Be forewarned, this post might be long. I'm now the proud owner of three BV bags that have peels in the leather. First was my noce braided handle tote then my nero cervo hobo. Both have been discussed in another thread and I found I was not the only one with this problem. Well, thanks to great sunlight streaming through the windows, I see I have a peel on my very new ebano belly veneta where the woven leather meets the plain leather on the strap. I'm not happy! I refuse to think it has anything to do with the way I use my bags. Many days they don't even leave the house. I don't have a cat. I don't use public transportation nor am I ever in crowded places where I'm bumped. And I've never had a problem like this with any other brand. I'm so bummed I even wandered into LV to see what new styles they have since my first one lasted 10 years and I carried it 365 days a year. Before you all say send the bag back to BV, I did that with the noce tote. They glued it. My SA had it happen to her Julie. BV considers it wear but I'm assuming she had the bag a long time and used it frequently. All three of my bags developed these peels soon after they were purchased. What can I say other than I've lost the BV love.