Thanks for your responses!
I'm leaning toward the burgundy pepe leather. The Gale I just got is dark brown, but it's a real chameleon of a color.....in some lights it almost has an olive hint to it, in others it's a dark taupe. I LOVE the neutrality of it, so I'm thinking that I need a pop of color instead of another neutral. I've obsessively looked at pics of both colors online, but just find it very hard to choose. I really think I keep coming back to the burgundy, though.......
I'm deciding too between the anthracite and a more bold color. I ordered the "washed navy" from net a porter but just sent it back as, IMO, it looked a bit Smurf-y.
I've seen photos where the anthracite ages over time to a taupe/brown. Has anyone else had this happen? I like the starting grey color as it is.