I just got Edith Messenger in Whiskey from NAP. After using the old Edith, Ihought that this messenger can let my hand free. Compared with the old Edith (Fall 06), the leather of this one is not soft. It is rough and dry, with out crumpy look. It can be a different type of leather. The worse thing is that, on the back, it has uneven color (w/ partial black undertone), and some excess color was stuck there. It's like they just painted the bag with color, and that is a pretty bad job also. Thinking about returning.