I don't have a Black Stam with Nappa leather (altho I'd like to get one someday!!) -- mine is Petrol Blue, which is made from the same type of leather. They called "Icy" because it has a sheen or gloss to it, which makes it look like it's coated with Ice -- but the leather is Nappa leather which is VERY soft & lighter weight than calf leather.
Here's a few pics of my Petrol Stam -- while it's not black, it'll give you an idea of what the leather from those 1st season looked like -- there was actually a 1st Season Black Stam listed on ebay that apparently ended with a winner that backed out -- there was talk that she was going to relist it, but it doesn't look like that's happened (http://cgi.ebay.com/TRENDY-MARC-JACOBS-QUILTED-STAM-BAG-BLACK-1350-00_W0QQitemZ160208518930QQihZ006QQcategoryZ63852QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)
This is how the bag looks when it's stuffed:
And this is with nothing inside (see how much it slouches? Calf leather versions don't usually slouch this much -- at least not for quite some time after lots & lots of use!)
And here's a closeup of the leather (as well as the one attached)
Agreed. I was going to say black but since you just got a black Chanel maybe you should get an Ivory stam...I initially thought the black, but saw your post about your black Chanel. I would second the suggestion to look at your current bag collection and see if one color would fill a void more than another. You can't go wrong with either!
thank you so much for sharing pics of your Stam with me. Its beautiful. I received the Ivory and Black Stam todays and i have to say the leather is quite stiff. does the grainy calf leather get softer over time? I wish it wasn't so hard and stiff. For some reasons I was at bloomingdales and some of the MJ bags in calf leather were softer in general. i hope the leather gets softer when it's broken in. Looks like the ivory is winning the poll so i'm thinking of keeping the ivory and return the black. not sure yet. i do like both but then again i have too many black handbags. thanks for your help again.this might not be the greatest, but here's a split screen of my Topaz Stam (which is quilted calf [grainy] leather) and my Petrol Stam (which is quilted icy nappa leather)