I went to Saks today and picked up a new Keepall 50" with strap. One thing I noticed when I came home was the vachetta was starting to darken already. Is this normal? I don't mind because it's a bag I plan to use a lot (I travel for my job). I just have a thing for paying full price for used bags. Everything else looks OK but the leather had me wondering For those of you that order from elux is there plastic on the handles? That would be an indication that you didn't just buy a bag that someone used and returned. It's made in France (not that it matters cause my Speedy 25 was made in the U.S.) and I sent my tag out to be heat stamped (they don't do it there). She says it will be mailed to my home in a week or so. Interesting story...while I was there a lady came in with her 30 Speedy upset. See had spilled water in the bag and the leather trim had begun to crack. The SA told her that there was nothing that could prevent further damage to the bag (she had already used some leather products). She looked CRUSHED. They did say she could have the leather replaced...for a fee Has anyone had this done? I wonder how much it is to replace. For this reason I am definately going to waterproof my Keepall. I know this thing is going to take a beating so I want to protect it before I start using it.