way to spot a fake is if the handles are a different color!) Other than just using the bag outside, is there any way to get the handles to play catch up with the rest of the bag? Will the handles ALWAYS look lighter than the rest of the bag? I'd been using the bag for about a year before this happened. Right now the bag is sitting in my closet (not with the dust cover) and I'm hoping the handles will get somewhat darker. It's been about a year, and they HAVE gotten darker, but still not as dark as the rest of the leather. Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2. I've since lost the key to the lock. The lock is on the bag, in a locked position. (The bag itself isn't locked, thank God.) LV said it doesn't have keys anymore for my lock number. Anyone know where I can get a key? Or should I go to a luggage store, have the lock broken off, and then buy a new lock and key? Does this matter? Does anyone lock her bag? I guess it comes in handy if you're checking the bag at a party in a restaurant, say, and you have valuables inside. But other than that, I can't think of a reason I'd want to lock the bag. Thank you!!!