I just got my DMZ tote in Bordeaux and wallet from Amazon. I know it is a soft rugged leather like Bal bags . Nicer I think and chewy, thick. I have a few scratches or faded lines in back of the bag and quite a lot of loose strings. Since it did not come from the LP site, do you find this normal for your bags? It was such a great sale that I like it too much to send it back. I wanted black but only the small Jesse speedy is a good price or the perforated Speedy satchel on The Rack. Anyone notice lines or strings? I think the fraying is normal. Thank you for your help!