It looks loads better!
I knowwwww. I’m so spent though. And the leather is in good shape now. It feels great. So I’m going to let it be although I’m still so curious about how it happened.It looks so nice when it is wet.
im at this point now:
It just took me one last go to get there..How about consider the darkening as part of the bag's journey and history, and enjoy as is? There is a nicer word for it, patina! I don't think the bag looks too bad. If the bag is over 20 years old, I would say just vintage character....
If this happens to anyone else’s bag and you figure it out, please let me know! Ill certainly remember this one forever as an unsolved mystery.