I purchased this bag from my girlfriend. She did not use it because she thought it was too young looking for her. Whatever. So I purchased the bag. I thought I would use it or my 18 year old daughter could. I inspected the bag thoroughly. The LV and the Cherries do not get cut off at the seems the lock is real and hardware really seem to be LV headwear especially the lock being numbered and all. My only concern is that myself and my daughter went on a weekend trip and combined we must have used the bag 5 or 6 hours total. The bag is always in the red dust cover and then put in my large plastic pin. The leather on the bag has begun to darken. I have other bags that are much older with half the amount of patina. Am I missing something or is this a common occurrence do you know. Thank you so much for your help. It will really put my mind at rest, are there any pictures I can look at of a cherry speedy that you might know of.