So I noticed that there is a correlation between the type of leather a bbag fan loves and when they first fell for Balenciaga. For instance, the "veteran" fans seem to love the smoother, no veins leather created before 2006. While those who fell in love with Balenciaga in 2006-2007 love the distressed, full of "character" veiny leather. Do you guys believe that your preference depends on when you were introduced to Balenciaga and the year your first bbag was acquired? I thought it would be interesting if we listed when our first bbag was and what type of leather we like! I'll go first. My first Balenciaga was in 2006. I am not inclined towards choosing a bag that is 100% smooth. I like the distressed, smooshy leather. Veins don't bother me as long as they don't take away from the color of the bag (i.e. make it look washed out). I like some veins because it adds character!