I've been meaning to ask this question. When did Hermes change the thickness on the handles of the Birkin? My oldest Birkin is a '94 and my newest is 2005. They are both 30cm. The '94 is a Gulliver and the '05 is Togo. The '94 Birkin handles are thicker and the seam on the handle is wider. I don't think it's due to the leather...and obviously not the bag size. I have a Birkin from '97 35cm Box...with thicker handles as well. I would call and ask my SA's but I don't want to bother them with a non-purchase question during shopping season. Those of you with older Birkins do you notice this difference as well? I know that Birkins and Kellys are getting tweaked all the time but exactly when did they thin out the handles? I was reminded of this quandry when I was in 'Stars and Hermes'...looking at the photos of Kate Moss' birkins, as well as Jane Birkin's birkins, I see the older thicker handles.